Live at Stonyfell Winery – Eric Bogle (DVD)
(August 2009) 21 tracks: The Sound of Singing * Now I’m Easy * The Colour of Dreams * Lost Soul * The Dalai Lama’s Candle * Rosie * The Waltzing Matilda Waltz * Tired * If Wishes Were Fishes * No Man’s Land (The Green Fields of France) * Hallowed Ground * The Dreamer * Leaving Nancy * Them Old Song Writing Blues * One Small Star * Endangered Species * A Reason For It All * Shelter * The Band Played Waltzing Matilda * The Gift of Years * Singing The Spirit Home.
A live performance DVD recording made at Stonyfell Winery, Adelaide, Australia – this is Eric Bogle’s first and (he says) last DVD and includes additional interview material.
No one has ever recorded a documentary of ‘Australia’s premier poet of song’. This DVD containing many of Eric’s most popular and requested songs should fill the gap to some extent.
As Eric prepares to hang up his ‘touring boots’ and embark on a final round of touring, he thought this an appropriate time to record a concert. The DVD contains 21 of Eric’s most requested songs from a remarkable recording career, plus some chat with Eric and his touring buddy John Munro. “It’s scrubbed up pretty well considering the subject matter, I’m happy enough with it. 21 songs in all plus an interview with John Munro and I on the end of it. Otherwise it’s all concert, no silly graphics, smoke bombs or quotes from Bono….”
A compulsive, almost obsessive songwriter for most of his adult life, Eric has written some songs that have pretty much become Australian (if not world) classics of their particular genre. Possibly his best known song is The Band Played Waltzing Matilda, which confirmed its status by appearing as a question in the Australian version of Trivial Pursuit!
Some of his other songs – No Man’s Land (The Green Fields of France), Leaving Nancy, Now I’m Easy, Shelter, If Wishes Were Fishes – are now beginning to rival Matilda in the icon stakes. Eric’s songs have been recorded by Joan Baez, Mary Black, Jean Redpath, June Tabor, Donovan, John Williamson, Billy Bragg, The Pogues, The Fureys and The Corries – to name just a few.
Eric was born in Peebles in Scotland and says he was “destined to be a politician or a folk singer of protest songs… And so one of these prophecies came to pass”. In 1969 he emigrated to Australia and in 1980, after various jobs, he embarked on the perilous career path of a professional musician.
Together with his touring partner John Munro, Eric has literally taken his music to the world. He has toured extensively over the last 25 years or so, and this includes 8 tours of North America, 10 tours of Europe and many tours of Australia. He has appeared at every major folk and Country music festival in Australia and around the world.
He has won many awards along the way, including the Order of Australia medal for services to the entertainment industry and a Peace Medal from the United Nations for his efforts, through music, to promote peace and racial harmony. In Scotland he was recognised by the Scots Trad Music Awards and has been placed in their Hall Of Fame.
Track Listing: 1. The Sound Of Singing 2. Now I’m Easy 3. The Colour Of Dreams 4. Lost Soul 5. The Dalai Lama’s Candle 6. Rosie 7. The Waltzing Matilda Waltz 8. Tired 9. If Wishes Were Fishes 10. No Man’s Land (The Green Fields Of France) 11. Hallowed Ground 12. The Dreamer 13. Leaving Nancy 14. Them Old Song Writing Blue4s 15. One Small Star 16. Endangered Species 17. A Reason For It All 18. Shelter 19. The Band Played Waltzing Matilda 20. The Gift Of Years 21. Singing The Spirit Home.