Verandah Music
Roots of Australian Tradition

Graham Seal and Rob Willis (editors)

A unique anthology that showcases, for the first time,
the wealth and diversity of the roots of traditional Australian music

  • The stories in Verandah Music include candid interviews with musicians — some of Australia’s most colourful characters — and those who knew them.

  • Traditions are brought to life when combined with archival photographs and two music CDs mastered by the National Library of Australia.

  • The styles of music explored include indigenous, country, folk, old-time, choir, Maltese ghana, hula and gumleaf playing.

  • CDs include original recordings, done in the field, and contemporary performers honouring the musicians that are their heritage.

A unique anthology that showcases, for the first time, the wealth and diversity of the roots of traditional Australian music


The editors and contributors:

Graham Seal, one of Australia’s premier folklorists, and Rob Willis, musician and passionate collector of folklore, are joined by 20 contributors from across the country — each with a long involvement in documenting verandah music. They include professional folklorists, performers, collectors and producers, writers, scholars and teachers with close links to many different communities.

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