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Alex Hood interviewed by Chris Sullivan [sound recording]
Bib ID 3772812
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Hood, Alex, 1935-
Access Conditions Access to be determined. 
Description 2006 
10 digital audio tapes. 

Alex speaks about his childhood and family background; early involvement in folk music and the folk music scene in Sydney in the late 1950s; his involvement with the Communist Party; Reedy River; The Rambleers; John Meredith; Chuck Quinton; A.L. Lloyd; touring with Gill Bros. Circus; collecting Australian folk music and interviewing musicians; performing in Sydney after Circus; Gary Shearston; the start of the "folk boom"; The Troubadour club on New South Head Road, Sydney; his repertoire; involvement in country music scene; Jim Dalton; working on ABC children's programs; Will Clausen; launching John Manifold's book Who wrote the Ballads; working on "This Day Tonight"; Arts Council tours; schools programs; Larry King; Brian Godden; his records; radio program "The Wallaby Track", TV play "Gold Fever"; appearances on Channel 9; touring Northern Territory and working with Aboriginal boys; Edgar Waters; Bush Music Club; financial issues relating to touring schools; importance of bringing folk music to life and using vernacular language; the influence of their shows on children. Alex and Annette talk about their meeting in 1982; Annette's background and dance training; working with Margaret Barr; working on folk theatre together; the impact of the theatre on the music; introducing puppetry into their shows.

Partial contents
  • Sings: Wild Colonial Boy
  • Freedom on the Wallaby

Alex Hood, born 1935, is an Australian entertainer, writer and folk musician. Beginning with the early folk scene in Sydney, Alex has had an extensive involvement in the performance of folk music, and pioneered the use of folk music in Australian schools. He was a member of the Original Bushwhackers and in the original cast of Reedy River. Alex also collected folk music and folklore, and conducted many interviews for the Oral History Folklore collection at the National Library of Australia.


Tape 8 includes Annette Hood being interviewed with Alex.

Recorded during March 2006 at Murwillumbah, N.S.W.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (20 p.) 
Subjects Hood, Alex, 1935- -- Interviews.  |  Hood, Annette, 1948- -- Interviews.  |  Folk musicians -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Folklorists -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Folk music -- Australia.
Occupation Folk musicians.  |  Folklorists.
Other authors/contributors Sullivan, Chris (Christopher Daniel), 1953-, Interviewer


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