Irish tune based in an Aussie Bush song, Flash Jack from Gundagai
My mate has just returned from a trip to Ireland and was at a session in Derry and the group played a tune that he was very familiar with. However, his version was the tune of a song that his band "Roolya Boolya" played regularly, it is a "bush" song known as Flash Jack From Gundagai, sometimes known as All Among The Wool.
Can anyone identify the Irish roots of the song?
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The lyrics for the first verse and chorus are:
Flash Jack from Gundagai
I’ve shore at Burrabogie and I’ve shore at Toganmain
I’ve shore at Big Willandra and out on the Coleraine
But before the shearing was over I longed to get back again
Shearing for old Tom Patterson on the One Tree Plain
All among the wool boys all among the wool
Keep your blades full boys keep your blades full
I can do a respectable tally myself whenever I like to try
And they know me round the backblocks as Flash Jack from Gundagai
Thanks for any leads on this tune/song