Hood, Alex (1935-)

Also known as
Hood, Alec (1935-)
Hood, Alex
Hood, Alexander
Hood, Alexander (1935-)
Field of activity
musician; collector; interviewer; folklorist; folk musician; dramatist; entertainer; singer; songwriter; performer; Actor; Composer; Musician; Performer
Libraries Australia
http://nla.gov.au/anbd.aut-an35981601
http://nla.gov.au/anbd.aut-an58767341
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https://nla.gov.au/nla.party-593389

Biographies

Alexander Hood is an Actor, Composer, Musician, Performer, who is mentioned in 6 events in the AusStage database

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Renowned entertainer, writer, actor and folk singer Alex Hood began performing at the age of ten years. He wrote his first book The Green Emerald at the age of eight and began writing short plays at the age of nine. Hood was a promising and talented cricket player at school and enjoyed acting and singing on stage. He attended Homebush Boys High School until the age of 15, when his father persuaded him to become an apprentice electrician. In 1953 Hood joined the Eureka Youth League, a communist organisation for young people. Here he learnt folk songs and dances from Australia and around the world. It was through the League that Hood befriended Chris Kempster who taught him to play the guitar. Kempster and Hood were invited by pioneer folklore collector John Meredith to join the Bushwhackers, Australia's first bush band. Hood performed in the musical Reedy River and toured with the Bushwhackers intermittently until they disbanded in 1957. Alex Hood with Chris Kempster and Harry Kay, all strongly influenced by the music and songs of English folklorist A.L. Lloyd, immediately decided to form another band featuring Australian folk music, the Rambleers. The Rambleers were very successful and recorded two records with Wattle Recordings in Sydney. Hood played the banjo, guitar and sang with the band until they parted in the early 1960s. As well as continuing to perform in revivals of Reedy River, Hood was asked by Kevon Kemp, a Sydney Morning Herald theatre critic, to play the lead role in a production of Fisher's Ghost by Douglas Stewart. The band also appeared in the production. Throughout the 1960s Hood continued to record and perform both as a solo act and with various musicians. He also began to collect folk songs and yarns from bush singers and musicians living around Sydney and to write children's songs and plays. By the early 1970s he had performed a large number of children's shows, many of them with Annette Hood. The duo continued to present children's shows based on Australian folklore to audiences throughout Australia. Hood continued to collect folkloric material for the National Library of Australia. He is regarded as one of Australia's most prolific writers and entertainers.

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  1. Alexander Hood's network
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  3. The Body
    Hood, Alexander (Actor)
    [1988-08-20]
    A performance staged at the New Theatre, Sydney (1973-), Newtown, NSW
  4. Sing for St. Ned
    Hood, Alexander (Composer)
    [1967-09-29]
    A performance staged at the ABC Radio, Sydney - Studio 228, Darlinghurst, NSW
  5. Alex Hood
    Hood, Alexander (Performer)
    [1979-01-01]
    A performance staged at the New South Wales, , NSW
  6. Alex Hood
    Hood, Alexander (Performer)
    [1979-01-01]
    A performance staged at the Queensland, , QLD
  7. Alex Hood
    Hood, Alexander (Performer)
    [1979-01-01]
    A performance staged at the Tasmania, , TAS
  8. Alex Hood
    Hood, Alexander (Performer)
    [1979-01-01]
    A performance staged at the Northern Territory, , NT

Resources by Alex Hood (354)

  1. Alex Hood interviewed by Edgar Waters
    Hood, Alex, 1935-
    [ Sound : 1996-1999 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 72,818.938)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 72,818.938)

  2. Alex Hood interviewed by Rob Willis in the Rob Willis folklore collection
    Hood, Alex, 1935-
    [ Sound : 1993 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 71,390.695)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 71,390.695)

  3. Alex Hood interviewed by Wendy Lowenstein in the Communists and the Left in the arts and community oral history project
    Hood, Alex, 1935-
    [ Sound : 1995 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 70,368.32)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 70,368.32)

  4. Alex Hood performs at the Elkira Motel, Alice Springs in the Alex Hood folklore collection
    Hood, Alex, 1935-
    [ Sound : 1962 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 69,952.5)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 69,952.5)

  5. Alex Hood sings Australian folk songs in the Alex Hood folklore collection
    Hood, Alex, 1935-
    [ Sound : 2002 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 66,893.477)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 66,893.477)

  6. Alex Hood interviewed by Edgar Waters
    Hood, Alex, 1935-
    [ Sound : 2005 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 65,930.906)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 65,930.906)

  7. Alex Hood interviewed by Chris Sullivan
    Hood, Alex, 1935-
    [ Sound : 2006 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 58,579.141)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 58,579.141)

  8. Alex Hood interviewed by Keith McKenry
    Hood, Alex, 1935-
    [ Sound : 2002 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 58,401.777)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 58,401.777)

