A recording of an event held at The Governor Hindmarsh Hotel to promote the audiovisual collections of the State Library of South Australia. The event begins with a welcome from Bronwyn Halliday, Director of the State Library, who introduces Eric Bogle and John Schumann who perform one song together. Popular music reviewer, Ian Meikle, hosts the show and interviews Bogle about his childhood in Scotland; migration experience; reasons for living in Adelaide; songwriting; political beliefs and personal philosophy. Bogle plays a set accompanied by John Munro. Meikle introduces Schumann who talks about the genesis of the band Redgum; leaving Redgum; the experience of living in Bali; the Frontline album; recording for children; the influence of South Australia in his music; the Vietnam war and the future. Schumann plays a set accompanied by Mick Wordley. Meikle acknowledges those responsible for the success of the event and the evening concludes with the four musicians playing together.
Tape 1 Side A: 0.00 (welcome and introductions) BOGLE & SCHUMANN: 3.34 Two hundred years. 15.25 (interview with Eric Bogle). BOGLE: Tape 1 Side B: 11.00 It's not cricket. 17.40 The reason for it all. 25.15 Scraps of paper. Tape 2 Side A: 1.00 Endangered species. 8.10 Shelter. 12.38 And the band played Waltzing Matilda. Tape 2 Side B: (blank) Tape 3 Side A: 0.00 (introduction) 3.30. (interview with John Schumann). SCHUMANN: 28.00 If I close my eyes. Tape 3 Side B 0.18 Leigh Creek Road. 5.30. Thunder across the reef. 10.57. For the children. 16.30. The long run. 20.40. I was only 19. BOGLE, SCHUMANN, MUNRO & WORDLEY: 28.45. Singing the spirit home.
Eric Bogle was born in Peebles, Scotland in September 1945; son of a woodcutter; emigrated in 1969 and went to Canberra; became an accountant; 1980 became a musician in Queensland; 1986 awarded UN Peace medal; 1987 Medal of Order of Australia; in Scotland was lead singer of Eric and the Informers; turned to folk music; first songs in Australia were about his parents; Australia was a new life for him; involved in politics from the start; never had an ambition to be a musician, it just happended; moved to Adelaide because it was cheaper to live; moved to Gawler and bought an 1853 cottage; now lives at Malvern; talks about songs "Singing the spirit home" "And the band played Waltzing Matilda" as an anti-war song, this song made him famous. John Schumann was born in May 1953; BA from Flinders University; teacher at Seaton High School; lead singer of Red Gum from 1976 for ten years; travelled Australia, UK, Europe with Red Gum; numerous awards and gold records; returned to Adelaide in 1986; strongly influenced by Brian Medlin at Flinders University, 'Politics and Art' course; talks about the song "I've been to Bali too" and the children's album "Here we go Looby Loo"; tells story of grandfather being saved from the sinking of the 'Star of Greece' at Port Willunga; talks about several of his songs "I was only nineteen" about the Vietnam War.
Technical quality affected by variable record levels and some distortion.
Recorded 18 February 2001.
Available on cassette (4 tapes)
Copies may be supplied for research and study. Publication only with written permission from the State Library of SA.
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