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GUEST,cobber Help: Looking for the Cobbers-Australian folk band (71* d) RE: Help: Looking for the Cobbers 06 Nov 01

I've been off the air for some time and missed this thread so for those who were interested before, I'd better introduce myself.My name is John Armstrong and I've been posting to mudcat on various things for a while now under the name cobber. With "Big Ron" Howard, our bass player for many years, and a couple of others, I started the band, Cobbers towards the end of 1967, although it was not called Cobbers then and we played our first paid (yes, real money rather than just beer)on the 15th Feb 1968. The band finished up in April 1998 at a festival in Corryong in tyhe High Country where the Man From Snowy River, Jack O'Reilly, came from.We got together again six months later for a reunion concert when "Big Ron" died suddenly.The concert was a benefit for his family and was a great night. We actually filmed the night but I've been so busy lately that we haven't even begun to edit the tapes. I still play with Chris, my brother, who was the guitarist in the band and Maity, our old accordionist, who works with his own band as well. He also teams up with Christy Cooney who was the Irish banjo player with us for many years. We had a web site up for a while which had a long history of the band but it's not there at present. I have it on a publisher file and could send it to anyone who was really interested.You can reach me at and I'll work out how to send it. For Denice, who saw us at the fair, if you read this, the album you got there has just been digitised. I'm pretty sure it would have been the "Bushland Dreaming" concert album. A friend in Louisiana digitised it recently and sent me a copy. It has allowed me to right a twenty-odd year old gripe. When we made that album it was too long to fit the double album, so rather than take off a song, the cutting engineers sped the whole thing us. I've always hated it but now, courtesy of modern technology, I have been able to bring it back to concert pitch. Get in touch with me, Denise and I'll happily burn you a copy. Meantime it's great to hear about Bruce Cawthorne again. I haven't heard from him for years. He was great fun in the band as well as adding some terrific small squeezebox work. The children's album that Bruce played on is still available from Kindergarten suppliers here in Melbourne. It may outlive all the other albums. Anyway, thanks to everyone who posted to this thread. A new generation has passed through and not many people I meet remember the Cobbers. I still believe it was a great band, but then, I would, wouldn't I.

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