The Bushwackers (band)

The Bushwackers Band, often simply the Bushwackers, is an Australian folk and country music band or Bush band founded at La Trobe University in Melbourne in 1971.

The Bushwackers
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The Bushwackers at the 2010 National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, Victoria, Australia
Background information
OriginMelbourne, Victoria, Australia
GenresBush band, Australian country
Years active1971–present
LabelsAstor Records, EMI
MembersDobe Newton
Roger Corbett
Mark Oats
Clare O'Meara
Michael Vidale
Ben Corbett
Andy Gatus
Liam Kennedy - Clark
Gabi Louise
WebsiteThe Bushwackers

Band historyEdit

Originally calling themselves The Original Bushwhackers and Bullockies Bush Band (spelling later changed to "Bushwackers"), the three founding members were guitarist Dave Isom, tea-chest bass player Jan 'Yarn' Wositzky and lagerphonist Bert Kahanoff. The band was conceived at La Trobe University in Melbourne when the founding members, in order to qualify for a grant to travel to the Aquarius Arts Festival 1972 at the ANU in Canberra, had to register as a formal act, consequently taking their name from the title of an album by the English folk singer Martyn Wyndham-Read. They were later joined by various players, including accordion and concertina player Mick Slocum, and fiddlers Tony Hunt and Dave Kidd, and in 1974 the band went full-time with their first tour to the British Isles, and Kahanoff was replaced by lagerphone player Dobe Newton. With an ever-changing line-up, and adding tin whistle, harmonica, concertina, 5-string banjo, bodhrán, bones, spoons, electric bass and guitar and drums the band worked throughout Australia and Europe.

Roger Corbett joined the band in 1980 and remains the principal songwriter, producer and manager of the band. Other members have included Fred Kuhnl, David Brannigan (The Colinails), drummer Gregory Martin, Steve Groves, Pete Farndon, Dave Mattacks, Pat Drummond, Michael Harris, Louis McManus, Eddy van Roosendael, Freddie Strauks (ex Skyhooks), drummer Pete Drummond (currently with Dragon) and world-renowned Australian guitarist Tommy Emmanuel.

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart
positions
AUS
[1]
The Shearer's Dream
  • Released: 1974
  • Format: LP
  • Label: Rainbow Records (PRF 1007)
-
And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda
  • Released: 1976
  • Format: LP
  • Label: Image Records (ILP 753)
-
Murrumbidgee
  • Released: 1977
  • Format: LP
  • Label: Image Records (ILP 776)
-
Bushfire
  • Released: 1978
  • Format: LP
  • Label: Image Records (ILP 806)
37
Dance Album
  • Released: May 1980
  • Format: LP
  • Label: Image Records (ILP 815)
35
Faces in the Street
  • Released: April 1981
  • Format: LP
  • Label: Avenue Records (L 37585)
54
Beneath the Southern Cross
  • Released: October 1981
  • Format: LP, Cass
  • Label: Telmak (TMAK 043)
57
Down There for Dancing
  • Released: November 1982
  • Format: LP, Cass
  • Label: CBS (SBP 237825)
97
Warrigal Morning
  • Released: 1983
  • Format: LP, Cass
  • Label: CBS (SBP 237975)
  • Note: Music for the film Bush Christmas
-
Billy of Tea
  • Released: 1994
  • Format: CD
  • Label:
-
Oz Rock Salutes
  • Released: 1997
  • Format: CD
  • Label: ABC Music (742382106326)
-
No Nuts 'Til Monday
  • Released: 1998
  • Format: CD
  • Label:
-
Australian Songbook 30th Anniversary Edition
  • Released: 2001
  • Format: CD
  • Label: The Bushwackers (BW002)
  • New Recordings
-
Ned
  • Released: January 2005[2]
  • Format: CD, DD
  • Label: The Bushwackers ()
-
Australian Songbook Volume 2
  • Released: 2009[3]
  • Format: CD, DD
  • Label: The Bushwackers (BW006)
-
The Official Dance Album
  • Released: 2011
  • Format: 2x CD
  • Label: The Bushwackers (BW009)
-
Australian Songbook Volume 3
  • Released: 18 January 2013[4]
  • Format: CD, DD
  • Label: The Bushwackers ()
-
The Lawson Project
(with Dobe Newton)
  • Released: 4 March 2013[5]
  • Format: 2x CD, DD, streaming
  • Label: Dobe Newton
-
The Hungry Mile
  • Released: 24 March 2017[6]
  • Format: CD, DD, streaming
  • Label: The Bushwackers (BW011)
-
Dyed the Wool
  • Released: 10 January 2020[7]
  • Format: CD, DD, streaming
  • Label: The Bushwackers (BW012)
-

Live albumsEdit

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart
positions
AUS
[1]
Lively!
  • Released: 1984
  • Format: LP, Cass
  • Label: CBS (SBP 238004)
94
Jubilee 25th Anniversary Concert
  • Released: 1996
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI Music Group (4892832)
-

