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Eric Bogle

One of the best and most prolific songwriters of the last several decades.

An Australian resident for 38 years, and an Australian citizen since 1982, he is an internationally known and respected singer/songwriter who toured internationally for 25 years up until 2009, in spite of warnings to "stop it or you'll go blind".Eric now confines his touring to Australia and New Zealand but has not given up song-writing and recording.

Eric is a warm and engaging stage performer, and his songs have the knack of getting straight to the heart of the matter with intelligent and well-crafted lyrics. His songs have been recorded by many other artists ranging from Joan Baez, Donovan, The Pogues and Mary Black through to our own late, great Slim Dusty. A Toss Of The Coin is Eric’s 15th CD and confirms that he is one of the best and most prolific songwriters of the last several decades. Eric has been described as a bit of a living legend, a label which he is uncomfortable with, but, as he says, "it's marginally better than being a dead legend"...

 

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'A Toss Of The Coin'
Catalogue Number RRR61

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Track Listing:
  1. Ashes
  2. By The Arafura Sea
  3. Song For James
  4. Absolution
  5. In Flanders Fields
  6. Reg Evans’ Cradle
  7. When An Angel Appears
  8. Home Is The Hero
  9. A Toss Of The Coin
  10. Roll Call
  11. Glory Days
  12. Don’t Throw Away Your Dreams

There’s not much that hasn’t already been written and said about Eric Bogle. His new album A Toss Of The Coin testifies that whilst Eric now confines his touring to Australia and New Zealand (which is a huge loss to his legion of international fans), he has not given up song-writing and recording.

This album again confirms that he is one of the best and most prolific songwriters of the last several decades.

This album takes a slightly different direction to Eric's most recent recordings in that Eric sings ten of the songs, while John Munro not only contributes two new songs but sings them as well. Of Eric's songs, seven are entirely works by him, one other is a poem to which Eric has written the music, and the remaining two are songwriting contributions by friends. As usual, Eric's songs reflect the times we live in and recent world events.
The first song - Ashes - was written after a visit to Strathewen, Victoria, Australia, ten weeks after the 'Black Saturday' bushfires of February 2009 in which 173 souls perished. It is dedicated to Dave Magahey, Captain of Arthurs Creek and Strathewen Fire Brigade. This is yet another classic from Eric's pen and ranks with his all time greats.

But this is not a one-track wonder album. Just listen to Song For James, about a young Irish lad knocked down and killed by a truck, and his father's subsequent efforts to help keep his
son's memory alive. Then there is Reg Evans' Cradle, another powerful and emotional song rising from the ashes of the Black Saturday fires.

Eric has also put music to John MacRae's widely known First World War poem In Flanders Field, bringing the poem to life. The two songs written by friends Mike O'Callaghan and Pete Titchener/June Harrison - When An Angel Appears and Don't Throw Away Your Dreams respectively - emphasise that Eric also knows good songs when he hears them.

We all know how good a songwriter John Munro is. His two contributions on this album - Absolution and Glory Days - are excellent and confirm, if confirmation is needed, of Eric's admiration for his loyal sidekick's work.

John Munro (guitars, mandolin, ukulele and vocals) as always features greatly in Eric's line-up of studio musicians, which also includes the talents of Emma Luker (fiddle, cello), Damien Steele Scott (electric basses, piano, guitar), Pete Titchener (guitars, vocals) and Jon Jones (drum, percussion), amongst several other guests. A formidable line-up! Peter Titchener also recorded the album and co-produced it with Eric.

Rouseabout Records is proud to continue to release the work of our most prolific artist Eric Bogle.

RRR48Eric Bogle
'A Few Old Songs For Very New Times'
Catalogue Number RRR54

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Track Listing:
  1. The Sound of Singing
  2. Two Strong Arms
  3. Flying Finger Filler
  4. Since Nancy Died
  5. The Waltzing Matilda Waltz
  6. Beam Me Up Scotty
  7. Never Again / Remember
  8. No Use For Him
  9. The Ballad of Henry Holloway
  10. Old Friends
  11. Endangered Species
  12. Unsung Hero
  13. Going Back To Dublin
  14. Across The Hills of Home
  15. Kissing English Arses Blues
  16. The Lily and The Poppy
  17. Poacher's Moon
  18. Fences and Walls
  19. Marking Time
  20. Progress
  21. Turning Circles
  22. Journeys
  23. Just Here for the Money
  24. No Gods at All
  25. The Road to El Dorado
  26. Jingle Jangle
  27. The Sign
  28. Our National Pride
  29. Lifeline
  30. All the Fine Young Men
  31. An Old Song
  32. Always Back To You


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Eric Bogle’s songs are as relevant today as when they were written. A Few Old Songs For Very New Times features 32 songs from Bogle’s back catalogue not contained on Singing The Spirit Home (RRR49) hand picked by Eric himself and is a must have for any Bogle fan.

