Wongawilli Colonial
Dance Club Inc.

PO Box 463
Warilla, 2528


Brian Godden     phone: 02 42967780


The Wongawilli Band has 8 recordings.

  • Australia Street - 2008
  • Australian Dance Tunes Volume 1, double CD for bush dancing
  • Australian Dance Tunes Volume 2, for bush dancing
  • Live at the Local, recorded live at Jamberoo Pub 1998
  • Australan Selection, recorded 1994
  • After The Tradition, recorded 1992
  • Tunes of Bert Jamieson, recorded with Bert Jamieson, Rob & Olya Willis
  • Australian Tradition, issued in North America. OUT OF PRINT

Australian Traditional Dance Tunes Volume 1

85 tunes arranged in 23 sets for Australian bush dances. 2 hours of music! Includes bonus CD Rom on CD1 with dance instructions, tunes, articles and more.
Released September 2001. More detail.

Review in Bush Music Club's Mulga Wire # 148, December 2001:

After all those CDs of mostly songs, Wongawilli has decided to firmly don their dance hats and record an album of dance sets ? something they do rather well. Not satisfied with 23 sets of tunes (2 hours worth) to suit popular dances of the 19th and early 20th century in Australia, they have augmented the first CD of the set with a substantial extract of their web site, with information about the Wongawilli Dancers and Band as well as the history, customs, music, instruments of bush dancing.

The tunes are mostly collected from traditional musicians and serve as an antidote to the shameless pilfering from Irish and Scottish fake books that drives so many so-called bush bands. This makes these CDs of real value to any dancers and musicians who want genuine Australian music for real Australian dances.

The CD romhas sheet music for 41 traditional bush tunes (mostly from the Carrawobbity book/CD Australian Dance Tunes) and dance instructions for 27 of the 33 dances on the CD (all of which can be danced to some set on the CD) and instructions for another 14 (which probably fit some set on the CD as well). There is a selection of information, articles, references, contacts and links.

Bob Bolton 

Live at the Local

released November 1999

Over 72 minutes of folk music with 17 tracks recorded live at the Jamberoo Pub with the new lineup. Includes 12 songs sung by Graeme, Chloe and Jason and 19 instrumental tunes.

1. Barn Dance Set (trad) tunes - Little Angeline, Stan Treacy's Schottische, Cosgrove's Schottische, Click Go The Shears
2. Give Me A Hut (trad)
3. The Ballad of Les Darcy (Clem Parkinson)
4. Tangmalangaloo (John O'Brien/Wongawilli)
5. Old Blokes Set Tunes (trad) tunes - Luke Oakley's, Bill McGlashan's Two Polkas, MacGregor's March, Bill McGlashan's Prince Imperials Tune
6. Freehold on the Plain (trad)
7. Jog Along Till Shearing (trad) / March of the Fairy Penguins (Maitland Swallow)
8. Coal Miner's Lament (Neil McCann)
9. Fairly Reel Set (trad) tunes - Fairy Reel, The Breakdown, Frank Collins Polka, White Cockatoo
10. Songs of the Bush (Jason & Chloe Roweth)
11. Battler's Ballad (Jack Wright/de Hugard/trad)
12. Pink Harmonium (trad/Simon Jeffs) tunes - Pink Ankle Rag, Music for a New Found Harmonium
13. Bonnie Moon (trad)
14. Moss Vale Train (trad/Alan Scott)
15. Shearer's Jamboree (Joan Martin & Eric Tutin)
16. Snags (L.Sicard/Tristan Glover) tunes -Phillipe Bruneua's Reel, Pink Elephants
17. Shoalhaven Man (Geoff Drummond)

Australian Tradition  

A selection of Wongawilli's two recordings "After the Tradition" and "Australian Selection" have been compiled and has been released in North America and available in Australia. Released by Musica Pangaea.

  1. Rum and Raspberry
  2. The Year of '79
  3. The Southern Cross is Calling Me
  4. Town of Kiandra
  5. Queensland Shed's Begun
  6. The Swaggies Have All Waltzed Matilda Away
  7. The Bottle Run
  8. The Windmill Run
  9. Bail Up
  10. And When They Dance
  11. When You're Flush
  12. Year of the Drum
  13. Call of the North
  14. Song of the Bullock Driver
  15. Pit Street Cocky
  16. Waltzes: Under the Willow / Goodman's
  17. Digger's Song
  18. Jackson's
  19. Binda Ball 1864
  20. Set Tunes: Railway Hotel / Moonan Flat
  21. Dasher's Home Brew
  22. Larkin's Bar
  23. A Night at Daisy Park

Australian Selection  

Over 70 minutes of traditional, contemporary and original songs and tunes, released in March 1994. Has received 5 awards at the 1994 Australian Bush Music Awards. CD includes 24 page lyric booklet, cassette a lyric sheet.

