Banter I Songs and Tunes

A bit of Banter: 3- The Diamantina Drover

a-muso-imageThere’s no fool like an old fool, they say, so what happens when a bunch of oul’ coots gather together to make music? The next 20 posts may enlighten you as to the question just posed and may also, perhaps, enrage or entertain. Anything’s better than a yawn, I guess. These songs were the result of a few sessions around a table laden with alcoholic beverages of various kinds. Plonked in the centre of the table was a laptop with built-in mic that somehow survived the knocks and spillages that were part and parcel of the sessions. 

Song 3: The Diamantina Drover– Another marvellous song which looks at the Australian experience. The drover is an iconic Aussie character anddrover here the persona reflects upon the landscape, regrets and longings in a uniquely antipodean way.  Written by Hugh McDonald who performed and recorded with the Bushwackers, the Sundowners, Banshee, Redgum, Des “Animal” McKenna, Moving Cloud and the Colonials, this is one of our favourite songs. Unfortunately, Hugh lost his battle with prostate cancer in November 2016

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