Broadmeadow Thistle

The following songs were recorded on an LP that Warren Fahey of Larrikin Records, in association with Bronzewing Recordings, released in 1980. I put most of the tracks onto the 'Bronzewing CD' but left off two which I intended to re-record for two future CD's. These CD's have not eventuated but they will be included on this site. 'Westgate Widow' under CRIMSON CHATS and 'Ship of Fools' under WANDERER albums.

Graham Seal (now a Professor of Folklore at Curtin University) wrote these liner notes for the LP 'Broadmeadow Thistle'.

When Phyl Lobl toured Australia for the Australian Folk Trust, the posters read simply ‘Phyl Lobl Songmaker’. I thought that was a fine way to describe just what this woman does. Song making is Phyl’s craft. She shapes words and music the way a woodturner works the wood, expressing the heights of joy in ‘Love is Like a Swallow’ or baring the depths of human frailty in the riveting song that gives this album its name. Sometimes her songs express universal themes and at other times have a razor’s edge contemporary relevance. In short, these are the essential works of one human being who has spent a lot of time, thought and feeling mastering her chosen craft of song. Reluctant though she is to admit it her songs frequently transcend the folk idiom in which she chooses to work. These songs have something to say to a lot of people and a lot to say to some people. They will outlast the mindless trivia with which the media of our mad world continually saturates us. For some of us this record has been a labour of love and that is the spirit in which it is offered. Graham Seal 1980


Engineers: Geri Lobl, Ross Mcgregor
Produced by: Geri Lobl

Graham Seal, Dave Madden, Dick McEvoy, Michael Buliak, Phyl Lobl
Bass: Eric Gyors, Michael Buliak
Keyboards: Chris Neal, Ross McGregor
Banjo: Chris Duffy, Phyl Lobl
Mandolin: Don Hopkins
Drums: Ettore Cipolloni
Concertina: Dave de Hugard
Flute: Bronwyn Evans, Paul Adolphus
Recorder: Don Hopkins, George Halay
Voice: Justin Murphy, Denis Tracey, Phyl Lobl

Additional Arrangements: Chris Neal, Ross McGregor

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Newsboy – View Song Details

Jimmy Blacktown – View Song Details

Lament for Chile – View Song Details

Losing Lady – View Song Details

Woodturner’s Love Song – View Song Details

Broadmeadow Thistle – View Song Details

Old Sydney Town – View Song Details

Seasons of War – View Song Details

Love is Like a Swallow – View Song Details

Past Carin – View Song Details

Find the Sun – View Song Details

Ship of Fools – View Song Details