Wongawilli - Australian Traditional Dance Tunes Vol 1 (CD)

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This recording is part of a larger project by the Wongawilli Colonial Dance Club Inc. in its ongoing aim to present Australian traditional folk dance and music. There are accompanying books of tunes and dance instructions. The tunes are arranged in sets suitable for the suggested dances. These sets can also be used for other similiar structured dances in regards to numbers of bars and repetitions.The majority of the tunes used are authentic tunes collected from older dance musicians by folklorists since the early 1950s.

Many thanks to the following collectors for sharing the music - John Meredith, Rob Willis, Alan Musgrove, Dave de Hugard, Mike Martin, Brad Tate, Chris Sullivan, Mark Rummery, Mark and Maria Schuster and Peter Ellis. The listing has been prepared with information on the number of bars and repititions, the speed of the music (bars per minute) and the name and origin of the tune.

This production forms part of an extensive catalogue of traditional Australian publications and recordings available from Wongawilli Colonial Dance Club Inc. Review by Bob Bolton, Bush Music Club - "After all those CDs of mostly songs, Wongawilli has decided to firmly don their dance hats and record an album of dance sets – something they do rather well. Not satisfied with 23 sets of tunes (2 hours worth) to suit popular dances of the 19th and early 20th century in Australia, they have augmented the first CD of the set with a substantial extract of their web site, with information about the Wongawilli Dancers and Band as well as the history, customs, music, instruments of bush dancing. The tunes are mostly collected from traditional musicians and serve as an antidote to the shameless pilfering from Irish and Scottish fake books that drives so many so-called bush bands. This makes these CDs of real value to any dancers and musicians who want genuine Australian music for real Australian dances.

The CD has ‘sheet music’ for 41 traditional bush tunes (mostly from the Carrawobbity book/CD Australian Dance Tunes) and dance instructions for 27 of the 33 dances on the CD (all of which can be danced to some set on the CD) and instructions for another 14 (which probably fit some set on the CD as well). There is a selection of information, articles, references, contacts and links. Wongawilli has also produced a matching tune book with 185 tunes."

Artist Info
Wongawilli and the Wongawilli Colonial Dancers have been ambassadors of the tradition of social music and dances of Australia's settlers for the past 10 years. They have been passionate in preserving this tradition and heritage through lively, colourful and entertaining performances. The songs and music performed by the band relate the struggles, achievements and experiences of Australia's many diversified settlers. The unique musical style includes acoustic instruments and authentic material from older performers.

About the artist: "This ensemble is highly regarded in the field of interpreting authentic Australian traditional music, song and dance as a performance art. The group is recognised in Australia as a leading force in the revitalisation of our folk traditions" - Warren Fahey AM.

This product was added to our catalog on Monday 07 July, 2008.


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