The Bushwackers (band)

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The Bushwackers
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The Bushwackers at the 2010 National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, Victoria, Australia
Background information
Origin Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Genres Bush band, Australian country music
Years active 1971–present
Labels Astor Records, EMI
Website The Bushwackers
Members Dobe Newton, Roger Corbett, Mark Oats, Clare O'Meara, Michael Vidale, Ben Corbett, Andy Gatus.
Past members Dave Isom
Jan 'Yarn' Wositzky
Bert Kahanoff.
Mick Slocum, Tony Hunt, Dave Kidd, Dobe Newton, Roger Corbett, Tommy Emmanuel, Fred Kuhnl, Gregory Martin, Steve Groves, Pete Farndon, Dave Mattacks, Michael Harris, Louis McManus, Eddy van Roosendael, Freddie Strauks, and Pete Drummond.
This article is about the long-running band. For the 1950s bush band, see John Meredith (folklorist).

The Bushwackers Band, often simply The Bushwackers, is an Australian folk and country music band or Bush band founded at La Trobe University in Melbourne in 1971.

Originally calling themselves The Original Bushwackers and Bullockies Bush Band the three founding members, guitarist Dave Isom, tea-chest bass player Jan 'Yarn' Wositzky and lagerphonist Bert Kahanoff. They were later joined by various players, including accordionist Mick Slocum, and fiddlers Tony Hunt and Dave Kidd, until 1974 when the band went full-time, and Kahanoff was replaced by lagerphone player, Dobe Newton. With an ever-changing line-up, and adding tin whistle, harmonica, concertina, 5-string banjo, bodhrán, bones, spoons, electric bass and guitar as well as drums, the band worked throughout Australia and Europe.

By 1984, and no longer with Isom, Wositzky and Slocum in the line-up, the band moved its home from Melbourne to Sydney. Roger Corbett joined the band in 1980 and remains the principle songwriter, producer and manager of the band. Other members have included Fred Kuhnl, drummer Gregory Martin, Steve Groves, Pete Farndon, Dave Mattacks, Pat Drummond, Michael Harris, Louis McManus, Eddy van Roosendael, Freddie Strauks (ex Skyhooks), drummer Pete Drummond (currently with Dragon) and world renowned Australian guitarist Tommy Emmanuel.

Notable recordings include Faces in the Street, Beneath the Southern Cross, Bushfire, Murrumbidgee and The Shearers Dream – two of which were released through Australian record label Astor Records.[1] The album And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda was released through EMI records in 1976 and is regarded as one of their finest recordings.

Many songs were adaptations of poetry written by Australian bush poets including Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson.

The current lineup is Dobe Newton, Roger Corbett, Mark Oats, Clare O'Meara, Michael Vidale, Ben Corbett, and the drummer Andy Gatus.[2]

In 2011 Roger Corbett and Dobe Newton re-recorded the popular 1980 Dance Album with the "Official Dance Album" in which the they included the Dobe Newton co-written classic Australian song, 'I am Australian' and won a third Golden Guitar award.

Discography[edit]

  • The Shearer's Dream (1974)
  • And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda (1975)
  • Murrumbidgee (1976)
  • Bushfire (1978)
  • Dance Album (1980)
  • Faces in the Street (1981)
  • Beneath the Southern Cross (1981)
  • Down There for Dancing (1982)
  • Warrigal Morning - music for the film Bush Christmas (1983)
  • Lively (1984)
  • Celebration (1988)
  • Billy of Tea (1994)
  • So Far (1994)
  • Bushwacked (1995)
  • Jubilee (1996)
  • Oz Rock Salute (1997)
  • No Nuts 'Til Monday (1998)
  • Australian Songbook (2001)
  • Indian Pacific & the Orange Blossom Special (2002)
  • Ned (2005)
  • April 25 EP (2006)
  • The Lawson Project 'While The Billy Boils' (2007)
  • Australian Songbook 2" (2010)
  • The Australian Songbook Collection Volumes 1, 2, 3" (2013)
  • The Official Dance Album - recorded EP (2011)

Awards[edit]

  • Induction into The Galaxy Of Stars Tamworth Country Music Festival (2011)
  • Country Music Awards of Australia - Heritage Song Of The Year (2012 )
  • Country Music Awards of Australia -Bush Ballad Of The Year (2010 )
  • Country Music Awards of Australia -Instrumental Of The Year (1981)
  • Gold record for The Band Played Waltzing Matilda (1981 )
  • Gold Record for The Bushwackers Dance Album (1981)
  • Golden Gumleaf Spoken Word Album of the Year (2000)
  • Mo Award for Best Country Group (1984)
  • Mo Award for Best Country Group (1986)

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