Eric Bogle - The Dreamer

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About the artist: Eric is one of Australia's most prolific and respected songwriters whose songs have been covered by many artists including Joan Baez, Mary Black, Donovan, Slim Dusty, Billy Bragg, The Pogues and The Furies, to name just a few. Eric is a literate and thoughtful songwriter who can cut to the heart of the matter with a few well crafted lines. He's also a warm and engaging performer who, with his sharp, often self-deprecating wit and shrewd common sense view on the world, communicates well with the audience and draws them in to his performance.

The Dreamer is Eric Bogle's 15th album and is released as Eric prepares to hang up his 'touring boots' and embark on a final round of touring. As always, Eric will be accompanied by his long-time buddy John Munro, who has produced this and other Eric Bogle albums. A compulsive, almost obsessive songwriter for most of his adult life, Eric has written some songs that have pretty much become Australian (if not world) classics of their particular genre. Possibly his best known song is The Band Played Waltzing Matilda, which confirmed its status by appearing as a question in the Australian version of Trivial Pursuit! Some of his other songs - No Man's Land (The Green Fields of France), Leaving Nancy, Now I'm Easy, Shelter, If Wishes Were Fishes - are now beginning to rival Matilda in the icon stakes. Eric's songs have been recorded by Joan Baez, Mary Black, Jean Redpath, June Tabor, Donovan, John Williamson, Billy Bragg, The Pogues, The Fureys and The Corries - to name just a few. Eric was born in Peebles in Scotland and says he was "destined to be a politician or a folk singer of protest songs... And so one of these prophecies came to pass..." In 1969 he emigrated to Australia and in 1980, after various jobs, he embarked on the perilous career path of a professional musician. Together with his touring partner John Munro, Eric has literally taken his music to the world. He has toured extensively over the last 25 years or so, and this includes 8 tours of North America, 10 tours of Europe and many tours of Australia. He has appeared at every major folk and Country music festival in Australia and around the world. He has won many awards along the way, including the Order Of Australia medal for services to the entertainment industry and a Peace Medal from the United Nations for his efforts, through music, to promote peace and racial harmony. In Scotland he was recognised by the Scots "Trad Music Awards and has been placed in their Hall Of Fame. This is yet another fine clutch of songs from Eric, plus one by John Munro. The songs are thought- provoking as always and bound to move the listener. With John Munro (acoustic guitars, mandolin, banjo, vocals), Emma Luker (fiddle, cello, backing vocals), Phil Cuneen (piano), Pete Titchener (acoustic guitar), Trev Warner (dobro) and Damien Steele-Scott (electric bass) providing excellent backing. Bringing Buddy Home deals with coffins of young American soldiers being shipped home from Iraq. Nothing Worth Saving is for those willing to stand up and be counted for what they believe in. The Dreamer - Eric says "I admit it, I'll hold up my hand". Someone Else's Problem is about the great Murray River slowly dying. Lost Soul deals with the disgrace of the Australian Ngarrindjeri people not being regarded as Australian citizens in 1916, and John Munro's excellent contribution Snowdrop is a song about homelessness. The last song on the album is aptly titled The Last Note, and Eric states simply in the sleeve note - "Indeed it is".

Eric Bogle – The Dreamer

by Ian Dearden
Lets start with a few
disclosures.
Eric and I once lived in the
same city and frequented
some of the same folk clubs
(long since lost to memory).
I have seen innumerable Eric
Bogle concerts, in solo, duo, trio
and band formats and felt privileged
to have witnessed each of those
concerts.
I have most of (but shamefully, not
all) Eric’s recorded output, including
a number of vinyl discs (for Gen Y
readers, they’re big, black and you
get to play both sides!)
And fi nally, I fi rmly believe that
he is one of Australia’s National
(naturalised) Living Treasures, to
whom all Australians owe a debt of
gratitude for his decision to emigrate
to this country, and to stay!
So when this latest CD dropped
in my letterbox for review, I was
delighted.
The delight has continued through
repeated listenings.
Like all of us, Eric is not getting
any younger, but the heart on his
sleeve still beats strongly and burns
brightly.
Immaculately produced by long
time collaborator John Munro
(who delivers on this CD a solo
performance of his chilling song
Snowdrop about a homeless
Moscow man who dies a frozen
victim of a “new” Russia), this album
has you in its grasp from the outset.
Many of Eric’s perennial
obsessions are here: the futility of
war (Bringing Buddy Home, Lost
Soul); the Aussie battler (Nothing
Worth Saving); the environment
(Someone Else’s Problem, Australian
Prayer for Rain); the endless
complications of human and family
relationships (Canadian Christmas
Song, Flying Away); and his mother
Nancy (Standing In The Light).
And best of all, he is not ashamed
to follow his dreams (The Dreamer).
As Eric and John so beautifully
sing in a paean to the power of
music on this album’s fi nal song, “it
gives me hope and feeds my soul”
(The Last Note).
In addition to his production
duties, John Munro provides his
usual immaculate musicianship,
playing 6 and 12 string acoustic
guitars, mandolin, banjo and
backing vocals.
He is well supported by a range
of other superb musicians, most
notably his Colcannon compatriot
Emma Luker on fi ddle, cello and
vocals.
If you haven’t gathered by now, I
believe this CD is up with the best
of Eric’s work and as the latest
album from one of Australia’s
fi nest songwriters, you should
do yourself (and all Australians) a
favour, by going and buying a copy,
immediately.

Track Listing: 1. Bringing Buddy Home 2. Standing in the Light 3. Nothing Worth Saving 4. Snowdrop 5. The Dreamer 6. Flying Away 7. Canadian Christmas Song 8. Someone Else’s Problem 9. Lost Soul 10. An Australian Prayer for Rain 11. The Last Note

This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 20 May, 2009.

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