Franklyn B Paverty

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Franklyn B Paverty is a well known Australian bush band that has performed mostly in and around Canberra since its inception in the 1970s[1]. It has entertained audiences[2] with its repertoire of predominantly Australian folk music (bush songs, bush ballads and music for bush dances) varied occasionally with material from the celtic, bluegrass and old-time traditions.

The band has made numerous albums, TV appearances and radio broadcasts including the ABC TV series Peach′s Gold[3]. It played for the official opening of Australia′s new Parliament House, Canberra[4] in 1988; and again at celebrations marking the 10th anniversary in 1998, the 20th anniversary in 2008 and the 25th anniversary in 2013. In 2003 it entertained guests at an official BBQ at the Lodge held in honour of visiting US President George W Bush.

Over the years, the band has shared the stage with Billy Connolly, The Dubliners, The Hollies, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Slim Dusty, Eric Bogle and many others[5]. The band made many appearances at the National Folk Festival (Australia), other smaller festivals, local bush dances and other functions.

Band members over the years included Dave Chalker, Graham Chalker, Bryan Rae, Mal Bennett, Tom Breen, Mark Tandy, Ros Haskew, Fiona Mahoney, Dave O'Neill, Donal Baylor, Frank and Bernie Nizynski, Mike Jackson, John Warner, Bob Buckley, Peter Hobson, Peter Logue, Simone Dawson, Mary Firkins and John Taylor.

The band′s name originated from the pseudonym of British sousaphone player Martin Fry of The Temperance Seven.[6].



There are several recordings of Franklyn B Paverty in the National Film and Sound Archive (see/hear Waltzing Matilda (click here to listen) And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda (click here).


  • Paverty Stricken
  • 1891
  • Songs of the Australian Goldrush [1]
  • Convict Songs of Australia [2]
  • Waltzing Matilda Again: The Great Aussie Folk Collection (3-CD set)
  • Singing Land CD [3]
  • With my Swag on my Shoulder [4]
  • Trip to Trundle [5]
  • Our Selection: 35 years on [6]


  1. ^ p146 in Val Starr's book, Canberra Band's Unplugged 1970s
  2. ^ The Australian National Library has a book of clippings
  3. ^ Peach's Gold
  4. ^ Hansard, 10 May 1988, p2392
  5. ^ "Folk from the bush"
  6. ^ Martin Fry
  7. ^

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