Australian Folk Tunes: play at sessions as below (Tel. Denise on 0402 050 524) and gradually
develop the skills (i) to play tunes from memory and (ii) to follow other players by ear: -
For fiddlers and melody string players, every Monday evening, The Fireside Fiddlers' session.
Playbacks and recordings: many tunes listed below have playbacks for learning whilst others have live recordings.
We suggest: (a) listen to the audio file playback to get the idea of the tune, (b) play along with the sound at the lowest speed provided,
(c) use the score only when you can't identify a note.
- A selection of collected and composed Australian tunes to challenge the
myth of Australian folk music that, "It ALL came from Ireland!"
Some tunes did indeed so come before the Australian folk music revival of the 1950s,
but only some. In this list of Harry's favourites there are one hundred and fifty years of
folk music immigrating here mainly from Britain, middle Europe, and the USA together with quite a few wonderful examples from elsewhere,
to say nothing of those many that we've composed ourselves, both indigenous and since white settlement