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Down The Overlanders Trail

There was a time when country music ruled the Australian capital city radio airwaves. This was the 1940s and early 1950s when we didn’t feel as ‘musically pigeon-holed’ as today. There was also a lot of ‘light classical’ music available but it was ‘country and western’, for that’s what it was called, that you heard when you tuned into the more popular stations. In some ways it was a strange music and, more often than not, performed live in the studio - and sounded like it! A typical radio station ‘band’ would be comprised of piano accordion, harmonica, acoustic guitar and drums. There was also a sound effects person ready to provide turning wagon wheels, clip clop hooves and even the occasional cracking stockwhip. The songs were introduced in a congenial style reminiscent of homespun yarners fresh from the high hills of Montana. Much of the music was used for station breaks, interludes and to back spoken commercials. It had a ‘western’ sound familiar to anyone who had seen a Hollywood western film – for this is where ‘country and western’ got its name. Nowadays the music is universally known as ‘Country’ music and more likely to sing about trucks, city life and emotional heartbreak like D I V O R C E and vagabond husbands.

1. Art Leonard - Can I Sleep In Your Barn Tonight, Mister?
2. The Hillbilly Singers - When I Get To The End of the Way
3. The Singing Stockmen - Hillbilly Valley
4. Art Leonard - The Face on the Barroom Floor
5. Art Leonard and Freddie Witt - They Cut Down the Old Pine Tree
6. Len Maurice - The Big Rock Candy Mountain
7. P. C. Spouse - Cuckoo Waltz
8. Tex Morton and Harry Thompson - South American Joe
9. Tex Morton & Sister Dorrie - Hand Me Down My Walking Cane
10. Tex Morton - Mandrake
11. Tex Morton - Along the Stock Route
12. Smilin’ Billy Blinkhorn - Poor Ned Kelly
13. Jenny Howard - Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny Oh
14. Bob Dyer - I Never See Maggie Alone
15. Shirley Thoms - The Cowgirl Yodel
16. Shirley Thoms - Night Time On The Prairie
17. June Holms - Happy Yodelling Cowgirl
18. Gordon Parsons - The Australian Bushman
19. The Two Barnstormers - Mary Jane Waltz

1. The Two Barnstormers - Wildflower Waltz
2. Tim McNamara - I’ve Got Five Dollars and It’s Saturday Night
3. Tim McNamara with the McKean Sisters - Red River Valley
4. Reg Lindsay - The Country Hour
5. Reg Lindsay - Then I’ll Keep On Loving You
6. Reg Lindsay - Down By the Old Slip Rail
7. Queenie and David Kaili - When It’s Springtime in the Rockies
8. Mayo Hunter - Honolulu March
9. Harry Cash - The Black Yodel
10. Buddy Williams - On the Gundagai Line
11. Buddy Williams - The Overlander Trail
12. Johnny Ashcroft - Little Boy Lost
13. Chad Morgan - The Duckinwilla Dance
14. Chad Morgan - The Sheik of Scrubby Creek
15. Tex Croft - Chicken Yodel
16. The McKean Sisters - Where the Frangipani Grow
17. Slim Dusty - The Rain Still Tumbles Down
18. Smoky Dawson - When the Bloom is on the Sage
19. Smoky Dawson - Radio Serial Episode 110  

Music can change lives. For almost 20 years, the Hush Foundation has been working with renowned Australian artists to create music of joy and calm – originally to support children in hospital, and now enjoyed everywhere from concert halls to living rooms. In this latest offering from the Hush series, pianist Tony Gould and guitarist Peter Petrucci present music that can bring optimism even in the toughest times.The Hush Foundation, under the inspirational leadership of physician Professor Catherine Crock AM, transforms the healthcare experience for patients, families and staff through music and the performing arts. It has produced 17 albums, bringing some of Australia’s finest performers and composers together in collaborative partnerships that engage with the lived experience of people in the health system and other stressful environments. Hush albums are played not only in hospitals, but also in aged care, palliative care and childcare facilities to reduce stress and anxiety. Community and international orchestras also play music composed for Hush. In 2014, Hush’s contribution to Australian music was acknowledged with the APRA/AMCOS Award for Excellence.Gathering of Kindness recognises the power of the small acts of kindness and respect that build trust and create a sense of safety and security in difficult and challenging situations. ‘When we ask patients, their families and those working in healthcare “What matters to you?”’ says Professor Crock, ‘the single word at the top of the list is kindness.’Tony Gould and Peter Petrucci wrote the music on this album with the Hush ‘family’ firmly in mind. ‘We hope they serve at least one of music’s purposes in life, and that is to help calm our fellow humans in times when things aren’t going so well. Music can do this superbly. It can also give us joy, can foster kindness and a sense that, ultimately, everything will be all right.’ This latest album has been named after the healthcare events Hush has hosted since 2016. The Gathering of Kindness bring people working in health and aged care together to talk about ways kindness can flourish in their organisations and services. These events are being hosted throughout November at metro, regional and rural healthcare organisations across Victoria, and include live performances of Hush plays and music, healthcare book launches and panels, narrative and a range of self-care workshops, as well as updates on new research being undertaken. Hush is also hosting a ticketed event at KPMG in Melbourne on Thursday 14 November.›Pianist / composer / critic / author / academic / educator Tony Gould has been involved in music in Australia for over half a century. A prolific performer, composer and recording artist across several musical genres of art music, Tony has composed and performed alongside other renowned musicians Australia-wide and internationally. His numerous accolades include membership of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of his contribution to music.Peter Petrucci is one of Australia’s leading jazz guitarists, recognised for his virtuosity and lyricism in improvisations and artful compositions. He has released eight albums – the latest, They Know That We Know, in August 2019. Peter has performed locally and internationally supporting distinguished musicians and has appeared at numerous international jazz festivals, in the US, Canada, Germany, Italy, the Melbourne International Jazz Festival and the Wangaratta, Stonnington and Queensland Jazz Festivals. TRACKLISTING 1 All Things Good2 Anthem3 Calm4 Autumn Lullaby5 Quiet6 Spring Town7 It’s Up to You8 A Little Folk Song9 Essence10 Truth and Beauty11 The Softness of Air12 The Smile Peter Petrucci guitar – Tony Gould piano Tks 1-3, 5, 8, 10-12 composed by Tony Gould.Tks 4, 6, 7 and 9 composed by Peter Petrucci.