The Bushwackers (band)
The Bushwackers at the 2010 National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, Victoria, Australia
|Origin||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|Genres||Bush band, Australian country music|
|Labels||Astor Records, EMI|
|Members||Dobe Newton, Roger Corbett, Mark Oats, Clare O'Meara, Michael Vidale, Ben Corbett, Adrian Cannon.|
|Past members||Dave Isom
Jan 'Yarn' Wositzky
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, Pat Drummond and Pete Drummond.
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. Other members over the years include Roger Corbett, 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. The album And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda was released through EMI records in 1976 and is regarded as one of their finest recordings.
In the '90s the band has been reformed with Newton and Corbett appearing in the lineup. The current lineup is Dobe Newton, Roger Corbett, Mark Oats, Clare O'Meara, Michael Vidale, Ben Corbett, and the drummer Adrian Cannon.
- 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)