ON THIS PAGE (INDEX):

BILL SCOTT'S own recordings of his songs and poems
SONGBIRD IN YOUR POCKET

HEY RAIN! SONGS & POEMS OF BILL SCOTT

BILL SCOTT chats to ROGER ILOTT about his early recordings and work
and his connection with PETE SEEGER

HARRY SCOTT (Bill's son) has recorded one of Bill's stories, the Magical
BAMBOO BASKET BOY
- you can download the story read by Harry by clicking on the link below.
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/harryscott

BILL SCOTT SPEAKING WITH PENNY DAVIES
(their first meeting - at a Folklore Conference in Sydney)
RARE 1986 FOOTAGE - Bill talks about Urban Myths
The Video "Tradition & Renewal" was produced by the NSW Folk Federation -
this is just a small segment from the original video.

Click link below to play:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXCFH2nIPcc

HEY RAIN - THE BILL SCOTT SONGBOOK
BILL SCOTT BIOGRAPHY
PHOTO GALLERY

"SEE WHAT I'VE GOT" THE BILL SCOTT RECITER

POEM - OPAL MINER

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

BROADCASTERS & LISTENERS COMMENTS
OPAL MINER - THE SONGS OF BILL SCOTT

PENNY DAVIES & ROGER ILOTT RM075 CD

SONGBIRD IN YOUR POCKET
LIMITED EDITION CD



SONGBIRD IN YOUR POCKET
is the second collection of songs and poems of Bill Scott. Growing up in the Queensland bush, Bill left school at 14, and at 18, joined the Navy, where he served during World War II on the Bungaree, a mine layer. He transferred to Fairmiles, serving in the Pacific and New Guinea.

Following his discharge from the Navy, Bill subsequently worked as a canecutter, seaman, steam engine driver and miner. He became a bookseller, editor and publisher with Jacaranda Press, before devoting his time to writing at age 54.

In the 1950's, with Stan Arthur & Gary Tooth, Bill formed the Moreton Bay Bushwhackers. As a founding member of the Queensland Folk Federation, he was instrumental in setting up the Folk Centre in Brisbane.
Bill Scott was awarded an O.A.M. in 1992 for his services to folklore and Australian literature.

"Bill is without a doubt one of Australia's most important folklorists, collectors and writers. His longstanding commitment to collecting, performing and publishing Australian folklore is unparalleled in Australia and abroad." SUSAN FAINE Victorian Folklife Association

TRACK LIST: The Darling Bunyip, Tin Whistle, Broken Down Digger, Opal Miner, Silverwood Dam, Black Man In Sydney, Young Harry, A Drover's Life, Goldfield, Thunderbolt, Dancer, Ringer, Ballad Of New Chum Hill, Bert And The Bear, Stinker, Cullendore Creek, Ghost Town, Professor Postle, Lunar Orbert, North Queensland, Let Her Go, Bullock Teams, Windsong (Autumn Has Come), To Be Free


HEY RAIN - SONGS & POEMS OF BILL SCOTT
LIMITED EDITION CD



Bill Scott, folklorist, poet and author of books for children, was born at Bundaberg in 1923. He worked at many trades, including canecutter, steam engine driver, miner and publisher before becoming a professional writer in 1974.

His best known books include The Complete Book of Australian Folklore (1976), The Second Penguin Australian Songbook (1980), and The Penguin Book of Australian Humorous Verse (1984).

A number of his books for young people have been highly commended by The Children's Book Council in their annual awards.

The poems and songs on this recording are mainly from his books of poems, Brother & Brother ( Jacaranda, 1972), Following The Gold (Omnibus, 1989) and See What I've Got (Triple D Books, 2001).

Track List: The Dog's Ghost Story, Black Peter, Old Hen, Letter from Johnny, Brisbane Gardener., The Boundary Rider's Tale, Little Tom Thumb, Mt Tully Lullaby, Shy Grey Ghost, Hey Rain! The Queensland Dog, The Bass Strait Ferry, The Lion and the Unicorn, Lazy Jack, The Onion, Hard On A Lass, A Dog's Life, The Last of the Cane Cutters, The Last of the Kroombit Boys, The Old Man's Song

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Protrait of Bill

BILL SCOTT
As Ian McNamara of the ABC programme
"Australia All Over" puts it;
"As far as I can ascertain, Bill Scott has spent most of his life being fiercely Australian. Well maybe fierce is not quite the right word if you know Bill, because whenever I meet him he's sporting that warm smile of his. Bill, and a few others like him, believe it is important to celebrate our distinctive national qualities. Bill Scott has, for many years, been writing our songs and stories. We hear them and we smile - they are our shared experiences..... If I can paraphrase a line taken from Henry Lawson; 'We as people are all better off for the muse of a bloke like Bill."


