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Ronnie Summers and Dyan Summers interviewed by Rob Willis in Rob and Olya Willis folklore collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 3196238
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Summers, Ronnie, 1944-2020, Interviewee
 
Access Conditions Access open for research and personal copies, written permission is required for public use. 
Description 2004 Jul. 7 
2 digital audio tapes (ca. 104 min.) 
Series

Rob and Olya Willis folklore collection.

Summary

Folkloric recording.

Ronnie and Dyan Summers discuss life on Cape Barren & Flinders Islands and the old traditions; they talk about the origin of the tunes and the continuation of songs and tunes; the tradition of music on the islands and the dances of that era, giving a brief description of hall sets; Dyan talks about Maypole dancing; the disappearance of the aboriginal population from the islands, the decline due to lack of education: the children leaving the islands; how her grandfather was a boat builder, trading in the islands; they talk about sailing and mutton birding; stepping 'tap dancing' and the names of people who danced; Dyan talks about entertainment on a Saturday night; Ronnie recalls a song he sang as a youngster and how Saturday night was for singing and playing; how they took instruments with them when mutton birding.

Partial contents
  • TAPE 1: Black cat piddled in the white cat's eye (tune)
  • Manalargenna (song)
  • Story about kangaroo eggs and the swan
  • Colombus stockade (song)
  • Colombus stockade (repeat)
  • Lowly River
  • Nobody's darling but mine (song)
  • Nobody's child
  • I was born on Old Cape Barren (song)
  • Uncle Alfie's tap (tune)
 
Biography/History

Ronnie and Dyan Summers are originally from Cape Barren and Flinders Islands. Ronnie Summers is an important link with the Indigenous music of Cape Barren having learnt many of his songs and tunes from the older performers. Dyan Summers is a poet and activist.

Notes

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this recording may contain names and voices of deceased persons.

Recorded by Olya Willis.

Recorded on July 07, 2004 at Hadspen, Tas.

Digital master available National Library of Australia ;

Related Material Related video recording with Ronnie Summers : located at; National Library of Australia Oral History & Indigenous Programs collection at ORAL TRC 6936/72. 
Subjects Summers, Ronnie, 1944-2020 -- Interviews.  |  Summers, Dyan, 1952- -- Interviews.  |  Musicians -- Tasmania -- Interviews.  |  Poets, Australian -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Tasmania -- Flinders Island.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Tasmania -- Cape Barren Island.
Occupation Aboriginal community leaders.
Other authors/contributors Summers, Dyan, 1952-, Interviewee  |  Willis, Rob, 1944-, Interviewer  |  Willis, Olya, Interviewer

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