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Ye Sons of Australia

Ned Kelly was executed at Melbourne gaol on 11 November 1880. While I don’t consider myself and Australian songwriter (I was born in New Zealand, and am more drawn to the songs of Ireland and Scotland), it was a little … Continue reading

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Alistair Hulett Memorial Concert – Sydney 2020

It would have been just after 9:30pm, some two hours into the concert, which had been ticking along at a good pace, thanks to Margaret Walter’s highly efficient direction. The air conditioning, which probably does a good job cooling the … Continue reading

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Love in a Tub – Roud#556

I have been listening to Rachel McDonough’s renditions of ballads from the Francis Child collection for about four years. These ballads are mostly of English/Scotts/Irish origin from the 1600-1700s or earlier. While many of these ballads were revived/re-discovered in the … Continue reading

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The Fall of Skywalker?

It is with some trepidation that I take my family to see the final installment in the Star Wars saga that has been running since the year I was born. A New Hope, just Star Wars back then, was the … Continue reading

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Crazy Christmas Carol Conflation Challenge

On my YouTube channel I usually do some sort of Christmas challenge. This year I endeavored to find twelve Christmas related songs and sing them to the melody of another Christmas related song. I had a lot of fun doing … Continue reading

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The Marble Reflecting

In moments of reflection, does the marble think back to the workshop floor, where its waste parts lie scattered, sawn, chiselled and scraped away? In each finely sculpted finger and lock of hair, does the trauma of the grinding, cutting … Continue reading

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How to Build a Cob Oven

For a long time I have wanted to build a pizza oven in the back yard. I shied away from spending $2-3k on fire bricks and cement and decided to try and build with what I had already in the … Continue reading

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A Country Boy after a few days in the Big Smoke

by Daniel Kelly, Sydney, 2019 What compels folk to live in this dense morass of flesh and concrete? Is there some hidden attraction that escapes my small town eyes, do those here stay out of necessity or fear of leaving … Continue reading

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Old Man in Rushcutters Bay

by Daniel Kelly – 2019 We will wait, standing like trophies in your manicured lawns. Torn from our wives and mothers and made to stand, equal spaced, among our enemies, alone. Torn from the soil of our ancestors, from the … Continue reading

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A Factory Lad – Epilogue

“If you build it they will come” is the line I remember from a 90s Kevin Costner movie. I am preparing for a ‘Factory Lad’ album launch concert this Friday at our local wine bar, Yazzbar, kindly hosted by owners … Continue reading

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