(Ian McNamara, ABC Radio, "Australia All Over"
August 1999).


BILL SCOTT BIOGRAPHY:
Bill Scott was born in Bundaberg, Queensland, in 1923, and grew up in Caboolture and then in Brisbane. He began writing poetry while serving in the Royal Australian Navy during World War.
His first poem was published in The Bulletin in 1944 when he was twenty-one. Since then he has published more than fifty books in prose and in poetry and has become famous as a collector of and writer on Australian folk stories and songs. He has written novels, short stories, verse, biographies, magazine articles, anthologies and songs. His poetry and short stories have been widely anthologised. He was awarded the O.A.M. for his services to folklore in 1992. Bill is one of Australia's national treasures. .
Besides serving in the Navy, Bill has worked as a seaman, steam engine driver, prospector, miner, bookseller, editor and publisher.
He spent the last 30 or so years of his life writing full time. He died in December, 2005.

OPAL MINER
- a poem by Bill Scott

Deep in the shaft I chip alone
where sunsets sleep in the dry brown stone.
Scrape of shovel blade, tap of pick,
flickering light from the burning wick.

Long ago,
before there were clocks,
a rainbow crept inside these rocks.
Now in the darkness
I burrow and creep,
waking that light from its age-old sleep.

Pot of gold at the rainbow's end
are the sunset colours that shift and blend.
I hammer and tap,
scrape and strain,
till I bring them back to light again.

I may never see the day
when the stone shines bright as the Milky Way,
But some other miner,
when I'm long gone
may discover the dream that drove me on.

My blue-green eyes, my blood's red streams,
golden hope and harlequin dreams
may shine like colour in the dry brown stone
as underground
he chips alone.


Bill Scott - from "See What I've Got" - The Bill Scott Reciter (Triple D Books, ISBN 0 9578681 0 3)

CONTACT: zdenholm@bigpond.net.au to purchase a copy.

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PHOTO GALLERY

at sea
High Peak
Lighthouse
In the rigging of the Cape Leeuwin
High Peak, 1953
North Reef Lighthouse, north of Heron Island
Photos from Bill Scott's collection - some of these photos appear in HEY RAIN - The Bill Scott Songbook

HEY RAIN - THE BILL SCOTT SONGBOOK
B
ill Scott - noted folklorist, wrote novels, short stories, verse, anthologies and songs.
(Some of his best loved songs include HEY RAIN! and the lovely WHERE THE CANE FIRES BURN, both sung by Penny Davies.)
He was awarded the O.A.M. for his services to folklore in 1992.
Bill served in the Navy during World War II, and worked as a seaman, steam engine driver, prospector, miner, bookseller, editor and publisher.
Restless Music is proud to publish Hey Rain The Bill Scott Songbook. Penny Davies & Roger Ilott (who have run Restless Music, making over 100 albums of folk music since 1983) have been admirers of Bills work since the night in 1985 when folksinger Dave de Hugard came to their cottage/studio in Balmain, Sydney, and, sitting at the kitchen table, sang Bill Scotts song Hey Rain!, as the Sydney rain played percussion on the old tin roof. The next day Penny & Roger recorded their own arrangement of Hey Rain! that began their long association with the songs of Bill Scott. The song appeared on their third album, Birchgrove Quay (RM012, 1986).

In 1986 Penny met Bill Scott for the first time, at a Folklore Conference in Sydney, and in 1987, when Penny and Roger moved Restless Music moved up to Stanthorpe in Queensland, Bill was one of their very first visitors. Before the house and studio were in existence, Bill would share a billy of tea, tell stories and sing songs around the Restless campfire. Bill and his wife Mavis had recently moved to Warwick only 40 miles away. Penny & Rogers version of Hey Rain! had, by then, appeared on the first Australia All Over album and its acceptance and success encouraged Bill to write more songs and to give poems to Roger so that tunes could emerge.
Assisted by a grant from Arts Queensland, Opal Miner The Songs Of Bill Scott, performed by Penny Davies & Roger Ilott (RM075), was released in 1999, and has been Restless Musics most successful album to date.
Where The Cane Fires Burn from the album has become one of Bills most loved songs.
The publication of the songbook was assisted by a grant from the Music Board of the Australia Council.
The songs are notated with full lyrics and guitar chords perfect for the beginning folk singer, as well as the seasoned performer. Bill Scotts songs tell of working life, the landscape and climate, and the Australian character; there is comedy and longing, irony and insight.