1. And When They Dance (Roy.C. Abbott).
2. Bald Hill (trad arr. Rob Willis)
3. When You're Flush (Tom Brittain/Bob Rummery)
4. Year of the Drum (Wendy Joseph)
5. First Set Tunes - Colin Charltons, Orley Benson's
6. Call of the North (Jack Sorenson/ Bob Rummery)
7. Song of the Bullock Driver (Henry Lawson/John Manifold, Mike Jackson)
8. Saturday Night at Marshall Mount (Neil McCann/ tune trad.)
9. Pitt Street Cocky (Tim O'Brien)
10. Waltzes - Under The Willow, Ernie Goodman's
11. Shearing Time (Edward R. Murray/tune trad.)
12. Diggers Song (words trad/David De Santi)
13. Irish Lords (Charles H. Souter/Martyn Wyndham Read
14. Jacksons (Walter Stores/trad)
15. Binda Ball 1864 (John Manifold/John Harpley)
16. Set Tunes - Railway Hotel, Moonan Flat
17. Dashers Home Brew (Reg Murray, P. Garner/tune adapted David De Santi)
18. Blue Gold, Butter and Redwood (Neil McCann/ tune trad)
19. Gundaroo Bullock (Andrew B. "Banjo" Paterson/ tune trad)
20.Mazurkas - Clementine, Vera Lee's
21. Larkins Bar (trad arr. David De Santi)
22. A Night at Daisy Park (Neil McCann/D.De Santi, J. Harpley)

After The Tradition

A selection of 13 traditional and contemporary songs and 13 traditional dance tunes. Songs include the Waterwitch, Rum & Raspbery, Southern Cross is Calling Me, Windmill Run, The Wee One, Swaggies Have all Waltzed Away, Ocean Liner, Bottle Run, and Bail Up. The recording won 10 awards at the Australian Bush Music Awards and Bush Band Championships.

  1. Rum and Raspberry (variant from song written by Martin Curtis)
  2. The Year of 79 ("Snowy Baker"/Brad Tate)
  3. Collected Tunes Medley No. 1 - Bill Cooper's Polka, Bill Glashan's God Bless You & Bugger Me, Stan Treacy's Polka, Charlie Batchelor's Orotaba Waltz, Bill Cooper's Waltz, Bert Jamieson's Lancers Set Tune, Paddy Godden's Set Tune
  4. The Southern Cross is Calling Me (Joe Paolacci)
  5. Town of Kiandra or Wee One (anon)
  6. Queensland Sheds Begun (Will Ogilvie/Martyn Wydnham-Read)
  7. The Waterwitch (J.H. Davies/Brad Tate)
  8. The Swaggies Have All Waltzed Matilda Away (Alistair Hulett)
  9. Bottle Run (Barry Skipsey)
  10. Collected Tunes Medley No. 2 - Harry Schulz's Schottische, Mrs Phillip's Rocking Schottische, Babes in the Woods (Varsoviana), Fred Holland's Johnny Hopalong (Varsoviana), Bill Gilbert's First Set Tune, Jim Wilkinson's Lancers Set Tune
  11. Ocean Liner (Barry Skipsey)
  12. The Windmill Run (Alan Mann)
  13. Bail Up (Rob Fairbairn)

Tunes of Bert Jamieson 

Accompanies the publication. 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.

  1. The Lancers Quadrille
  2. Varsoviana
  3. Highland Schottische
  4. Mazurka
  5. Schottische - Little Angeline, Ben Davey's
  6. Waltzes - Write Me A Letter, Goodbye My Bluebell
  7. Polka - Jenny Lind
  8. Lancers Set Tunes
  9. Set tunes - Dad's Tune, Old Dan Tucker

Bush & Folk

Not for commercial sale - available to Media producers
produced by Logical Choice / Boosey & Hawkes

A compilation CD of instrumental music used for television, film and radio. The CD included 12 tracks from Wongawilli - mostly instrumental versions of songs from Australian Selection. The tracks have been played at the Royal Easter Show, The D-Generation Show, Channel Nine sports shows and who knows where else!

  1. Bullocky Song
  2. Quadrille Tunes
  3. The North is Calling Me
  4. Road to Omeo
  5. Railway Flats
  6. Forbes Medley
  7. Binda Waltz & Polka
  8. Daisy Park
  9. Meredith's Waltzes
  10. Click go the Shears
  11. Waltzing Matilda
  12. Botany Bay
  13. Clementine
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