"Billabong Song " ~ Audrey Auld (2009)
As Australian songwriter Audrey Auld tours America, she delights audiences with folk songs from her homeland, and fans have requested that she record some of them. Her new EP BILLABONG SONG is an acoustic collection of folk songs that are an integral part of the fabric of Australian culture, plus one beautiful new track ("Australia") written by Audrey and a poem from 1908. Recorded in Nashville by Mark Moffatt, with Stuie French (lead acoustic guitar) and Camille Te Nahu (harmony).
And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda
Australia (Paint You A Picture)
Pub With No Beer
My Country (poem)
Produced by Audrey Auld
"Waltzing Matilda", Australia's unofficial anthem, is known the world over. Who would have thought a song about a suicidal sheep thief could muster such joy? But bookend this with Eric Bogle's epic "And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda", and there is not a dry eye in the house. “Pub With No Beer”, made famous worldwide by Slim Dusty (aka David Kirkpatrick), proves it’s the country’s Down Under characters that give Australia its unique charm. “Camooweal” is a rare love song written by Slim that draws its title from the name of a small Outback town. “My Country”, a poem by Dorothea Mackellar familiar to many Australians, gives listeners a taste of Audrey’s spoken Australian accent. Audrey declares her own love of her native land with the original song "Australia (Paint You A Picture)".
"Just having been to Australia, this new release from Australian songstress Audrey Auld is a true delight for me to hear. The six tracks here represent Australian folk songs performed by Auld on her US tours that have since become audience requests, including the unofficial Australian anthem "Waltzing Mathilda." Here, Auld combines it with Eric Bogle's classic "And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda," a beautiful and epic war ballad, and Auld's original "Australia (Paint You A Picture)" to form an amazing and vivid musical triptych, illustrative of the land about which Auld sings and calls home. Her full and lustrous contralto is perfectly suited for this type of old-style balladeering and is stirring in the time-honored way of an authentic troubadour. Auld completes the short-form CD with a rousing drinking song "Pub With No Beer," Slim Dusty's gorgeous "Camooweal," and a really wonderful finish with Dorothea Mackellar's poem "My Country" in which Auld's wonderful spoken-word Australian accent brings the country and its culture to life."
Susie Glaze (Los Angeles, CA) Driftwood Magazine
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