Eric Bogle
'Live At Stonyfell Winery' - DVD
Catalogue Number RRR48

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Track Listing:
  1. The Sound Of Singing
  2. Now I’m Easy
  3. The Colour Of Dreams
  4. Lost Soul
  5. The Dalai Lama’s Candle
  6. Rosie
  7. The Waltzing Matilda Waltz
  8. Tired
  9. If Wishes Were Fishes
  10. No Man’s Land (The Green Fields Of France)
  11. Hallowed Ground
  12. The Dreamer
  13. Leaving Nancy
  14. Them Old Song Writing Blue4s
  15. One Small Star
  16. Endangered Species
  17. A Reason For It All
  18. Shelter
  19. The Band Played Waltzing Matilda
  20. The Gift Of Years
  21. Singing The Spirit Home

A live performance DVD recording made at Stonyfell Winery, Adelaide, Australia - this is Eric Bogle's first and (he says) last DVD and includes additional interview material.

No one has ever recorded a documentary of ‘Australia’s premier poet of song’. This DVD containing many of Eric's most popular and requested songs should fill the gap to some extent.

As Eric prepares to hang up his 'touring boots' and embark on a final round of touring, he thought this an appropriate time to record a concert. The DVD contains 21 of Eric's most requested songs from a remarkable recording career, plus some chat with Eric and his touring buddy John Munro. “It’s scrubbed up pretty well considering the subject matter, I'm happy enough with it. 21 songs in all plus an interview with John Munro and I on the end of it. Otherwise it's all concert, no silly graphics, smoke bombs or quotes from Bono....”

A compulsive, almost obsessive songwriter for most of his adult life, Eric has written some songs that have pretty much become Australian (if not world) classics of their particular genre. Possibly his best known song is The Band Played Waltzing Matilda, which confirmed its status by appearing as a question in the Australian version of Trivial Pursuit!

Some of his other songs - No Man's Land (The Green Fields of France), Leaving Nancy, Now I'm Easy, Shelter, If Wishes Were Fishes - are now beginning to rival Matilda in the icon stakes. Eric's songs have been recorded by Joan Baez, Mary Black, Jean Redpath, June Tabor, Donovan, John Williamson, Billy Bragg, The Pogues, The Fureys and The Corries - to name just a few.

Eric was born in Peebles in Scotland and says he was "destined to be a politician or a folk singer of protest songs... And so one of these prophecies came to pass". In 1969 he emigrated to Australia and in 1980, after various jobs, he embarked on the perilous career path of a professional musician.

Together with his touring partner John Munro, Eric has literally taken his music to the world. He has toured extensively over the last 25 years or so, and this includes 8 tours of North America, 10 tours of Europe and many tours of Australia. He has appeared at every major folk and Country music festival in Australia and around the world.

He has won many awards along the way, including the Order of Australia medal for services to the entertainment industry and a Peace Medal from the United Nations for his efforts, through music, to promote peace and racial harmony. In Scotland he was recognised by the Scots Trad Music Awards and has been placed in their Hall Of Fame.

 

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Eric Bogle
'The Dreamer'
Catalogue Number RRR47

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Track Listing:
  1. Bringing Buddy Home
  2. Standing in the Light
  3. Nothing Worth Saving
  4. Snowdrop
  5. The Dreamer
  6. Flying Away
  7. Canadian Christmas Song
  8. Someone Else’s Problem
  9. Lost Soul
  10. An Australian Prayer for Rain
  11. The Last Note

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The Dreamer is Eric Bogle's 15th album and is released as Eric prepares to hang up his 'touring boots' and embark on a final round of touring. As always, Eric will be accompanied by his long-time buddy John Munro, who has produced this and other Eric Bogle albums.

A compulsive, almost obsessive songwriter for most of his adult life, Eric has written some songs that have pretty much become Australian (if not world) classics of their particular genre. Possibly his best known song is The Band Played Waltzing Matilda, which confirmed its status by appearing as a question in the Australian version of Trivial Pursuit!

