Playing tracks by
Slim Dusty, John Shortis and Moya Simpson , Single Gun Theory, Dick Diver, TV Colours and more.
The bush ballad 'Waltzing Matilda' is certainly the most famous of all Australian folk songs. It was first composed by post Banjo Patterson in 1895 and set to music shortly thereafter. The version by Slim Dusty you'll hear today is just one of countless renditions of this timeless tune you can find. From left field you can also hear a hilarious version titled 'Politically Correct Waltzing Matilda', performed by John Shortis and Moya Simpspn, which is what the song would sound like heavily edited by a couple of up-tight government employees!
I just back from a brief trip to the province of Saskatchewan, where not only did I perform my own version of 'Waltzing Matilda' at a family gathering, but I also attended a house show by pianist and singer Jeffrey Straker, who is a native of the suburb of Cathedral in Regina. You can hear one of Jeffrey's recent singles on the show today, as well as notable Saskatchewan artists Library Voices and Megan Nash.