Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Ray Grieve collection



Thanks to Ray for sharing his photos.



The Rouseabouts - a rattling good bush band. an interview with Ray Grieve  by John Low at Simply Australia website
The Rouseabouts flourished from the mid 70s to c1983 and Ray left in 1981.
I understand it was also through your involvement with the Rouseabouts that you began researching the history of the harmonica in Australia?
Yes, aside from being able to develop and improve my own flute playing in a professional environment, it was through the Rouseabouts that my introduction to the old records of Raema's step-grandfather, P. C. Spouse, came about.
Bob Bolton, being a harmonica player and BMC identity, had received a taping of them from John Meredith and hearing them was the catalyst for my many years of research into the history of the harmonica in Australia. Five years of playing traditional music had given me a real passion for Australian music history and I formulated a project to research, collect and preserve rare items of music from the past. The end result of this was the book, A Band in a Waistcoat Pocket: the Story of the Harmonica in Australia, published by Currency Press in 1995.




 


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Festival of Sydney 1978


 BMC Concert Party Opera House


Rouseabouts in the Domain

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Rouseabouts at unknown event (photographer unknown)


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extract from Simply Australia article

Was it in 1978 that you participated in the re-opening of the historic Hartley Village on the western edge of the Blue Mountains?Yes, in August 1978, we were approached by the NP&WS to provide a segment of music relating to the history of the crossing of the Blue Mountains for the newly restored and renovated Hartley Village. It was recorded at R. D. Barlow Pty. Ltd. in North Annandale. It comprised vocal and instrumental offerings which were edited into an audio-visual slide presentation around a separately recorded oral history of the event, running for around 30 minutes. This audio-visual display was for permanent showing to tourists in a small theatre room in the old Rectory/Presbytery building in the village.
We were also booked to play at the Opening Day Ceremony at Hartley Village on the 14thAugust. The State Government had spent a lot of money on the restoration and there were many dignitaries, politicians and local identities present on the official guest list. 
It was a hugely successful day all round with great weather as well. Our transport from Sydney and back was arranged and we played all day in the open outside the old Courthouse. Inside the Courthouse there was also a permanent audio presentation featuring Declan Affley among others. The Opening Day event was covered by the Sydney Morning Herald and local Lithgow press and on ABC TV and Prime TV from Orange. After a photo session with the State Minister Mr. Crabtree, we were invited to call in to the local apple orchard shop of Barry Morris on the way home to collect a bucket of apples each.
The audio-visual ran for another 7 years or so in the old Rectory/Presbytery building and was then transferred to the old Post Office building after it was partially restored around 1985. It ran there for another 10 years or so, until it was water-damaged after a bad storm. It is now housed in the Farmers' Inn.



Article from Lithgow Mercury, 15th August 1978

 

Hartley article in Sydney Morning Herald

Bill Crabtree, Minister for Lands (1976-80), at opening of Little Hartley village, SMH


Bill Crabtree, Minister for Lands (1976-80) at opening of Little Hartley village,  SMH


Colour photos taken by Jan Hackett
















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Ray, John Poleson, Keith Snell (unknown photographer & date)

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Rouseabouts at Sofala  - Bob Bolton, Len Neary (seated), John Poleson, Ray, Keith Snell, Chris Kempster, Bob Thompson.  Black and white Sofala photo by Bob Bolton
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 Rouseabouts at Doonside, photos by Raema Grieve
 



Rouseabouts at Doonside

Rouseabouts at Doonside

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Concert in Sydney's Martin Plaza - 3 photos by Raema Grieve
 




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BMC's 2nd Colonial Ball, August 1979, Rockdale Town Hall

 

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Rouseabouts at the Marble Bar - a St. Patrick's Day beer promotion with Deborah Hutton on her first modelling job.
musicians - Bob Bolton (harmonica), Ray Grieve (whistle), Bob Thompson (fiddle), John Poleson (accordion),
Delan Affley (fiddle), Chris Kempster (guitar), Keith Snell (concertina)  (unknown photographer)




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Rouseabouts at The Rocks Festival, Sydney 1978, photos by Raema Grieve



 








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Rouseabouts concert Uni NSW, 1978, photos by Raema Grieve













 

 

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Saturday, 2 December 2017

Report on Bush Traditions Back to Binalong, 17-19th November, 2017

















A note on the history of Binalong.



Harry & Vera's graves


Val Turton's grave



Harry's house, 1935, from the Mechanics Institute Hall

Harry's granddaughter, Lilian with her 2 daughters & their families


Harry's music @ Lilian's party






Harry's descendants & friends waltzing to one of his tunes

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Session on the music & songs of Harry Cotter


 
Linda & Alan Swift

There once was a fellow from Binalong.

Melodeon and fiddle he played upon.
Schottische or a jig, a waltz or a reel.
Harry Cotter would play and they’d dance along.
                                  Linda Swift


Ray Milligan Tony Stuart & Dave Johnson


Bob Toohey on bush bass, & unidentified accordionist







George Bolliger & Bob Toohey







Tony Romeo, Stuart & Sally Leslie



31 musicians participated in the Tunes of Harry Cotter workshop

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Sing around the songs of Banjo Paterson


Dave Johnson



Don Brian singing from 1905 edition of Paterson's Old Bush Songs.


Dave Johnson, Helen & Tony Romeo



Ralph Pride



Ralph's concertina & tablet





Ralph Pride, Don Brian, Gavin & Moir Holmes


Grave of Banjo Paterson's father

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The weekend started with a poet's breakfast at the Black Swan Cafe, built as an inn in the 1840s




Helen Romeo & Robyn Sykes


Gavin Holmes


Keith

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And not forgetting the concertinas ...





Kathie McMahon, Dave de Hugard, Steve Wilson, Carole Helman, & Jackie Luke


Jackie Luke with hammered dulcimer, Greg Wilson, Pete McMahon




Pete (fiddle) & Sue (musical saw) McMahon & Kathie McMahon (no relation) on accordion


Greg Wilson's concertina workshop








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and the informal sessions

Steve Wilson, George Bolliger & Richard, with Arthur Heckendorf's back


Kathie McMahon, Denis McKay, Ray Mulligan, Dave de Hugard



Dave de Hugard


session at the front desk



Gavin, Linda, Alan & Moir at breakfast


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or the bush dances on Friday & Saturday nights

Harry's granddaughter Lilian dancing with Dave Johnson









Friday's band





Saturday's band











(photos Sandra Nixon)

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