Some of his other songs - No Man's Land (The Green Fields of France), Leaving Nancy, Now I'm Easy, Shelter, If Wishes Were Fishes - are now beginning to rival Matilda in the icon stakes. Eric's songs have been recorded by Joan Baez, Mary Black, Jean Redpath, June Tabor, Donovan, John Williamson, Billy Bragg, The Pogues, The Fureys and The Corries - to name just a few.

Eric was born in Peebles in Scotland and says he was "destined to be a politician or a folk singer of protest songs... And so one of these prophecies came to pass..." In 1969 he emigrated to Australia and in 1980, after various jobs, he embarked on the perilous career path of a professional musician.

Together with his touring partner John Munro, Eric has literally taken his music to the world. He has toured extensively over the last 25 years or so, and this includes 8 tours of North America, 10 tours of Europe and many tours of Australia. He has appeared at every major folk and Country music festival in Australia and around the world.

He has won many awards along the way, including the Order Of Australia medal for services to the entertainment industry and a Peace Medal from the United Nations for his efforts, through music, to promote peace and racial harmony. In Scotland he was recognised by the Scots Trad Music Awards and has been placed in their Hall Of Fame.

This is yet another fine clutch of songs from Eric, plus one by John Munro. The songs are thought- provoking as always and bound to move the listener.

With John Munro (acoustic guitars, mandolin, banjo, vocals), Emma Luker (fiddle, cello, backing vocals), Phil Cuneen (piano), Pete Titchener (acoustic guitar), Trev Warner (dobro) and Damien Steele-Scott (electric bass) providing excellent backing.

Bringing Buddy Home deals with coffins of young American soldiers being shipped home from Iraq. Nothing Worth Saving is for those willing to stand up and be counted for what they believe in. The Dreamer - Eric says "I admit it, I'll hold up my hand". Someone Else's Problem is about the great Murray River slowly dying. Lost Soul deals with the disgrace of the Australian Ngarrindjeri people not being regarded as Australian citizens in 1916, and John Munro's excellent contribution Snowdrop is a song about homelessness.

The last song on the album is aptly titled The Last Note, and Eric states simply in the sleeve note - "Indeed it is".

Eric Bogle
'Singing The Spirit Home'
Catalogue Number RRR49

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Boxed sets of 'Greatest Hits' usually appear after the songwriter in question is safely dead, but I’m still in reasonable health and I need the cash now.

Anyway this isn’t really a 'Greatest Hits' compilation it’s more a collection of the songs that are most requested at my live concerts. Plus a few of my personal favourites. Taken together they form a pretty fair cross section of the type of songs I’ve written over the last 38 years or so.

I know pride is one of the least attractive of the seven deadly sins, but I can’t help being proud of my songs, over the years they have been loyal and true companions through good and bad times, we’ve covered a lot of miles together. I hope that some of them will become friends to you as well.

Eric Bogle   June 2009

 

Volume One

  1. Now I'm Easy
  2. No Man's Land (aka GreenFields Of France)
  3. Front Row Cowboy
  4. Song Of The Whale
  5. Dan
  6. The Aussie BBQ Song
  7. Shining River
  8. Lady From Bendigo
  9. I Hate Wogs
  10. Leaving Nancy (Live)
  11. And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda
  12. Belle of Broughton

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Volume Two
  1. Scraps Of Paper
  2. He's Noboddy's Moggy Now
  3. If Wishes Were Fishes
  4. Bushfire
  5. The Enigma
  6. Hard Hard Times
  7. Do You Know Any Dylan (Live)
  8. Safe In The Harbour
  9. Little Gomez
  10. A Reason For It All
  11. Glasgow Lullaby
  12. My Youngest Son Came Home Today

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A Reason For It All

Volume Three
  1. When The Wind Blows
  2. Wilderness
  3. Silly Slang Song
  4. Harry's Wife
  5. Shelter
  6. What Kind Of Man
  7. Feed The Children (Live)
  8. Blues For Alex
  9. Leaving The Land
  10. Something Of Value
  11. Rosie (Live)
  12. Peace Has Broken Out

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Volume Four
  1. Singing The Spirit Home
  2. Katie And The Dreamtime Land
  3. Welcome Home
  4. Don't You Worry About That
  5. Plastic Paddy
  6. Somewhere In America
  7. One Small Life
  8. Short White Blues
  9. Vanya
  10. Mirrors
  11. The Gift Of Years
  12. Wouldn't Be Dead For Quids

