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Stuart Sims and Moritz Gierisch interviewed by John Meredith and Rob Willis in John Meredith folklore collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 358698
Format AudioAudio
Author
Simms, Stuart, 1941-, Interviewee
 
Access Conditions Access open for research. 
Description 1992 Aug. 22 
2 digital audio tapes (ca. 50 min.) 
Series

John Meredith folklore collection.

Summary

Stuart Sims, piano, and Mori Gierisch, accordion, talk about their association with the Gay Charmers Band and play some dance tunes.

Folkloric recording.

Full contents DAT 45. Conversation: Stuart's musical background; self-taught piano; accommodating playing with an accordion tuned to a lower pitch; history of the Gay Charmers Band; band charges and commercial viability; interjection by John Meredith about the commercialisation of folk music; crowd response; entertainment during intervals in playing; origin of the band's name; highlights of their playing careers; the band uniform; embarrassing moments; Mori's memory of playing to a dead bride; faux pas at a VIP's wife's birthday; playing on a hot night with only sherry to drink; pipers at Echuca; thick fog on way to Donald Vic.; Mori's musical background; his collision with a sleeping horse when cycling to an engagement; playing with the Gay Charmers; learning to play the same versions of tunes; importance of a good introduction; not knowing names of tunes; death of the Band's drummer; playing music to tempo required by dancers. DAT 66. Playing: Scottish Medley; Dan Murphy's Door (piano in F sharp); Old Bullock Dray (gypsy tap); British Grenadiers. 
Notes

Recording begins approx. 56 min. into -45.

Recorded on 22 August 1992 at Meatian, Victoria.

Digital master available National Library of Australia

Related Material Video of Stuart Sims and Mori Gierisch filmed during the oral history interview with Rob Willis and John Meredith: located at; National Library of Australia ORAL TRC 6936/5 
Subjects Simms, Stuart, 1941- -- Interviews.  |  Gierisch, Mori, 1935- -- Interviews.  |  Gay Charmers Band -- History.  |  Dance orchestras -- Victoria -- Lake Charm -- History.  |  Folk dance music -- Australia.  |  Accordion and piano music.
Other authors/contributors Meredith, John, 1920-2001, Interviewer  |  Willis, Rob, 1944-, Interviewer  |  Gierisch, Mori, 1935-, Interviewee

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