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Fri, 30 Dec 2005

The Slim Dusty Heritage Album / Slim Dusty
One of the unexpected pleasures of my first visit to Australia was getting a dose of Aussie folk music. My tour drivers liked to put on a tape on the way back into town after a hard day wandering the countryside. And what I liked best was how different it was from the American version, in both pacing and choice of subject. I found a great collection of songs before returning home, which I've listened to many times since.

Which is how I encountered Slim Dusty, who performed several classic tracks on that album. His version of The Man From Snowy River is stirring stuff. And his rendition of Namatjira, about a famous aboriginal painter, is fascinating both for its paternalistic attitude and for the strangeness (to me, at any rate) of an artist being the subject of a traditional song. It's stuff like that that reminds me, if I ever need it, that it isn't just with the Brits that we're separated by a common language.

The Slim Dusty Heritage Album
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