Wongawilli Colonial
Dance Club Inc.

PO Box 463
Warilla, 2528


Brian Godden     phone: 02 42967780

Dance Recordings

Wongawilli has produced 3 recordings of music for bush dancing:

  • Australian Dance Tunes Volume 1, double CD with a CD rom track with dance instructions, music and information, 85 tunes arranged into 23 tracks
  • Australian Dance Tunes Volume 2, A Swag of Treasures,
  • Tunes of Bert Jamieson

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Australian Dance Tunes Volume 1

This recording is part of a larger project by the Wongawilli Colonial Dance Club Inc. in its ongoing aim to present Australian traditional folk dance and music. There are accompanying books of tunes and dance instructions.

The tunes are arranged in sets suitable for the suggested dances. These sets can also be used for other similiar structured dances in regards to numbers of bars and repetitions.

The majority of the tunes used are authentic tunes collected from older dance musicians by folklorists since the early 1950s. Many thanks to the following collectors for sharing the music - John Meredith, Rob Willis, Alan Musgrove, Dave de Hugard, Mike Martin, Brad Tate, Chris Sullivan, Mark Rummery, Mark and Maria Schuster and Peter Ellis.

The listing has been prepared with information on the number of bars and repititions, the speed of the music (bars per minute) and the name and origin of the tune.

The CD-ROM feature includes information about Australian folklore, the Wongawilli band, and the Wongawilli Colonial Dancers, complete with articles, photgraphs and sheet music. Simply view in your Web browser.

A companion tune book is available.

Jane Brownlee fiddle David De Santi piano accordian Tania De Santi piano
Graeme Murray spoons, lagerphone Reg Murray banjo Chloe Roweth mandolin
    Jason Roweth guitar

