2007, English, Sound, Interview, lecture, talk edition: John Armstrong interviewed by Rob Willis in the Rob Willis folklore collection [sound recording]. Armstrong, John, 1947- (Interviewee)

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Physical Description
  • 4 sound files.
Published
  • 2007.
Language
  • English

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Title
  • John Armstrong interviewed by Rob Willis in the Rob Willis folklore collection.
Creator
  • Armstrong, John, 1947- (Interviewee)
Other Creators
  • Willis, Rob, 1944- (Interviewer)
Published
  • 2007.
Medium
  • [sound recording]
Physical Description
  • 4 sound files.
Series
Part Of
  • Rob Willis folklore collection
Subjects
Summary
  • Folkloric recording. John Armstrong speaks about his family background; leaving England at 14 years of age; reason for emigration; travelling on the ship 'Orontes'; arriving at Fremantle, W.A., (1961); sailing from Fremantle to Melbourne; his siblings; Jimmy Shand; his schooling; developing his music in Australia; receiving a guitar for his birthday; being in a folk band (1963); Kerry John Singers' school band; listening to Alex Hood records; leaving school; jobs; learning accountancy; travelling to Queensland (1965); Wally Flemming; Gladstone experience; performing at the Montenegro Club; playing rock'n'roll; learning songs; playing at a disco; playing folk music; seeing Slim Dusty performing; influence of Hillbilly and Slim's music; bush songs; Tex Morton; taking on other jobs; repertoire of music in the band; illness associated with smoking; drug scene among musicians/​performers; managing a music shop (1967); running a music school; forming a band 'Hallelujah Chorus'; naming band 'Laverocks'; name change to 'Free Wheelers'.
  • Armstrong speaks about Blossom Brown; Chris Carpenter; adapting poetry to music; Mulga Bill's Bicycle Band; learning to play fiddle; Australian repertoire; Australian Independence Movement; Bushwackers (1971); Jim Buchannan; 'Free Wheelers' combining with another band; new band name 'Longford Street Band'; Dave Kit; giving up day jobs to play full time; Maity Swallow joining the band; Blossom rejoining the band (1979); band name change to 'Cobbers' (1972); recording with EMI records; making his own recordings; distributing records through Electric Records; Bushwackers and Cobbers concerts; Warner Bros; Maity Swallow; John Fitzgerald; using records as promotion; recording of 'Bushland Dreaming'; moving to Festival Records; national tour (1979); Longford Festival in Tasmania; Ron Howard; Norm McCourt; Cobber's dances; raising money for Community Aid Abroad; repertoire of dance music; Cobbers Bonza Bush Band; Shirley Andrews; Bush Music Club; relationship with Bushwackers (2nd); achievements of the 'Cobbers'.
Contents
  • Tells stories about: Guitars painted white
  • promotion of music
  • music students
  • appearing on TV show 'New Faces', coming 2nd in the national
  • band name change to 'Cobbers'
  • performances and arrangements
  • Barney McKenna and Fitzy swapping tunes
  • Fitzy playing his tenor banjo
  • his 1976 accident.
Biography
  • John Armstrong born 1947 in Gosport, England, was a formative member of the 'Cobber's Bush Band. The band played together as professional musicians for just on 30 years. Along with the Melbourne 'Bushwackers' the band were influential in setting the musical direction of many bush bands who followed.
Notes
  • Recorded by Olya Willis.
  • Accompanying photographs.
  • Recorded on July 1, 2007 at Malmsbury, Vic.
  • Digital master available ; National Library of Australia ; nla.obj-221003717.
Numbering Note
  • Timed summary (7 p.) and uncorrected transcript (typescript, 102 leaves)
Access Conditions
  • Access open for research, personal copies and public use.
Language
  • English
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