Compilation albumsEdit

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart
positions
AUS
[1]
The Bushwackers Collection
  • Released: 1982
  • Format: LP, Cass
  • Label: Avenue Records (L 37821)
-
Waltzing Matilda
  • Released: 1984
  • Format: LP, Cass
  • Label: J&B Records (JB 195)
43
Celebration
  • Released: 1988
  • Format: 2xLP
  • Label: CBS (460860 1)
-
The Very Best of Redgum & The Bushwackers Band
(with Redgum)
  • Released: July 1990
  • Format: CD, Cass
  • Label: J&B Records (JB415)
61
So Far... 1974-1994
  • Released: 1994
  • Format: 2xCD
  • Label: EMI (4797782)
-
The Great Bushwackers Band
  • Released: 2002
  • Format: 3xCD
  • Label: Rajon (R0011)
-
The Very Best of the Bushwackers
  • Released: 2008
  • Format: 2xCD
  • Label: MasterSong (580822)
-
Australian Songbook Collection
  • Released: January 2013[8]
  • Format: 3xCD, DD
  • Label: The Bushwackers (BW0010)
  • Features Australian Songbook Collection volumes 1,2&3
-

Extended playsEdit

List of EP, with selected chart positions
Title Details
Original T.V. Themes
(with Brian May and The ABC Showband)
  • Released: 1975
  • Format: LP
  • Label: Image (IEP-3)
Shores of Botany Bay
  • Released: 1976
  • Format: LP
  • Label: Image (IEP-5)
Bushwacked
  • Released: 1995
  • Format: CD
  • Label: ABC
April 25
  • Released: 2006
  • Format: CD, DD
  • Label: The Bushwackers (BW004)

SinglesEdit

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Year Title Peak chart
positions
Album
AUS
[1]
1973 "When the Rain Tumbles Down in July"/"instrumental -
1979 "Annie"/"Fanny Bay" - Bushfire
1980 "Flying Pieman"/"The Kangaroo Hop" - The Dance Album
"Waves of Bondi"/"Flying Pieman" -
1981 "Les Darcy"/"Weevils in the Flour" - Faces in the Street
"Marijunana Australia"/"Ned Kelly's Tunes" 77
1982 "Waltzing Matilda"/"Beneath the Southern Cross" - Beneath The Southern Cross
"1234"/"Coney Island" - Down There for Dancing
1983 "Warrigal Morning" (Theme from Bush Christmas)/"Goanna Stew" - Warrigal Morning
"When Britannia Ruled the Waves"/"Hanging Rock" - Lively!
1984 "Lime Juice Tub"/"Marijunana Australia" -
1989 "Shoalhaven Man"/"The Butterfly" - non-album single
1996 "Battler's Ballad" (with Broderick Smith) - non-album single
2016 "Leave it in the Ground"[9] - The Hungry Mile
2017 "Another Trip to Bunnings"[10] -
2018 "Oh How Memories Have Flown"[11] - non-album single
2019 "Stroke the Government's Pen" (with James Stewart Keene)[12] - non-album single
"Marijuana Australiana Rehashed"[13] - Dyed the Wool

Awards and nominationsEdit

Country Music Awards of AustraliaEdit

The Country Music Awards of Australia (also known as the Golden Guitar Awards and originally named Australasian Country Music Awards) is an annual awards night held in January during the Tamworth Country Music Festival, in Tamworth, New South Wales, celebrating recording excellence in the Australian country music industry. The Bushwackers have won three awards (wins only).[14]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1981 "Flying Pieman" Instrumental of the Year Won
2010 "The Road to Thargomindah" (written by Colin Buchanan) Bush Ballad of the Year Won
2012 "I Am Australian" Heritage Track of the Year Won
2022[15] The Bushwackers Australian Roll of Renown inducted

Mo AwardsEdit

The Australian Entertainment Mo Awards (commonly known informally as the Mo Awards), were annual Australian entertainment industry awards. They recognise achievements in live entertainment in Australia from 1975 to 2016. The Bushwackers have won three awards (wins only).[16]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1983 Themselves Best Country Group Won
1986 Themselves Best Country Group Won
1988 Themselves Best Country Group Won

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 50. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  2. ^ "Ned (DD)". Apple Music. March 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Australian Songbook Volume 2(DD)". Apple Music. 2009. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  4. ^ "Australian Songbook Volume 3 (DD)". Apple Music. January 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  5. ^ "The Lawson Project (DD)". Apple Music. March 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  6. ^ "The Hungry Mile (DD)". Apple Music. March 2017. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  7. ^ "Dyed the Wool (DD)". Apple Music. January 2020. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  8. ^ "Australian Songbook Collection (DD)". Apple Music. 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  9. ^ "Leave it in the Ground (DD)". Apple Music. July 2016. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  10. ^ "Another Trip to Bunnings (DD)". Apple Music. January 2017. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  11. ^ "Oh How Memories Have Flown (DD)". Apple Music. July 2018. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  12. ^ "Stroke the Government's Pen (DD)". Apple Music. 2019. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  13. ^ "Marijuana Australiana Rehashed (DD)". Apple Music. December 2019. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  14. ^ "CMAA Winners". Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  15. ^ "2021 ROLL OF RENOWN ANNOUNCED". www.country.com.au. Retrieved 21 April 2021.
  16. ^ "MO Award Winners". moawards. Retrieved 16 September 2020.

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