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Smoky Dawson Remembered

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

I live in the It was with great sadness that I heard that Smoky Dawson had died. I am one of the many Australians whose lives were touched by this remarkable man.

Smoky first rode into my life on the radio airwaves, astride his palomino, the wonder horse Flash. As a child in the 1950s, there was no better way to spend a Thursday evening than glued to the radio listening to another adventure of “Hup, Flash, hup, hup, hup… Smoky Dawson”.

I met Smoky later in life and found him to be a humble, gentle man with a passion for life and a readiness for a chat. He leaves behind a valuable legacy in the songs he wrote, many about Australia, its people and history. I believe that we are all richer for the lives led by people such as Smoky.

Back in 1988 I wrote a song about Smoky, The Man with the Smile and Song .
You can listen to this here if you wish.

I have also included a link to an article I wrote in 2004.

The Music of Dane Zanes and Friends

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

I have just returned from a week in Melbourne, visiting my daughter and her family. Last year my two year old granddaughter Eloise introduced me to one of her favourite performers, Dan Zanes. She had attended two of his concerts and when staying for Christmas shared her DVD and CDs of this American singer. I was hooked and said that if he ever visits again, count me in. [ ....more ]

In Search of Mr Murphy Podcast

Thursday, November 16th, 2006

In this podcast I introduce you to the enigmatic William Murphy, through oral history recordings, photographs, an old newspaper cutting, a death certificate and a song. Early last century, the elderly Mr Murphy decided to live in a beautiful, yet isolated part of the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia.? [ ... more ]