  9. Gabor Morley interviewed by Alex Hood and Annette Hood in the Alex Hood folklore collection
    Morley, Gabor, 1924-
    [ Sound : 2013 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 52,392.832)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 52,392.832)

  10. Sally Sloane, Fred Sloane and Alex Hood sing for the John Meredith folklore field recordings, 1953-1961
    Sloane, Sally, 1894-1982
    [ Sound : 1969 ]
    View online
    At National Library
    Sally Sloane, Fred Sloane and Alex Hood sing for the John Meredith folklore field recordings, 1953-1961
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 50,585.445)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 50,585.445)

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Resources about Alex Hood (22)

  1. [Biographical cuttings on Alex Hood, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    [ Published : 1900-1990 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 80,157.852)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 80,157.852)

  2. Alex Hood interviewed by Edgar Waters
    Hood, Alex, 1935-
    [ Sound : 1996-1999 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 72,864.406)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 72,864.406)

  3. Alex Hood interviewed by Rob Willis in the Rob Willis folklore collection
    Hood, Alex, 1935-
    [ Sound : 1993 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 71,443.531)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 71,443.531)

  4. Alex Hood interviewed by Wendy Lowenstein in the Communists and the Left in the arts and community oral history project
    Hood, Alex, 1935-
    [ Sound : 1995 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 70,414.719)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 70,414.719)

  5. Alex Hood performs at the Elkira Motel, Alice Springs in the Alex Hood folklore collection
    Hood, Alex, 1935-
    [ Sound : 1962 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 69,782.727)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 69,782.727)

  6. Alex Hood sings Australian folk songs in the Alex Hood folklore collection
    Hood, Alex, 1935-
    [ Sound : 2002 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 66,721.016)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 66,721.016)

  7. Alex Hood interviewed by Edgar Waters
    Hood, Alex, 1935-
    [ Sound : 2005 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 65,861.633)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 65,861.633)

  8. Alex Hood interviewed by Chris Sullivan
    Hood, Alex, 1935-
    [ Sound : 2006 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 58,426.082)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 58,426.082)

  9. Alex Hood interviewed by Keith McKenry
    Hood, Alex, 1935-
    [ Sound : 2002 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 58,249.973)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 58,249.973)

  10. Alex Hood performing, 1974
    [ Photograph : 1974 ]
    Languages: No linguistic content
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    At National Library
    Alex Hood performing, 1974
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 54,014.578)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 54,014.578)

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  1. Merrill, Alex
    Producer; Performer; Writer; Actor
    ... Hood, Basil ... Alex Merrill is a Producer, Performer, Writer, Actor, who is mentioned in 9 events in the AusStage ...
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  2. Bushwhackers, The Musical Group
    ... production joined the Bushwhackers. Later in the season Cecil Crivas, Alex Hood and Alan Scott, folk singers ...
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  3. Kay, Harry (1927-)
    ... his wife Anne Louise Jones. After The Bushwhackers broke up in 1957, Kay and Alex Hood formed the band ...
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  1. Alex and Annette Hood slide collect ...
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    [ Photograph : 1969-1980 ]
    Alex and Annette Hood slide collection
  2. Alex Hood performing, 1974
    [ Photograph : 1974 ]
    Alex Hood performing, 1974
  3. Chapel at Santa Teresa Mission, Nor ...
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    [ Photograph : 1972 ]
    Chapel at Santa Teresa Mission, Northern Territory, 1972
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    Buildings at Santa Teresa, Northern Territory, 1972
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    Group of Aboriginal Australian dancers, Bamyili, Northern Territory, 1972
  6. Cockatoo Island viewed from Gow Str ...
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    [ Photograph : 1970-1979 ]
    Cockatoo Island viewed from Gow Street, Balmain, New South Wales, probably between 1970 and 1979

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  1. Alex Hood : 'On the wallaby track - sample treatment'. Recorded, no date
    [ Unpublished ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 346.183)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 346.183)

  2. Alex Hood : 'The wallaby track - Episode 4 - Chaffbag Charlie's revenge!. Recorded, 1970
    [ Unpublished : 1970 ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 345.325)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 345.325)

  3. Alex Hood : 'The wallaby track - Episode 3 - A Murrumbidgee meeting'. Recorded, 1970
    [ Unpublished : 1970 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 342.41)

  1. ALEX HOOD. ENTERTAINER.
    Torres News (Thursday Island, Qld. : 1957-2015) Tuesday 26 July 1977 p 29 Article
    ... ALEX HOOD. ENT BTAI 'S3. assasss8ssssassss=s== Tho Arts Council could1 ntu have chosen a more ... suitable guest cnt rtainor for Cent nary Wook than Alex Hood, who charmed all with his songs and storios ... 310 words
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4,886.987)

