Gregory North

Winton’s wisp of Banjo Paterson double album

Winton's wisp of Banjo Paterson double album

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Greg’s latest recording, launched in Winton, Queensland, Winton’s wisp of Banjo Paterson double album is a showcase of Banjo’s popular and not-so-well-known poems plus Waltzing Matilda and more. It features Stewart Peters singing Australia’s most famous song. Greg has also included his own original poem It’s Winton, eh? as an introduction to this famous outback town, the birthplace of Waltzing Matilda.

Produced by Soundshed Music, the double album contains 35 tracks with Greg’s take on Banjo Paterson’s classic poems. It includes Greg’s version of The Man From Snowy River in 15 different accents, as well as a straight version too! There’s also the Spoonerised Waltzing Matilda, or Maltzing Watilda.

There are poems from Henry Lawson, C J Dennis, Mary Gilmore and Edward Harrington too, all linked to Waltzing Matilda and Banjo Paterson.

The eternal popularity of Banjo Paterson’s poems shines through in this collection.

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The Tracks

Volume 1
  1. It’s Winton, Eh? (2:50) – A Gregory North original poem about the famous outback town of Winton – birthplace of Waltzing Matilda. The town has so much to experience, even if the water’s not the best!
  2. As Long as Your Eyes are Blue (A B Paterson) (1:15) – Banjo Paterson’s love poem to his one-time fiancée, Sarah Riley.
  3. Waltzing Matilda (A B Paterson) (3:41) – The original version as written by Banjo Paterson and Christina Macperson in the Winton area in the mid 1890s. Sung by Stewart Peters.
  4. Clancy of The Overflow (A B Paterson) (2:44) – This is the poem that brought Banjo to prominence as a poet in the pages of The Bulletin.
  5. The Man From Ironbark (A B Paterson) (3:57) – This poem tells what happened when a bushy from a place now called Stuart Town, near Banjo’s birthplace around Orange NSW, came to the big smoke of Sydney.
  6. The Man From Snowy River (A B Paterson) (6:37) – Banjo’s most famous poem which made him one of the greatest authors in Australian literature and one of the first celebrities of popular culture.
  7. Come By Chance (A B Paterson) (2:48) – A poem about a real place in the Pilliga district of NSW.
  8. A Bush Christening (A B Paterson) (2:56) – Strange things happen in the outback. Because of the isolation, sometimes things get put off, even important things like christenings.
  9. In the Droving Days (A B Paterson) (4:44) – The old drover in this poem would surely have passed through the Winton area. The description of the landscape is so vivid.
  10. The Geebung Polo Club (A B Paterson) (3:19) – Banjo was a skilled horseman and keen polo player but I wonder how much of this poem is based on experience.
  11. The Travelling Post Office (A B Paterson) (2:56) – Communication in the outback has always been difficult but sometimes amazing things happen. Even if one of the correspondents can’t write.
  12. Mulga Bill’s Bicycle (A B Paterson) (3:06) – An adventure of another of Banjo’s bush characters and early adopter of new technology.
  13. It’s Grand (A B Paterson) (1:44) – Life in Australia can be tough, especially during drought.
  14. The Man From Snowy River (A B Paterson – Greg’s interpretation) (7:51) – Australia’s best-known poem never sounded like this! With 15 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.
  15. The Daylight is Dying (A B Paterson) (1:54) – The last poem in Paterson’s first book, The Man From Snowy River and Other Verses.

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Volume 2
  1. Song of the Artesian Water (A B Paterson) (4:52) – a poem possibly inspired by Winton’s artesian bore, completed in 1895.
  2. Been There Before (A B Paterson) (1:32) – the story of a broke traveller visiting Walgett NSW.
  3. The Lost Drink (A B Paterson) (1:23) – the elusive hangover cure.
  4. The Man Who Was Away (A B Paterson) (1:56) – a tale of a widow’s embarrassing interaction with a solicitor.
  5. How the Favourite Beat Us (A B Paterson) (4:11) – the story of a horse race and the lessons learnt.
  6. Lost (A B Paterson) (3:00) – the moving story of an ill-fated ride.
  7. Johnson’s Antidote (A B Paterson) (5:18) – a snake bite cure that didn’t go so well.
  8. The Last Parade (A B Paterson) (2:10) – inspired by the plight of the Australian horses at the Boer War.
  9. The Lay of the Motor Car (A B Paterson) (1:17) – back when they were the new fad!
  10. The Old Australian Ways (A B Paterson) (2:58) – comparing the ways of English folk to our old Australian ways.
  11. A Mountain Station (A B Paterson) (2:01) – a prophecy about Banjo’s property near Yass in NSW.
  12. Song of the Wheat (A B Paterson) (2:56) – a tribute to the staple crop.
  13. We’re All Australians Now (A B Paterson) (2:31) – Banjo’s encouragement to the soldiers in World War I.
  14. Moving On (A B Paterson) (0:43) – from his wartime experience.
  15. A Dog’s Mistake (A B Paterson) (1:36) – from his book for children.
  16. Morgan (Edward Harrington) (3:30) – the story of the notorious bushranger that held up the home of one of the families later involved in the creation of Waltzing Matilda.
  17. Freedom on the Wallaby (Henry Lawson) (1:57) – a strongly worded challenge to authority which may have influenced our unofficial anthem.
  18. The Swagman (C J Dennis) (2:32) – a look at one of the characters in the famous song.
  19. No Foe Shall Gather Our Harvest (Mary Gilmore) (2:21) – a patriotic call to arms during war from the poet on the other side of the ten dollar note.
  20. Maltzing Watilda (A B Paterson, adapted from 1903 Marie Cowan arrangement for Billy Tea) (2:20) – a Spoonersied version ... with apologies to Banjo.

Buy double CD now using Credit card or PayPal
or listen via your favourite streaming service such as Apple Music, Spotify or YouTube etc. (2 volumes).