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Bob Bolton Why 'Matilda'? (24) RE: Why 'Matilda'? 26 Mar 12


G'day again,

I notice that the link I posted above is to an earlier work by Dennis O'Keefe ... this is to one to the latest work: Waltzing Matilda - The Secret History of Australia's Favourite Song:

http://www.allenandunwin.com/default.aspx?page=511&book=9781742377063

This has been an interesting journey ... from before the Australian Bi-Centenary (1988) when our ABC (Australian Broadcasting Commission) asked if I could recommend someone to arrange the oldest known manuscript (Christina MacPherson holograph) version of the song. I found one of our Bush Music Club stalwarts who did that for the ABC ... and about that time, Dennis was just moving away from working with earlier researcher Richard Magoffin - who wasn't happy about the way "our" song was proving to have a much deeper and darker past!

Who said folk songs were just old boring ditties ... ?

Regards,

Bob


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