Launched at the Hats Off Festival in Tamworth, this was Greg’s first album. It’s a great
introduction to his many moods and voices. The album was a finalist at the 2006 Australian Bush Laureate
Awards in Tamworth, NSW.
Produced by Jim Haynes, the album contains 14 tracks, which provide listeners with a wide variety of humorous, original poetry featuring a range of accents. There are also four traditional poems as well as a serious and stirring Gregory North original, The Murray, Mate.
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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- The Tradesman (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 tradie will remind you of someone you’ve met.
- Young People (1:07) – With their unsightly clothing, smutty talk and self obsession, young people are a problem today, that’s according to the old fuddy-duddy speaking in this fun poem.
- Call Centre (1:04) – You ring for help with some new fangled piece of technology… and your call could connect you to almost anywhere in the world. Who knows what you’ll hear on the other end?
- A 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.
- Breakdown (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 just a breakdown.
- I’ve Been In The Wars (4:15) – As people age, they often become quite competitive when it comes to their medical conditions, procedures and operations. There’s always someone with a more harrowing tale. This is one of them.
- Said Hanrahan (P J Hartigan / John O’Brien) (4:00) – “We’ll all be rooned”. This great Australian favourite is always good to hear, especially when given the Gregory North treatment.
- Fully Sick, Mate! (My Ute) (4:02) – The youth of today, like the generations before them, seem to have their own vocabulary. Maybe you’ve heard them use terms like filthy, wicked, mad, sick, fully sick and hectic when just plain good would suffice. They call their mates homeboys or homies and drive their little rice-burner cars with their doof-doof music blaring. How would someone like this from the suburbs cope with relocation to the outback? How would they adapt?
- Slabs, 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?
- Corryong (comedy) (4:25) – This yarn centres around the town of Corryong, near the Murray River in Victoria. It’s where the Man From Snowy River Festival is held each year. But what do the locals do for fun the rest of the time?
- The Man From Snowy River (A B Paterson) (7:37) – Australia’s best-known poem never 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.
- The Murray, Mate (4:43) – At last, a serious poem! Australia’s greatest and longest river, owes its heart to the the Snowy Mountains.
- 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 Corryong, it becomes part of the calendar. How can the organising committee make this year’s event bigger and better? This non-politically-correct yarn brings out a few more of Corryong’s locals as they plan for a big day.
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