2006
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These songs have an Australian essence, telling stories of swaggies and shearers, of coach and railway, of romance and despair, of station life real and mythical. Some came from Banjo Paterson's Old Bush Songs, some from other published sources... but all begging for a tune.
1. Biralla Station Ball 2. Speewaa 3. Limejuice Tub 4. Black Billy Tea 5. The Braidwood Coach 6. Bringing Home the Cows 7. The Song of the Fettler 8. What a Life! 9. The Press Gang 10. Down by the Sydney Side 11. Way of the World 12. The Ramble-eer (More Info)

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Bush Dance consists of 165 dance tunes arranged in sets for 39 bush dances by David Johnson. Background notes provide valuable information on the origins and history of the tunes. The tunes were transcribed from field recordings of traditional bush musicians, learnt from contemporary traditional style players, gleaned from relevant researched published sources, and written more recently.
Bush Dance was first published in 1984 and became established as a valuable source book for musicians interested in playing for bush dances. It has been through three editions and used in all states of Australia. The Monaro Folk Society use it currently as a basic repertoire for their beginning musicians.
Published by the Bush Music Club 1984 A4 Perfect Bound 100pp. 2nd Ed 1987. 3rd Ed 1997.

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This is the companion Bush Dance instruction book by Lance Green. It features detailed instructions for 39 dances - researched in historical documents, introduced in the folk revival, collected from country dancers, or written in traditional style. To be useful for dance callers they are presented as call cards with a glossary with clear diagrams of the terms used in calling.
Anne Pidcock has contributed historical notes on the dances and David Johnson has added a musical guide, a teacher's guide and a bibliography.
Published by the Bush Music Club 1986 A4 Perfect Bound 76pp.
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This 2CD set Bush Dance provides recorded music for 23 dances including the 5 figures of The Lancers. The music is played by the Heritage Ensemble and Southern Cross Bush Band both directed by David Johnson.
Bush Dance is particularly useful for teachers introducing bush dancing to their students from K - 12.
Published by the Bush Music Club on cassette BMC001-010 in 1988 and modified and rereleased as BMC012 (2 CD set) in 2000.
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The Heritage Ensemble presents a full ball card of Australian music on CD. The Ensemble is an annual confluence of the best bush musos in NSW under the musical direction of David Johnson. They provide a full bush orchestra sound for the Heritage Ball put on annually by the Bush Music Club. In 1990 they were recorded by Graham McDonald at 2MBS-FM and again in 1996 at Black Inc Studios. This recording features over thirty musicians. In 2004 the band was featured at the National Folk Festival as part of the 50th Anniversary of the Bush Music Club.
Published by the Bush Music Club BMC011 in 2000.

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William Litten was a ship's fiddler in Royal Navy in the first years of the nineteenth century. What makes Litten remarkable amongst his peers was his ability to transcribe music. In the years 1800 to 1802 he was aboard the HMS Gorgon, leaving England in May 1800, arriving in China in February 1801 and passing through St Helena in 1802. During the voyage he wrote down much of his repertoire, thus giving us a unique snapshot of the musical and, in particular, the fiddle repertoire of his time. The original and now unprocurable book was assembled and published in 1977. Extensive searches failed to find the publishers. The book was reproduced from a copy on interlibrary loan from New Mexico for the purposes of a presentation at a workshop at the National Folk Festival in Canberra in 2006. A few copies remain and are offered here.
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This volume is based on the above book of William Litten's tunes. I have extracted my personal favourites and arranged them in sets where appropriate. Arrangements are by my son James, who has a flair for finding the right chord.

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In April 2008 a tour group of bush dancers from eastern Australia converged on Norfolk Island for a week of bush dancing and sight seeing. The dance program featured workshops by:
Peter Ellis from Bendigo
Coral Eden from Melbourne
Gwen and Norm Burke from the Illawarra
Jan and Vic Orloff from Brisbane
Margaret and Bill Winnett from Sydney
Helen and Tony Romeo from Sydney
Their dance instructions have been compiled into this booklet.

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The musical director of the Norfolk Island trip put together these sets of tunes to suit the dancesthat were taught at workshops, dances and the ball

There are only a few copies remaining.

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A compilation of tunes from the Southern Tablelands region of NSW, including tunes from Frank Collins, Stan Treacy, John Warn, Harry Cotter, Pearly Watling, Doug Daniel, and others. Tunes arranged by David Johnson for the Old Goulburn Brewery Sessions.

To purchase the above items print the order form and post with payment to: David Johnson, c/o PO Penrose NSW 2579
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