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Volume Five
  1. Small Miracles
  2. Keeper Of The Flame
  3. Standing In The Light
  4. The Diggers Legacy
  5. Dedication Day
  6. The Golden City
  7. Troy's Song
  8. Ekka's Silver Jubilee Song
  9. Romeo and Juliet in Sarajevo
  10. The Blessing
  11. One Small Star
  12. The End Of An Auld Song

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Keeper Of The Flame

 
Eric Bogle
'Other People's Children'
Catalogue Number RRR39

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“Very much ahead of the pack”
Bruce Elder (SMH)

The "Master songwriter & performer" (Sing Out) returns with a brand new studio masterpiece...

As a songwriter, Eric Bogle has been acknowledged by some of the best - Billy Bragg, REM, Mary Black, Slim Dusty, Jeannie Lewis, The Bushwackers, June Tabor, The Furies, Tommy Makem & The Clancy Brothers, The Pogues and John Williamson - just to name a handful.
Rouseabout Records is excited to announce that Eric's new studio album ‘Other People's Children’ will be released in February 2006 to coincide with a national tour. As the title suggests Bogle is his usual brilliant political self, but also pays stunning tribute to Slim Dusty in ‘Tambourine Mountain’ and amongst other gems performs a duet with Colcannon's Kath Kraus. The album, produced by long time partner-in-crime John Munro is sure to fill the appetite of Bogle fans everywhere. Fresh from another successful tour of North America be sure to catch the master songwriter and performer in early 2006

Track Listing:

  1. Tamborine Mountain
  2. Hallowed Ground
  3. True Believers
  4. The Last of the Old
  5. Timers
  6. The Promise
  7. Tired
  8. Other People's Children
  9. A Good Man
  10. The Demon
  11. The Last Rodeo
  12. Thou Shalt Not
  13. To an Athlete Dying Young
  14. While I Am Here
Eric Bogle
'At This Stage'
Catalogue Number RRR38

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Live Performances including Eric's Introductions

Eric's most requested songs from the past thirty years including 'And the band played Waltzing Matilda', 'Leaving Nancy', 'No Man's Land and 'Now I'm Easy'.

This new 2 CD release features Eric’s most popular songs as well as some special rarities, and as always, despite the heavy nature of the subjects, Bogle retains his uncanny ability to hit you on the head with wit and humour.

Track Listing:

  1. Hard, Hard Times
  2. Now I’m Easy
  3. Birds of a Feather
  4. A Reason for It All
  5. Nobody’s Moggy Now!
  6. No Man’s Land
  7. Front Row Cowboy
  8. When The Wind Blows
  9. Lock-Keeper
  10. Little Gomez
  11. If Wishes Were Fishes
  12. Leaving Nancy
  13. Wee China Pig
  14. Safe in The Harbour                 
  15. Do You Know Any Dylan?                      
  16. And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda                     
  17. As If He Knows
  18. The Dalai Lama’s Candle
  19. One Small Star
  20. Introduction Song
  21. At Risk
  22. The Law
  23. Refugee
  24. Eric and the Informers

Eric Bogle
'The Colour of Dreams'
Catalogue Number RRR33

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His most political song collection ever...
Eric Bogle has scored more awards than hot dinners! His ‘And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda’ was in the top dozen songs of APRA’s 75 year Celebration and his songs have been covered by everyone from The Pogues to REM. Even Tony Blair chose an Eric Bogle song as his personal statement as an anthem for peace. This new studio album is the songwriters most political ever and addresses some real issues that dog us all including global greed, terrorism, drug abuse, world peace and more. Despite the heavy nature of the subjects Bogle always hits you on the head with wit and humour.

The songs address everyday and extraordinary events in our twenty-first century lives: drug abuse, infant sudden death syndrome, the eternal search for peace, the distressing global economy, child abuse, terrorism, reconciliation with our indigenous Australians and a heartfelt song about all refugees. Extending his interest in wartime Australia, Eric has written a song to commemorate the neglected role of the horse in conflict. As usual there is a little piece of Bogle history too and this time it is his visit to Gracelands.

The Colour of Dreams is produced by Mick Wordley and Eric Bogle and features:

Eric Bogle: lead vocals, acoustic guitar and backing vocals.
Dave O’Neill: acoustic guitar, electric guitar, fiddle, mandolin, bouzouki.
Jon Jones: drums and percussion
John Munro: acoustic guitar, backing vocals.
Kat Kraus: backing vocals.
Adrian Ferraretto: cello.
Mick Wordley: acoustic guitar, bass guitar, accordion

A proven seller nationally and his twelfth Australian album release.

