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.
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:
HEY RAIN - THE BILL SCOTT SONGBOOK
BILL SCOTT BIOGRAPHY
"SEE WHAT I'VE GOT" THE BILL SCOTT RECITER
POEM - OPAL MINER
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 SongBACK TO PAGE INDEX
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.
- 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.
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
he chips alone.
Bill Scott - from "See What I've Got" - The Bill Scott Reciter (Triple D Books, ISBN 0 9578681 0 3)
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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
|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.
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)
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)
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
SEE WHAT I'VE GOT
THE BILL SCOTT RECITER
Illustrated by Christina Booth
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:
The Songs Of Bill Scott
PENNY DAVIES & ROGER ILOTT
RESTLESS RM075 CD
|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.