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Jacko Kevans interviewed by Kev Carmody [sound recording]
Bib ID 3093716
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Kevans, Jacko, 1942-2005, Interviewee
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2004 Mar. 3 
2 digital audio tapes (ca. 107 min.) 

Jacko Kevans, folk musician, explains the origins of Australian traditional dance music; the influence of early cultures on Australian music; popular dances of the time; people being suspicious of him collecting music. he then speaks about the internment of German people during the Wars; his early days in Canberra; his first accordion; why immigrants were brought to Canberra; class divisions; mouth organ bands; Percy Spouse; the combinations of instruments in different bands; the recent "revival bush bands"; the composition of a 1890's bush band & house parties; explains the concertina and the accordion; the heritage of the piano accordion; the instruments used in urban areas; Brass bands; Lionel O'Keefe; the 'Larrikin's' tour of the Pacific Islands; Colin Dryden; the first bands he played in; his early interest in bush music; his father writing poetry and singing; the first National Folk Festival; Bob McGuiness; Ian Drinon; the formation of the 'Monaro Boys'; performers and types of music at the first National; the political dimension contained in music; Jim Fingleton; the formation of the 'Wild Colonial Boys' and their LP.

Kevans talks about playing in the Ned Kelly film with Mick Jagger; coaching Mick Jagger to sing the 'Wild Colonial Boy'; the 'Bushwackers'; the reason why bush music was recorded so fast; his recollection of hearing 'Moreton Bay' at a campfire; the cost of sudden recognition and fame; Harry Robertson; the loss of history being a loss of culture; the White Australia Policy; class differences and the Masters & Servants Act; Australian lyrics being put to Old World tunes; Frank McNamara; the corruption of the word Kangaroo; the Didgeredoo; two hundred and fifty Indigenous languages in Australia; Simon McDonald's version of 'Moreton Bay'; the parallels between convict songs & the African American slave songs; the background to Capt. Logan's death; the first cedar cutters being slain; Tench's diary sees justification for their deaths; Capt. Cook's observations being enlightened; the Indigenous inhabitants; Kev Carmody talks about relatives who lived near Blackbutt in 1920's & 30's; the Kilcoy Massacre near Benarkin & Blackbutt; the Timms family; why folk music is important; Kev speaks of Jackie Howe's son and the name of his property and getting a job at the Thulungra 32 stand shearing shed in the 1960's.

Partial contents
  • Music: A German tune called 'Henry's waltz' from Toowoomba
  • Martin Miller's 'Vasovienna'
  • a song by Sally Sloane
  • a swing waltz from the Ilawarra region of NSW
  • a Dougie Young song 'The land where the crow flies backwards and the pelican builds her nest'
  • Brisbane ladies (sung)

Recorded on Mar. 3, 2004 at Nimbin, N.S.W.

Digital master available National Library of Australia

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (3 p.) 
Subjects Kevans, Jacko, 1942-2005 -- Interviews.  |  Folk musicians -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Folk songs, English -- Australia.
Occupation Folk musicians
Other authors/contributors Carmody, Kevin, 1946-, Interviewer


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