Internationally successful performer including recent sell out Northern American tour.

Follow up to the 2001 EMI 5CD box set.

Booked as interview guest on the ABCTV7.30 Report with Kerry O’Brien.

His music currently used on national TV Landcare Campaign fronted by Jack Thompson.

Nationally distributed Community Radio Satellite special to over 200 radio stations.

National publicity campaign driven by Larrikin Music Publishing.

Track Listing:

  1. The Colour of Dreams
  2. No Resurrection
  3. The Koala Kafe
  4. As If He Knows
  5. Reconciliation
  6. Elvis ‘n’ Me
  7. Daniel Smiling
  8. Global Economy
  9. Care For The Land
  10. One Morning In Bar Harbor
  11. The Dalai Lama’s Candle
  12. Homecoming
  13. Ibrahim
  14. Elizabeth's Song
  15. Cradle To The Grave
  16. Soaring Free

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'A Toss Of The Coin'

Country Music Capital News Review (PDF Format)

Trad & Now Review (PDF Format)

Northern Daily Leader (PDF Format)

 


Eric Bogle and John Munro combine in their new album as they have for thirty years…and with the same care and tenderness. As well as their theme of war and waste of young lives, this release has a surprise. This album was conceived in the holocaust of the ‘Black Saturday’ bushfires in Victoria in February, 2009.

Ashes was written after visiting Strathewen, just north of Melbourne, ten weeks after the fire front passed killing 173 souls; it’s dedicated to Fire Captain Dave Magahey. Reg Evans Cradle is the about the accidental saving of a memorial baby’s cradle from the fire. Everyone thought it was lost.

What is it about these two performers? They’re boofy blokes, but when they sing any normal person melts. And then there’s Song for James about a young man hit by a truck in the middle of an Irish night, and his father’s attempt to keep his memory alive.

John Munro contributes Absolution and Glory Days  as original pieces…and they lift the whole CD.

With a formidable line-up of instruments and supporting musicians this is a CD which shouldn’t be missed.

(Rob Durbridge, Australian Options)


Bogle fans will find plenty to love on this magnificent new gem of a disc, including two songs not written by Eric, and another two songs where John Munro takes the lead vocal on his own compositions, Absolution and Glory Days.

When An Angel Appears, the Mike O’Callaghan song, sounds as if it could almost have come from Bogle’s pen.

It was the nice, melancholy, reflective tone of Pete Titchener’s song, Don’t Throw Away Your Dreams, that made Eric want to put it down on this record.

There are plenty of gems from Eric as well, including Ashes, Song For James, Reg Evans’ Cradle, Home Is The Hero, Roll Call, A Toss Of The Coin, By The Arafura Sea and his own moving version of In Flanders Fields.

It’s a no-brainer. When Eric Bogle is in town, do anything you can to get there. His music will make your heart sing.

(Anna Rose, Northern Daily Leader)


At a time when two legends of the Australian folk music scene, Gary Shearston and  John Dengate, have recently passed away, we can all be inordinately grateful that the inimitable Eric Bogle remains a living legend!!

Eric's back catalogue includes a stunning array of masterful contributions to the noble art of songwriting. I'm pleased to report that 'A Toss of the Coin', featuring long time collaborator (or partner in crime, as I'm sure Eric would prefer to call him), John Munro, demonstrates that Eric has lost none of his touch as one of Australia's best contemporary songwriters.

One of Eric's great gifts as a songwriting craftsperson, a gift shared with other greats including Bruce Springsteen and Paul Simon, is the ability to step into the shoes of, and articulate through song, the life and experiences of others.

On this album, Ashes is a tribute to the heroes of Victoria's 2009 Black Saturday fires, heard through the "voice" of a firefighter, while By the Arafura Sea sees Eric adopting (delightfully and romantically) an indigenous persona.

Other songs find Eric in his incisive observational mode - Reg Evan's Cradle, Home Is The Hero (written for disabled UK war veterans) and Roll Call (a heartrending meditation on the senseless loss of young innocent lives in the US Sandy Hook school massacre.)

Elsewhere on the album, Eric continues his fascination with the Great War by putting the famous WWI poem, In Flanders Fields, to music, and (with angelic harmonies from Maggie Rutjens) presents a beautiful reading of bassplayer/recording engineer Pete Titchener's Don't Throw Away Your Dreams.

