About bush music

About bush music bobbux Mon, 29/05/2017 - 23:31

paverty members on stage
Paverty Bush Band perform at the inaugural Majura Valley Bush Festival, 2017

The term "bush music" generally refers to the music of the Europeans who colonised Australia. It is mostly in the English language with the music being of the anglo-celtic tradition and sharing the same roots as other folk music forms such as old-time string band music and bluegrass.

old pamphlet cover - says "old bush songs edited by A B Paterson"Some of the most recognizable songs from the traditional bush music lexicon are:

  • Click go the Shears
  • Waltzing Matilda
  • The Wild Colonial Boy
  • The Black Velvet Band
  • The Drover's Dream

Examples of more recently written songs, and where bush music crosses over into folk and folk rock include:

  • And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda
  • Diamantina Drover
  • I Was Only 19

Here are some links to video of Franklyn B Paverty singing bush songs and ballads mostly at National Folk Festivals in recent years ...

See also:

paverty members with Alex Hood
Franklyn B Paverty and Alex Hood: in concert at the 2015 National Folk Festival


Paverty members on stage
Franklyn B Paverty sings it out at a 2015 National Folk Festival concert