Stranded podcast #180

December 14, 2013

* Featuring Politically Correct Waltzing Matilda’ *

The bush ballad ‘Waltzing Matilda’ is certainly the most famous of all Australian folk songs. It was first composed by poet Banjo Patterson in 1895 and set to music shortly thereafter.  From left field today you can hear a hilarious version titled ‘Politically Correct Waltzing Matilda’, performed by John Shortis and Moya Simpspn, which is what the song would sound like heavily edited by a couple of up-tight government employees!

I am just back from a brief trip to the province of Saskatchewan, where not only did I perform my own version of ‘Waltzing Matilda’ at a family gathering, but I also attended a house show by pianist and singer Jeffrey Straker, who is a native of the suburb of Cathedral in Regina. You can hear one of Jeffrey’s recent singles on the show today, as well as notable Saskatchewan artists Library Voices and Megan Nash and newcomer Kent Davies.

Featured video: Good For Grapes – ‘London Fog’ (2013)


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