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The Fair Dinkum Matilda

Songs of the Australian Bush, including the first ever recording of the original version of Waltzing Matilda. Another disc of Australian bush songs? You bet - and brought to life by one of Australia's most respected folk singers, Denis Gibbons.

Features the original version of Banjo Paterson's Waltzing Matilda (as well as the one we all know and love) and many more of our finest bush songs - 23 tracks in all including Click Go The Shears, Wallaby Stew, The Wild Colonial Boy, The Drover's Dream and The Broken Down Squatter.


Denis Gibbons

Denis Gibons has sung Australian folk songs from Simpson's Gap in Central Australia to Government House in Victoria. In 1982 he received an Advance Australia Award, for ‘his outstanding contribution to Australian Folk Music’.

Press quotes

“songs, familiar and obscure, come evocatively to life in the hands of a premier folkie.”

Sunday Herald Sun

“on this entertaining album ... grog shanties, road junctions and waterholes are brought to life by one of Australia's most respected folk singers”

New Classics, UK

“Gibbons sings with a gentle simplicity, concentrating on the meaning of the words.”

The Age - Green Guide

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Track Listing

  1. Click Go the Shears
  2. The Drovers Dream
  3. Reedy River Henry Lawson
  4. Waltzing Matilda Banjo Paterson
  5. Another Fall of Rain
  6. The Old Bullock Dray
  7. Denis O'Reilly
  8. Wallaby Stew
  9. Lazy Harry's
  10. The Bush Girl Henry Lawson
  11. Billy of Tea
  12. The Billygoat Overland Banjo Paterson
  13. Botany Bay
  14. The Broken Down Squatter
  15. The Old Palmer Song
  16. The Gum Tree Canoe
  17. The Wild Colonial Boy
  18. Melody of the Rain
  19. LimeJuice Tub
  20. Andy's Gone with Cattle Henry Lawson
  21. South Australia
  22. Waltzing Matilda Banjo Paterson

  23. [traditional version]
  24. [Queensland version]



Where to buy

The Fair Dinkum Matilda is available for download from the iTunes Music Store.
It's available for streaming through Spotify and Apple Music.

The Fair Dinkum Matilda is available as as CD. It can be purchased online through Buywell Music or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

Move CDs can be ordered through music retailers across Australia including Readings.

Product details

List price
$25.00 AUD
Peter Thorp
Peter Thorp
Jim Atkins
Release date
June 1995
© 1995 Move Records
℗ 1995 Move Records
Australian, Folk music, Vocal
Catalogue number
MD 3175
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574317527