Australian Folk Tunes: play at Ringwood East sessions as below (Tel.s 03 9870 8998 or 040 870 8998) and gradually
develop the skills (i) to play tunes from memory and (ii) to follow other players by ear: -
For fiddlers every Monday evening, The Fireside Fiddlers' session, Harry's place
For all instrumentalists every Tuesday evening sessions at 6:30 pm and 8 pm in Ringwood East Community Hall
However on monthly second Tuesdays we meet on stage on cool evenings and in winter
For all instruments, mainly to accompany singers, most Saturdays busking in Railway Avenue, Ringwood East, at 11 am
For all instrumentalists many Friday evenings 7:45 pm, Harry's place
For all instrumentalists and singers, monthly first Thursdays 8 pm, Harry's place
For all instrumentalists yearly at the Wattle Day Festival, Ringwood East Scouts or Senior Citizen's Hall, all day
Playbacks and recordings: many tunes listed below have playbacks for learning whilst others have live recordings.
We suggest: (a) listen to the audio file playback to get the idea of the tune, (b) play along with the sound at the lowest speed provided,
(c) use the score only when you can't identify a note.
Using a computerised learning method the 6:30 pm Tuesday Australian Folk Tunes Session (see below)
is now working its way down the Settlers' List
to get a good understanding of early Australian folk music.
- A selection of collected and composed Australian tunes to challenge the
myth of Australian folk music that, "It ALL came from Ireland!"
Some tunes did indeed so come before the Australian folk music revival of the 1950s,
but only some. In this list of Harry's favourites there are one hundred and fifty years of
folk music immigrating here mainly from Britain, middle Europe, and the USA together with quite a few wonderful examples from elsewhere,
to say nothing of those many that we've composed ourselves, both indigenous and since white settlement