Hey Rain - The Bill Scott Songbook collects together 23 songs, some of which appeared on Opal Miner, a few more that have emerged since, and a couple of neglected classics from Bill Scotts considerable treasure-trove of Australian song.
Hey Rain cover
Bill's albums of his songs and poems Hey Rain (RM026, 1990) and Songbird In Your Pocket (RM040. 1993) are now available on CD.

COMPLETE LIST OF SONGS: A Drovers Life, The Boundary Riders Tale, Brisbane Girl, Bundaberg Rum, Caboolture Days, Cane Train, Coal Train (Trust The Jesus Box), The Darling Bunyip, Hard On A Lass, Hey Rain! The Lighthouse Keeper & Herring Gull, The Light Of The Star, The Long Haul , The Monkeys Sing Soprano (Around Stanthorpe In July), Mt Tully Lullaby, Mungindi Ball, Old Mans Song, On Top Of High Peak, Plastic Container Of Plonk, Tales Of The Wind, Tanglefoot Harry, Trochus Boats, Where The Cane Fires Burn.

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BILL SCOTT - A Selected Bibliography (Includes ISBNs where known)

Books:
Complete Book Of Australian Folklore (Lansdowne, 1976)
Brisbane Sketchbook (Rigby, 1976)
Boori (Oxford University Press, 1979)
Tough In The Old Days (Rigby, 1979)
Shadows Among The Leaves (Heineman, 1984)
Many Kinds Of Magic (Viking, 1990, ISBN 0670829714)
The Currency Lad (McVittie, 1994, ISBN - 0949183349)
The Banshee & The Bullocky - Tales of My Uncle Arch (University of Qld. Press, 1996 ISBN 0702227757) Pelicans & Chihuahuas & Other Urban Legends (University of Qld. Press, 1996, ISBN 0702227749)
Waltzing Matilda Meets Lazy Jack (Silverfish, ISBN 1876631015)
Lies, Flies & Strange Big Fish (Allen & Unwin ISBN 1865083577)
Hey Rain - The Bill Scott Songbook (Restless Music, 2002 ISBN 0 9579874-0-4)

Poetry:
Brother & Brother (Jacaranda, 1972)
Following The Gold (Penguin, 1999, ISBN 0140340068)
The Penguin Book Of Australian Humourous Verse (ED) (Penguin, ISBN 0140423214)
See What I've Got - the Bill Scott Reciter (Triple D Booksm 2001 ISBN 0 9578681 0 3)

For more information check out the Bill Scott website at www.billscott.com.au

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SEE WHAT I'VE GOT
THE BILL SCOTT RECITER
Illustrated by Christina Booth


"See What I've Got" is Bill's third collection of his own poetry. The Reciter Series is aimed at providing poetry for Australians to perform - solo, in pairs, in groups. Young Australians need poetry for school, for examinations in Speech and Drama, for eisteddfodau, for family gatherings but they need it especially to bring joy to their youth, to heighten their awareness of the possibilities of language, to wake in them a knowledge of our distinctive culture, of the ways in which we are Australian. In "See What I've Got" you will find poems that beg to be learned and demand to be performed by people from six to more than sixty!
Besides being awarded an Order Of Australia Medal for services to Folklore in 1992, in January 2001 at Tamworth he was given the Judith Hosier Heritage Award for his contribution to the preservation of Australian poetry.
He has also issued two cassettes of songs and poems on the Restless Music label.

Order copies of "See What I've Got" directly from the publisher at $19.95 per copy.Please send only money order or cheque payable to:

Triple D Books 3 Cassidy Parade, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650.
Or contact: zdenholm@tripledbooks.com.au
Website: www.tripledbooks.com.au

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Bill Scott reciter

OPAL MINER-
The Songs Of Bill Scott
PENNY DAVIES & ROGER ILOTT
RESTLESS RM075 CD

Opal Miner Penny Davies & Roger Ilott first met Bill Scott after recording his song 'Hey Rain' in 1986. Their version of Bill's song became popular nationally when Ian McNamara discovered it and started playing it regularly on the ABC's "Australia All Over" radio programme. The song was included on the first "Australia All Over" album in 1987, which shot to number 1 and eventually went Double Platinum.
OPAL MINER features 22 of Bill Scott's songs, performed with humour, sensitivity and integrity by Penny Davies & Roger Ilott. With so much American influence apparent in our ethnic music, it is refreshing that Penny and Roger use their own voices to paint a true and honest musical picture of our Australian experience. Bill writes the stories and Penny and Roger interpret them in a variety of settings which bring Bill's songs to life.

