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Launched at the Hats Off
Festival in Tamworth the CD Gregory
North is Fully
has been a big success. It is a great
introduction to the many moods and voices of this talented performer.
Bush Laureate Success
At the 2006 Australian Bush Laureate Awards in Tamworth,
by Jim Haynes, the album contains 14 tracks, which provide listeners
with a wide variety of humorous, original poetry featuring an amazing
range of accents. There are also four traditional poems as well as a
serious and stirring Gregory North original, The
Sick Mate! was a finalist in Album of the Year.
- Track 11, Banjo Paterson's The
Man From Snowy River (in 14 different accents) was a
finalist for Single Recorded Performance of the Year.
From the serious, to the funny,
to the really ridiculous, there’s
something for everyone in this collection. This talented man of many
voices might just change the way you think about Bush Poetry.
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(4:02) – A humorous send up of that great Aussie character
familiar in every community. While his savage dog guards his ute,
he’ll discuss any subject over a cuppa and bickies. This
will remind you of someone you’ve met.
(1:07) – With their unsightly clothing, smutty talk and self
obsession, Young People are a problem today, that’s according
the old fuddy-duddy speaking in this fun poem.
(1:04) – You ring for help with some new fangled piece of
technology… and your call could connect you to almost
in the world. Who knows what you’ll hear on the other end?
Bush Christening (A
B Paterson) (2:53) – This classic from Banjo gets the Gregory
North Irish brogue treatment, bringing the bush characters to life in
that unique christening ceremony.
(1:14) – Ever had trouble explaining what you mean, or
understanding someone who talks in high-faluting terms? It could be a
breakdown of communication, or something else.
Been In The Wars
(4:15) – As people age, they often become quite competitive
it comes to their medical conditions, procedures and operations.
There’s always someone with a more harrowing tale. This is
(P J Hartigan / John O’Brien) (4:00) –
all be rooned". This great Australian favourite is always
hear, especially when given the Gregory North treatment.
(My Ute) (4:02) – The youth of today, like the generations
them, seem to have their own vocabulary. Maybe you’ve heard
use terms like 'filthy',
'mad', 'sick', 'fully
'hectic' when just plain "good"
They call their mates 'homeboys' or
and drive their little rice-burner cars with their
'doof-doof' music blaring. How would someone like
the suburbs cope with relocation to the outback? How would they adapt?
TABs, Cabs & Kebabs
(1:34) – Taxi drivers have seen it all before, but what is it
that drives the inebriated towards gambling and a late nite kebab?
(comedy) (4:25) – This yarn centres around the town of
near the Murray River in Victoria. It’s where the Man From
River Festival is held each year. But what do the locals do for fun the
rest of the time?
Man From Snowy River
(A B Paterson) (7:37) – Australia’s best-known poem
sounded like this! With 14 different accents, this classic ballad is
sure to provoke a giggle, a laugh, or a total collapse! Often requested
at Bush Poetry events it is becoming a crowd favourite all over again.
This track was also a finalist in the 2006 Bush Laureate Awards for
single recorded performance of the year.
(4:43) – At last, a serious poem! Australia’s
longest river, stretching over 2,500 km, the Murray has a catchment
covering one seventh of the continent. Of that area, a tiny speck, less
then two percent contributes one quarter of all the flow in the Murray
River. That tiny speck is called the Upper Murray and includes the roof
of Australia – the Snowy Mountains. It is from the sides of
mountains like The Pilot, Mount Jagungal (the Big Bogong) and Mount
Kosciusko that water starts its flow to become the mighty Murray River.
Wheat (C J Dennis) (6:10) - One of
Australia’s most prolific poets, C J Dennis knew how to bring
characters to life. This poem of life on the land, seen through the
eyes of one who loves it, brings out the humility and dry humour of the
wheat cocky, with that Gregory North twist.
Corryong Committee Meeting (comedy)
(4:58) – Once you put on a successful event in
it becomes part of the calendar. How can the organising committee make
this year's event bigger and better? This
yarn brings out a few more of Corryong's locals as they plan
a big day.
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