Banjo Paterson Statue in Winton

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Winton’s wisp of Banjo Paterson CD

Winton's wisp of Banjo Paterson CD

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Greg's new album, launched in Winton, Queensland, Winton’s wisp of Banjo Paterson is a showcase of Banjo’s popular poems and Waltzing Matilda. It features Stewart Peters singing Australia’s most famous song. Greg has also included his own original poem It’s Winton, eh? as an introduction to this famous outback town, the birthplace of Waltzing Matilda.

Produced by Soundshed Music, the album contains 15 tracks with Greg’s take on Banjo Paterson’s classic poems. It includes Greg’s version of The Man From Snowy River in 15 different accents, as well as a straight version too!

The eternal popularity of Banjo Paterson’s poems shines through in this collection.

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The Tracks
  1. It’s Winton, Eh? (2:50) – A Gregory North original poem about the famous outback town of Winton – birthplace of Waltzing Matilda. The town has so much to experience, even if the water’s not the best!
  2. As Long as Your Eyes are Blue (A B Paterson) (1:15) – Banjo Paterson’s love poem to his one-time fiancée, Sarah Riley.
  3. Waltzing Matilda (A B Paterson) (3:41) – The orignal version as written by Banjo Paterson and Christina Macperson in the Winton area in the mid 1890s. Sung by Stewart Peters.
  4. Clancy of The Overflow (A B Paterson) (2:44) – This is the poem that brought Banjo to prominence as a poet in the pages of The Bulletin.
  5. The Man From Ironbark (A B Paterson) (3:57) – This poem tells what happened when a bushy from a place now called Stuart Town, near Banjo’s birthplace around Orange NSW, came to the big smoke of Sydney.
  6. The Man From Snowy River (A B Paterson) (6:37) – Banjo’s most famous poem which made him one of the greatest authors in Australian literature and one of the first celebrities of popular culture.
  7. Come By Chance (A B Paterson) (2:48) – A poem about a real place in the Pilliga district of NSW.
  8. A Bush Christening (A B Paterson) (2:56) – Strange things happen in the outback. Because of the isolation, sometimes things get put off, even important things like christenings.
  9. In the Droving Days (A B Paterson) (4:44) – The old drover in this poem would surely have passed through the Winton area. The description of the landscape is so vivid.
  10. The Geebung Polo Club (A B Paterson) (3:19) – Banjo was a skilled horseman and keen polo player but I wonder how much of this poem is based on experience.
  11. The Travelling Post Office (A B Paterson) (2:56) – Communication in the outback has always been difficult but sometimes amazing things happen. Even if one of the correspondents can’t write.
  12. Mulga Bill’s Bicycle (A B Paterson) (3:06) – An adventure of another of Banjo’s bush characters and early adopter of new technology.
  13. It’s Grand (A B Paterson) (1:44) – Life in Australia can be tough, especially during drought.
  14. The Man From Snowy River (A B Paterson – Greg’s interpretaion) (7:51) – Australia’s best-known poem never sounded like this! With 15 different accents, this classic ballad is sure to provoke a giggle, a laugh, or a total collapse! Often requested at Bush Poetry events it is becoming a crowd favourite all over again. 
  15. The Daylight is Dying (A B Paterson) (1:54) – The last poem in Paterson’s first book, The Man From Snowy River and Other Verses.
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