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Ben Cherry interviewed by Barry McDonald in the Barry McDonald folklore collection, 1970-1989 [sound recording]
Bib ID 178019
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Cherry, Ben, 1909- performer
Access Conditions Access open for research and personal copies; written permission required for public use. 
Description 1987 
5 sound cassettes (ca. 275 min.) : analog, mono. 

Barry McDonald folklore collection, 1970-1989.


Folkloric recording: Ben Cherry plays the accordion, sings, whistles and recites Australian folk songs and recalls local history around Armidale, New South Wales, accompanied by his wife Dorothy Cherry, Cathy Ovender, Chris Sullivan and performer Mark Rummery; Ben Cherry discusses his violin playing and his technique; musicians in Kingstown; his family's record collection; the instruments he can play; working on a station and for N.S.W. Railway; his family; various dances; violin and accordion playing; concertina players; the instruments played around Kingstown and Uralla; accordion players; his childhood; old bush MCs; Victor Cherry; people attending dances; the decline of bush dances.

Ernie and Violet Baker of Kentucky; his home; being a rabbiter; a Kangaroo hunting song and other hunting stories; the songs his family used to perform; the sociable nature of country dances; the job of an MC at the dances; picnic sports day; fights and fueding; waltzing competitions; Dorothy Cherry tells a story; Ben Cherry discusses the Aboriginal Faulkner family from Uralla; Aboriginal dances; musicians from the Armidale region; playing technique on the concertina; Aboriginal singers; the technique of vibrato; fiddle playing and tuning techniques; railway stories; playing for the last time at a dance in 1957 or 1960; working as a drover; Bill Smith; demonstrates vibrato on the violin; and discusses his preference for violins.

Full contents
  • CASSETTE 1, Side A, Barry McDonald, singing:
  • Wild colonial boy (fragment)
  • Ben Cherry, singing:
  • Wild colonial boy (fragment)
  • Accordion music: Air, Wild colonial boy
  • Mazurka (unidentified)
  • Waltz, Under the willows
  • Fair, fair with golden hair
  • Starry night for a ramble
  • Waltz, The gathering of the clans

Recorded between 1 February and August 1987, at Armidale, N.S.W.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Subjects Cherry, Ben, 1909- -- Interviews.  |  Rummery, Mark.  |  Folk musicians -- New South Wales -- Armidale -- Interviews.  |  Folk singers -- New South Wales -- Armidale -- Interviews.  |  Folk music -- New South Wales -- Armidale.  |  Accordion music -- New South Wales -- Armidale.  |  Singing -- New South Wales -- Armidale.  |  Recitations.  |  Violin music -- New South Wales -- Armidale.  |  Whistling music.  |  Armidale (N.S.W.) -- Social life and customs -- History.  |  New England (N.S.W.) -- History.
Occupation Folk musicians.  |  Folk singers.
Other authors/contributors McDonald, Barry, 1955- interviewer


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