A Swag of Aussie Poetry

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A Swag of Aussie Poetry
Studio album by Various
Released 1984
2 August 2010 (2010-08-02)
Recorded 1984
Genre Spoken Word/Poetry
Length 104:42
Label J&B Records
Lifestyle Music
Producer Gene Pierson
Out of the Bluegums (150 Years of Australian Verse)
Original vinyl double album, released in 1984
Original vinyl double album, released in 1984

A Swag of Aussie Poetry, originally Out of the Bluegums (150 Years of Australian Verse), is a mid-1980s recording project with celebrity voices reciting or singing Australian poetry.[1] The compilation consists of 53 works of prose and verse from writers across Australia’s literary landscape, and features 31 narrators delivering a mix of folk ballads and bush poetry from the 1800s through to 20th century prose, and lyrical songs reflecting on life in their country. It was released originally as a double album and a double cassette on J&B Records in 1984 with 50 tracks.[2] The compilation was produced by Gene Pierson – born as Giancarlo Salvestrin,[3][4]

In 2010 the material was digitally re-mastered as a 2-CD set on the Lifestyle Music label[5] which was released on 2 August 2010.[6][7] Pierson lamented the death of many contributing artists since the original album, "the fact this compilation has been re-mastered 25 years after they made their contributions means this is not only a memorial to our great poets but to those people who bought their words alive again for listeners in the 21st century".[citation needed] The cover art was by Australian outback painter, Pro Hart.[2] In Australia it appeared in September the following year.[8][9] The CD cover art is by Jenny Glaze and is based on The Swagman, circa 1908.[10]

Poets and writers[edit]

Nancy (Nan) May McDonald, Douglas Stewart, Kate Llewellyn, A.D. Hope, Ronald McCuaig, R.F. Brissenden, Spike Milligan, P.J. Hartigan (John O’Brien), Dame Mary Gilmore, Jack Moses, Judith Wright, Les Murray, Henry Kendall, Mary Durack-Miller, Norman Lindsay, Vivian Smith, David Campbell, Henry Lawson, James McAuley, Rhyll McMaster, A.B. (Banjo) Paterson, R.D. Fitzgerald, Peter Lawson, Kenneth Slessor, John Blight, Dorothea Mackellar, Victor Daley, Ray Mathew, Kath Walker, Kenneth Mackenzie, Alwyn Lee, Alisha Salvestrin, Ron Jones, Peter Allen, Charles Perkins and Dame Edna Everage.[1]


Barry Humphries, Spike Milligan, Dame Joan Sutherland, Bobby Limb, Ron Jones, John Meillon, Bert Newton, Dame Edna Everage, Rolf Harris, Sir Robert Helpmann, Ita Buttrose, Peter Allen, Thomas Keneally, John Newcombe, Judy Stone, Smoky Dawson, Terry Willesee, John Waters, Dawn Lake, Judy Morris, Diane Cilento, Simon Townsend, Eddie Charlton, Charles Perkins, Dawn Fraser, Rowena Wallace, Michael Edgley, Peter Lawson, Ron Haddrick, Rev. Roger Bush and Alisha Salvestrin.[1]

Track listing[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "A Swag of Aussie Poetry [Sound Recording]". State Library of Western Australia. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Various Artists - Out of the Bluegums". GEMM. Retrieved 7 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Carter, Denise (15 September 2012). "From Rolling Stones to Mossy Rocks - a Music Icon Chooses the Quiet Life". The Cairns Post. News Limited (News Corporation). Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Pierson, Gene; Papesch, Claude (2008), Spinning the Moments, Festival Music/Philips Records/Chart Music/Zodiac Records/Infinity: [Released by EMI Music (N.Z.)]. National Library of Australia, retrieved 8 June 2013, Compilation of all the pop rock music recorded in New Zealand by Australian-born singer Gene Pierson [aka Giancarlo Salvestrin] .
  5. ^ "A Swag of Aussie Poetry". Lifestyle Music. National Library of Australia. 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "A Swag of Aussie Poetry: Various Artists". Amazon.com. 2 August 2010. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "A Swag of Aussie Poetry by Various Artists". iTunes. (Apple Inc.). 2 August 2010. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "New Australian Releases". Australian Recording Industry Association. September 2011. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "ARIA New Releases Albums - Week Commencing 19th September 2011" (PDF). The ARIA Report (Issue #11215). Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Swagman". State Library of South Australia. 1908. Retrieved 6 June 2013. [permanent dead link]

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