  2. FUNERAL OF SIR ALEX. JARVIE HOOD
    The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1931 - 1954) Thursday 10 May 1934 p 10 Article
    ... FUNERAL OF SIR ALEX. JARVIE HOOD At the home of the late Sir Alexander Jarvie Hood, "St. Mungo ... 52 words
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 3,731.737)

  3. Alex, Peacock Again.
    Labor Call (Melbourne, Vic. : 1906 - 1953) Thursday 24 September 1908 p 4 Article
    ... "for £50 was investigated three or four years ago by Royal Commission. The Commission, Mr. Justice Hood ... 900 words
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 2,616.966)

  1. Robin Hood / George Alexander Macfarren ; [libretto by John Oxenford ; performing edition by Valerie Langfield]
    Macfarren, G. A. (George Alexander), 1813-1887
    [ Sound : 2010-2011 ]
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    At 2 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 380.528)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 380.528)

  2. Cairns Folk Club recording in the Alex and Annette Hood folk music album collection
    Cairns Folk Club
    [ Sound : 1986 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 342.458)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 342.458)

  3. Mataranka Band in the Alex and Annette Hood folk music album collection
    Mataranka Band (Musical group)
    [ Sound : 2008 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 342.274)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 342.274)

  4. Ken Sanders in the Alex and Annette Hood folk music album collection
    Sanders, Ken, 1941-
    [ Sound : 2008 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 341.017)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 341.017)

  1. Alex Hood (1979) [Event Description]
    [ Article : 1979 ]
    At AusStage
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 568.923)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 568.923)

  2. Alex Hood (1979) [Event Description]
    [ Article : 1979 ]
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 566.433)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 566.433)

  3. Alex Hood (1979) [Event Description]
    [ Article : 1979 ]
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  4. Alex Hood (1979) [Event Description]
    [ Article : 1979 ]
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  1. REGISTER OF MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS FOR 1935.
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Tuesday 5 March 1935 [Issue No.50 (SUPPLEMENT)] p 981

    Government Gazette Notices

    ... The New South Wales Medical Board, Sydney, 2nd January, 1935. REGISTER OF MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS FOR ... 1935. LIST of Medical Practitioners who are registered under the provisions of the Acts of Parliament ... 49083 words
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  2. ARCHITECTS' ROLL OF NEW SOUTH WALES FOR YEAR 1935.
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 25 January 1935 [Issue No.22] p 373

    Government Gazette Notices

    ... (557) Office of the Minister for Public Instruction, Sydney, 25th January, 1935. ARCHITECTS' ROLL ... OF NEW SOUTH WALES FOR YEAR 1935. IN pursuance of the provisions of section 10 of the Architects Act ... 9355 words
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  3. ARCHITECTS' ROLL OF NEW SOUTH WALES FOR YEAR 1935.
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 31 January 1936 [Issue No.27] p 578

    Government Gazette Notices

    ... January, 1936. ARCHITECTS' ROLL OF NEW SOUTH WALES FOR YEAR 1935. IN pursuance of the provisions of ... ., 1934 881 12 Aug., 1935 52 26 June, 1923 800 27 Apr., 1932 864 9 Oct., 1934 736 12 Mar., 1928 54 26 June ... 9745 words
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  1. Little Red Riding Hood / illustrated by Celeste Hulme
    Hulme, Celeste
    [ Book : 2016-2017 ]
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  2. Obsidian / Alan Baxter
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    [ Book : 2014-2017 ]
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  3. Robin Hood / Roderick Hunt ; illustrated by Alex Brychta
    Hunt, Roderick
    [ Book : 1987-2011 ]
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  4. All about Robin Hood / by Claire Llewellyn, Roderick Hunt ; illustrated by Alex Brychta
    Llewellyn, Claire
    [ Book : 2010-2011 ]
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  1. Vennard (Bennard), Alexander Vindex; Reid, Frank, 87 (WW1 Soldier) List of articles in Trove
    Vennard (Bennard), Alexander Vindex; Reid, Frank, 87 (WW1 Soldier) List of articles in Trove
    Created by birdwing, 67 items.

    WW1 letters, articles, stories ect., written by Alex (Aka.. Frank Reid)
    His involvement with servicemen and woman continued throughout his life.

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  2. MAHOOD, MARGUERITE aka Margo Mahood & Marguerite Callaway Mahood.
    MAHOOD, MARGUERITE aka Margo Mahood  & Marguerite Callaway Mahood.
    Created by KEVING., 148 items.

    MAHOOD (nee Marguerite Callaway), (1901–1989), artist,. Marguerite Henriette Mahood was born on 29 July 1901 at Richmond, Melbourne, eldest child of Victorian-born parents Henry George Callaway, accou...

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  3. SLIDE COLLECTION
    SLIDE COLLECTION
    Created by Akatom, 8 items.

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