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Bob Bolton Origin: Mudgee Waltz (27) RE: Origin: Mudgee Waltz 15 Apr 13

G'day Mudgee Waltzers,

Open Mike's posting of 11 April raises the "Title" Tom Blackman's Waltz ... then four postings down, we have Bruce D's note that another recording ascribes it to "... legendary Mudgee folk musician, Fred Holland ...

I seem to remember John Meredith saying that he first collected this tune from Tom Blackman ... but then found that every local dance musician could play it ... and all dated the tune back before any contemporary 'claimant'.

It did appear, subsequently, in a collection published by a performing group ... all drawn from the field collecting work of others ... and adumbrating that the publication, by Meredith, under the broad ascription as "The Mudgee Waltz", was some sort of 'conspiracy' to deprive Tom Blackman of credit for his 'true authorship'!

I'm afraid that this sort of "publication politics" is more appropriate to the competitive world of academia ... than a broad view of a body of shared "folk music / folk dance repertoire"!



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