Wongawilli - Australian Traditional Dance Tunes Vol 2

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T his book forms part of a second package following the previous one consisting of the Volume 1 tune book and an accompanying double CD with 85 of these tunes.

Fifty one of the tunes in this book have been recorded onto Swag of Treasures, Australian Traditional Dance Tunes, Volume 2. This recording formed part of Jane Brownlee and David De Santi's inaugural National Library of Australia Folk Festival Fellowship in 2004 along with a concert performance at the 2004 National Folk Festival.

Jane and David spent 2 months going through a portion of the huge folk music collection at the National Library of Australia and found a number of song and tune treasures to help fill up the growing swag of Australian folk songs and tunes.

The project is presented by the Wongawilli Colonial Dance Club Inc. as part of its ongoing aim to present and preserve Australian traditional folk dance and music.

The tunes in this book are arranged in sets suitable for the dances. These sets can also be used for other similar 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.

The tunes have been collected from a recordings, printed books, transcriptions and handed-on scraps of paper!

This collection is not a complete view of the repertoire of the bush musician as many more common Anglo-Celtic tunes have not been included. Collections such as Peter Ellis' Collectors Choice 3 volumes of 500 tunes gives a fuller picture of the tunes played by Australia's dance musicians.

The aim of this collection is to add to the existing traditional musicians repertoire and to ensure these unique tunes are given the opportunity to be survive, be played and enjoyed.

About the Notation
Folk dance music is traditionally learned by ear. It is difficult to notate all the nuances and subtleties of the tunes. The printed music is only a guide. The tunes on the CD are decorated with slides, double stops, drones, bow tickling, scrunches, trills and grace notes that are all part of the traditional musician's arsenal of ornaments. It is these ornaments which give the music its vitality. Listen to the recording and then mould the tunes as you will. Or even better, get the original recording from the NLA!

The Recording
The Swag of Treasures, Australian Traditional Dance Tunes, Volume 2 CD recording has 51 of the tunes in this book. They have been arranged in 14 sets for various dances. It was recorded and engineered at the National Library of Australia by Gregory Downton.

The musicians on the recording

Fiddle    Jane Brownlee
Piano accordion David De Santi
Piano Jane Brownlee
Lagerphone, spoons, bass drum Graeme Murray

Guest musicians
Slide guitar, 5 string Banjo, Slide guitar Kevin Bradley
Button accordion    Mark Tandy
Bodhran    Samuel De Santi

Also available separately is an accompanying CD TN268 $25

This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 09 July, 2008.


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