bpm = bars per minute
CD 1
1 La Galopade/Galopede 54 bpm, 8 x 32 bars
Tunes: Galopede, God Bless You Bugger Me (Harry McQueen, Castlemaine), Winster Galop, Even Quadrille (Mrs Pike � Owen's Gap)
2 Stockyards (Jig Set), 56 bpm, 8 x 32 bars
Tunes: First Set Tune (Bill Gilbert, Bega), Set Tune (Bert Powter, Parkes), The Walk Around (Stan Treacy, Limerick, NSW), Trentham Jig (Tom Walsh, Trentham)
3 Barn Dance, 18 x 8 bars
Tunes: Little Angeline (Bert Jamieson, Adaminaby), Crookwell Schottische (Stan Treacy), Cosgrove's Schottische (Basil Cosgrove, Armidale), Click Go The Shears
4 Circle Waltz 50 bpm, 8 x 32 bars
Tunes: Annie Shaw's Waltz, Jack's Waltz (both from Sally Sloane, Lithgow)
5 Virginia Reel 7 x 64 bars plus 16 bar march
Tunes: Turkey In The Straw, Liberty, Old Joe Clark, Eighth of January, Red Haired Boy, Soldiers Joy. The march is Yankee Doodle. Tunes are from American sources.
6 Gypsy Tap 58 bpm, 8 x 32 bars
Tunes: I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside, All The Nice Girls Like A Sailor
7 Adelaide Race Day 51 bpm, 8 x 32 bars
Tunes: Bert Powter's Set Tune (Forbes), Bill Cooper's Polka (Forbes), He Played His Ukulele While the Ship Went Down (Dave Mathias, Forbes), Rita Baker's Polka (Gulgong)
8 Prince of Wales of Schottische 7 x 24 bars
Tunes: Variant of tune from Peter Sutton (Wilson's Promontory)
9 Polka Quadrille 50 bpm, 8 x 32 bars
Tune: Joe's Polka (Joe Yates, Sofala)
10 Jolly Miller Promenade 8 times x galop / march / waltz
Tunes: A Hunting We Will Go, Jolly Miller Promenade Waltzes - Bill Painter's Waltz (John Warne, Crooked Corner), Starry Night for a Ramble, You'll be All Smiles Tonight Mother Dear, Mockingbird Hill
11 The Tempest 54bpm, 8 x 32 bars 4:51
Tunes: Tempest, Bert Jamieson's Set Tune 1 (Adaminaby), Stan Treacy's Polka (Limerick, NSW), March of the Fairy Penguin (Maitland Swallow)
12 Circassian Circle Pt 2 (Jig Set) 61bpm, 8 x 32 bars
Tunes: Rita Baker's Set Tune (Gulgong), The Old Set (Ernie Wells, Wingham), The Wedding of Lochan McGraw (Joe Cashmere, Booligal), Wattle Jig (Joe Yates, Sofala)
CD 2
1 Heel and Toe Polka 51 bpm, 11 x 16 bars
Tunes: Heel & Toe, Conjewai (Roy Craft), Binda Heel & Toe (John Warne, Crooked Corner)
2 Haymakers Jig 61 bpm, 5 x 64 bars
Tunes: Haymakers Jig, Little Burnt Potato (Eileen McCoy, Bega), Rocking Chair Jig (Eileen McCoy), Moonlight Jig (Joe Cashmere)
3 Swing Waltz 54 bpm, 9 x 32 bars
Tunes: Swing Waltz (Ernie Wells, Wingham), Midnight Waltz (Stan Treacy), Orotaba Waltz (Charlie Batchelor, Bingara)
4 Circassian Circle Pt 1 & 5 53 bpm, 8 x 32 bars
Tunes: Circassian Circle, Ebb Wren's Hornpipe (Forbes), Luedecker's Polka, Teddy Creighton's Step Dance Tune (Stan Treacy)
5 Circle Galop 54 bpm, 8 x 32 bars
Tunes: Ernie Wells Set Tune, The Moonan Polka (Cecil & Russell Teagh, Moonan Brook), Harry Cotter's Set Tune (Binalong), See-Saw Polka (Harry Cotter, Binalong)
6 Kings Waltz 51 bpm, 14 x 16 bars
Tunes: Henry's Waltz (Alf Radunz), Fritz Schick's Waltz (Sid Brown), My Polly (Ebb Wren, Forbes)
7 Maxina 26 bpm, 5 x 24 bars 4:41
8 Varsoviana 45 bpm, 8 x 32 bars 5:47
Tunes: Bi11 Gilberts (Bega), Killongbutta (Joe Yates), Bill Gilberts No2, Freemantle Station (Joe Yates)
9 Fairly Reel Set 52 bpm, 8 x 32 bars 4:58
Tunes: Fairy Reel, The Breakdown, Frank Collins' Polka (Boxers Creek), The White Cockatoo (Stan Treacy)
10 Set Tunes 54 bpm, 8 x 32 bars 4:51
Tunes: Luke Oakley's Set Tune, McGlashans Two Polkas (Harry McQueen), Mrs MacGregor's March, Bill McGlashan's Prince Imperials Set Tune (Harry McQueen)
11 The First Set, 5 figures
Figure 1, 2 x 32 bars � Stan Treacy's First Set Tune (Limerick, NSW)
Figure 2, 4 x 24 bars � Colin Charlton's Set Tune (Cookamidgera)
Figure 3, 4 x 32 bars - Orley Benson's Stockyards Tune, Ride A Cock Horse to Banbury Cross (Ernie Wells)
Figure 4, 4 x 32 bars � Moonan Flat Set Tune (Cecil Teagh), The Drover (Joe Yates)
Figure 5, 4 x 32 bars � Bert Jamieson's 6/8 Set Tune (Adaminaby)

Australian Traditional Dance Tunes Volume 2

51 Australian dance tunes arranged into 14 sets. In general they are played 8 times and are 32 bars in length each time.

There is music included for reels, jigs, polka, mazurka, schottische, varsoviana and waltz folk dances. This recording compiled by Jane Brownlee and David De Santi as part of their National Library of Australia / National Folk Festival Fellowship has provided the opportunity to discover further musical treasures within the NLA’s Folklore Collection. There are a swag of musicians and tunes recorded in the Collection and Jane and David have only dug a little way in but due to their effort have found some distinctive and interesting tunes!

This recording is the culmination of the process of finding the tune, transcribing a version (at times there were several versions played) and then arranging them into a musical form for traditional bush / folk dances. This recording has been produced as part of the Wongawilli Colonial Dance Club Inc aims to promote, perform and preserve Australian traditional music.

Tunes of Bert Jamieson

Bert's harmonica playing is joined by Rob and Olya Willis and Wongawilli to create a uniquely Australian bush music sound. The music is arranged to suit old traditional dances including the Lancers Quadrille, Varsoviana, Schottische and Mazurka. Other instruments include concertina, accordion, piano, whistle, violin, banjo-mandolin and spoons.

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