TRACK INFORMATION: Where The Canefires Burn, Hey Rain!, Trochus Boats, The Lighthouse Keeper & The Herring Gull, Tanglefoot Harry, Hard On A Lass, The Mungindi Ball, Brisbane Girl, Mount Tully Lullaby, Cane Train, Cullendore Creek, The Darling Bunyip, Silverwood Dam, Coal Train (Trust The Jesus Box), Autumn Wine, A Drover's Life, Autumn Has Come, Rain In The Channel Country, The Monkeys Sing Soprano, Tales Of The Wind, Lullaby, Old Man's Song.

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Some Broadcasters, Listeners and Customer's Comments:
(Just a few of the many letters and comments we have received since OPAL MINER was released)


"....and Number One .... the wistful sadness of Penny Davies' voice, Roger Ilott's music and the poetry of Bill Scott - for all us drifters, where the cane fires burn." (Mike Broadhurst, ABC Radio, 'Australia All Over', Macca's Top 10 for 1999)

"You little beauties - what a great CD! Cheers! Pass on my congratulations to Bill and to the other musicians." (Ted Egan, Songwriter, N.T. Governor & Film Maker, Alice Springs, N.T.)

"I think it's my favourite of all you've done - the material is so consistently good and solid - (Bill Scott) is drawing from a deep well and is a deep well himself, and your tuneful co-labours work very well." (Gordon Bok, Folksinger/Songwriter, Maine, U.S.A.)

"What a wonderful CD this is!" (Chris Jensen, ABC Radio, Toowoomba, Q.)

"All your songs/poems have special meaning. I love the way you compose the music and arrange it to suit the story." (Hugh Lunn, Writer, St. Lucia, Q.)

"Bill Scott is one of a kind. They don't make them like that any more. He is a carrier of lore from Australia's past. I doubt if I need to detail Bill Scott's accomplishments other than to say we could do with more people like him!" (Warren Fahey, Festival Music, Sydney, N.S.W.)

"I enjoy your recent song "Where The Cane Fires Burn" - your sweet voice and crystal clear ennunciation stands like a beacon in these days of twang and tripe......You are both exceptional talents and your voice is an absolute delight." (John Z. Smith, Warwick, Q.)

"May we please order 'Opal Miner' by the national treasure Bill Scott." (Judy & John Collins, St. Helens, Tas.)

"I have listened to 'Opal Miner' with huge pleasure and some nostalgia. I think the production and the music are outstandingly good. Furthermore my elderly ears picked up every word - so clearly were the songs sung." (Mark Hertzberg, Hunters Hill, N.S.W.)

"Penny has a voice like cream pouring on rose petals. I delight in hearing 'Where The Cane Fires Burn." (Collin Robbins, Alexandra Hills, Q)

"I'd like to purchase the CD for my 76 year old Dad, who used to work at Goondi Mill and still goes out to the Garradunga Pub for a drink!" (Narelle Scerri, Flying Fish Point Q.)

"I have sought to find your music for some years without success. No peace until I locate the lady with the penchant for rain and the beautifully 'cynical' voice. A complete Australian icon. Thank you so much for the CDs I have them almost superglued in the CD player." (Mel Le Good, Sans Souci, N.S.W.)

"Last Sunday, listening to 'Macca', I heard a great track about a cane fire burning, by our old mate Bill Scott. It took me back down long years, my eyes filled with unbidden tears. Was it smoke from the cane or was it not? ....Now I sit, waiting for the mail, and I know that you won't fail to send me the sort of songs I love the most." (Ron Bone, The Gap, Q.)

"I woke up at 6.15 one morning in December hearing 'Where The Cane Fires Burn'. As Macca did not name it, I wrote to him and eventually received the name and ordered it. I is absolutely beautiful..... Never in my life have I gone to this trouble for music." (Ann O'Sullivan, Mt. Eliza, Vic)

"I never thought I would hear music written and sung at such a high standard in contemporary times." (Wal Geldard, Forster, N.S.W.)

"This particular type of folk music is a rare treasure in Australian music these days." (Mike Stanton, Collaroy Plateau, NSW)

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