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David de Santi interviewed by Alex Hood and Annette Hood in the Alex Hood folklore collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 4275221
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
De Santi, David, 1963-, Interviewee
Access Conditions Access open for research. Written permission is required for personal copies and public use during the lifetime of the interviewee. 
Description 2007 
1 digital audio tape (ca. 66 min.) 

Alex Hood folklore collection.


Folkloric recording. Dave de Santi, born 1963 in Wollongong, N.S.W. speaks about his Italian family background; his early years in the Wollongong area; learning piano accordion from his father; the family move to Oak Flats (1970); his education; religion; the 'Bushwackers' reviving his interest in music; obtaining a Mechanical Engineering Traineeship; studying Civil Engineering at Wollongong University; working for BHP; the 'Mucky Duck Bush Band' (1985); attending the Marshall Mount Dance, old time dance; Arthur Boley; meeting wife Tanya; sporting achievements; playing for Warrabush Band, while at University; Steve Marshall; Seamus Mackie; Bluegrass bands; playing for parties; bush dancing scene (1986) at Heinenger Hall; playing at Wednesday night dances and other venues, Bush Music Club and Folk Festivals; Horton River Band; Charlie Batchelor; learning Italian music; Pat Drummond; Illawarra Folk scene being unique; Rob Willis; becoming more interested in traditional music and songs (1986); his various influences; going back to roots of Australian music; overseas people wanting a distinctive Australian flavour; John Meredith.

De Santi discusses how the Wongawilli Band came to be; their first performance (1987); names first band members; taking over Heinenger Hall as their first venue; the Bi-centenary; joining the Workers' Educational Association (WEA) class on bush dancing (1986); the formation of the Wongawilli Dancers; the beginning of packaging dancers with music; playing with 'Paddy's River Band'; Neil McCam; John Harpley; John Spillane; band personnel; Peter Ellis; Alan Musgrave; Glen Innes Bush Music Festival; Bush band championships 1992 to 1996; Jamberoo Festival beginnings (1985); Russell Hannah; Illawarra Folk Club; involving political material in the festival; Kiama Bush Festival; Wongawilli Colonial Dance Club (1990); Illawarra Folk Club; the Dance club operating every Wednesday night and becoming a venue for International artists, sometimes up to 28 musicians play; social interaction being the main purpose of the group; Maleny Festival; Illawarra Festival; Jason and Chloe Roweth; Jane Brownley.


Recorded on November 25, 2007 at Wongawilli, N.S.W.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (4 p.) 
Subjects De Santi, David, 1963- -- Interviews.  |  Wongawilli (Musical group)  |  Wongawilli Colonial Dance Club.  |  Bushwackers (Musical group)  |  Engineers -- New South Wales -- Interviews.  |  Musicians -- New South Wales -- Interviews.  |  Folk music -- Australia.  |  Folk dancing -- Australia -- History.
Occupation Engineers.  |  Musicians.
Other authors/contributors Hood, Alex, 1935-, Interviewer  |  Hood, Annette, 1948-, Interviewer


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