On My Selection

with Chums old and new.

Co-produced Larrikin & Bronzewing

(At that time I wrote) The writers of the songs were all alive, living or having lived in Australia. I have included these songs in my singing over the last decade or so and although one or two owe their inspiration to other shores it is in Australia that they first circulated among singers. Some seem distinctive 'ours' and give the hope that the media and commercialism, on one hand, an (even if it is great) British Traditionalism on the other can't win every heart and mind (and voice), and that we can take the influence of both and weave them into a poetic and musical fabric of our own, along with the Bush tradition that Steele Rudd's characters knew so well. I asked British born Andy Saunders to sing two of the British based songs.


‘On our selection these days the new chums come from the four corners of the world and influence our lives and our songs. This record presents songs resulting from the three dominating influences within the folk revival. The Australian tradition, British tradition and American influence.’


These songs are from an LP called 'On My Selection' a play on a Steele Rudd book title 'On Our Selection'. As the cover notes from that LP explain

Weevils in The Flour – View Song Details

Sometime Loving – View Song Details

Not Many Fish in The Harbour Today – View Song Details

Girls in Our Town – View Song Details

In Terms of Time and Place – View Song Details

The First Fair Wind – View Song Details

The Band Played Waltzing Matilda – View Song Details

Factory Lad – View Song Details

Norfolk Whalers – View Song Details

Right of The Line – View Song Details