Australian Dance Tunes Volume 1
This recording is part of a larger project by the Wongawilli Colonial Dance Club Inc. in its ongoing aim to present Australian traditional folk dance and music. There are accompanying books of tunes and dance instructions. The tunes are arranged in sets suitable for the suggested dances. These sets can also be used for other similiar structured dances in regards to numbers of bars and repetitions.
The majority of the tunes used are authentic tunes collected from older dance musicians by folklorists since the early 1950s. Many thanks to the following collectors for sharing the music - John Meredith, Rob Willis, Alan Musgrove, Dave de Hugard, Mike Martin, Brad Tate, Chris Sullivan, Mark Rummery, Mark and Maria Schuster and Peter Ellis.
The CD-ROM feature includes information about Australian folklore, the Wongawilli band, and the Wongawilli Colonial Dancers, complete with articles, photgraphs and sheet music. Simply view in your Web browser.
A companion tune book is available. www.wongawillicolonialdance.org.au
Re: Australian Traditional Dance Tunes, Volume 1
I stumbled across this on here by accident two weeks ago, and really enjoy it. Before this, I hadn’t heard too many Australian tunes before. I listen to a lot of Northumbrian trad and think it’s really interesting that some of the tunes are played in the Northeast of England. I guess it’s not really surprising that many Australian tunes would have English influence, but I just find it interesting that from what little I know, more of the influence seems to come from the Northeast than other parts of England.