Collaborator John Munro, as well as providing his usual exquisite instrumental (guitars, ukeleles, mandolins) and harmony vocal expertise, steps up to perform two of his own originals, Absolution and Glory Days, the latter featuring fabulous backing vocals from Liz Frencham.

Eric (and John) remain in fine voice throughout this album - age has not wearied them, and may they continue to cast light in dark places by the magic of song.

A delightful, charming and moving album.

(Ian Dearden, Trad&Now)


"Eric’s new album arrived yesterday and I’ve already played it so often that it’s now wafer-thin.... I love Eric; I love John Munro, thanks immensely."
(Jan Nary, Acoustic Harvest)


'The Dreamer'

"Many thanks for the "The Dreamer" album provided to us from AMRAP. I am another volunteer announcer and my Friday evening audience are thoroughly enjoying this masterful work from Eric Bogle."
William Welsh, Radio NAG 91.3 FM, Capricorn Coast Community Radio Yeppoon Qld


“Bogle’s songs are what so strongly define this master songsmith. His latest (and 15th album) The Dreamer is again testament to this consummate communicator – incisive, eloquent and masterful. It’s what stands him apart from the crowd, yet brings him close to his audience”
Mike Smith, Capital News, April 2010


"Eric’s 15th album is an excellent mix of what we come to expect from a man who seems to understand the Australian ethos better than most. He is capable of bittersweet reflections on loyalty, love and important issues like no one else. If you haven’t seen him live, put it on your to-do list and immerse yourself in the majesty of Eric Bogle and his music."
Jon Wolfe, Cap News, September 2009


"A new collection of songs from Eric Bogle is always a rewarding, listening treat and this CD is just that. Bogle’s songs are always passionate and honest responses to the world in which we live. The Dreamer is another superior collection of songs appropriate for our time and I feel sure the listener will return to experience the songs many times."
Jim Low, Simply Australia


“One of Australia’s National Living Treasures, to whom all Australians owe a debt of gratitude for his decision to emigrate to this country, and to stay!
When this latest CD dropped in my letterbox for review, I was delighted. The delight has continued through repeated listenings.
The heart on his sleeve still beats strongly and burns brightly. This album has you in its grasp from the outset.
I believe this CD is up with the best of Eric’s work and as the latest album from one of Australia’s finest songwriters, you should do yourself (and all Australians) a favour, by going and buying a copy, immediately.”

Ian Dearden, Trad & Now, June 2009


"Australia’s premier poet of song"
Bob Crimeen, Sun Herald Sun


'Live at Stonyfell Winery'

“When Eric Bogle and his long time touring partner John Munro grace a stage – magic happens. What a joy it was to sit and watch a concert where every word that is being sung can be heard clearly above the music. That is what I enjoyed when watching the Eric Bogle DVD titled Live at Stonyfell Winery. From the intro The Sound Of Singing to the last song Singing The Spirit Home this brilliant wordsmith takes his audience on a journey with songs he has written over the past 25 years. Eric’s lyrics can make you think, make you laugh and even make you cry, such is the craftsmanship of this Scottish born legend, who has lived in Australia for 40 years.”
(Robyn McIntosh, The Murray Pioneer)

'Other People's Children'

"As a songwriter, Eric Bogle remains a genuine luminary. If nothing else, this first new collection in four years proves the man's potency with words is as sharp as ever. The set covers weighty matters pertaining to life and death, mostly the latter. The title track (about helpless civilians who get killed in "the myriad of nasty little wars") and 'Thou Shalt Not', which was written in the wake of the Beslan school tragedy, also hit the mark in what must rank as this great songwriter's best work for some time."
(Tony Hillier, Rhythms)


"Bogle has composed another intriguing and challenging collection of songs on subjects about which he continues to be intensely passionate. This is not a CD to be greedily devoured in one sitting. Most of the subject matter demands serious reflection to appreciate fully the writer’s intentions. Bogle’s songs more than deserve this, considering his willingness to be so honest, personally revealing and unflinching in expressing his insights and opinions. This is a fine collection of songs for our time."
(Jim Low, Folk Australia)


Thank you for sending out a copy of Eric Bogle's latest album. Great to hear some new songs from the man. The CD impressed me so much it was immediately promoted to the top of the pile and became my "featured album" on 22 January. It's a winner.
(Bruce Cameron, 2MCE)


"He writes words that are illuminated by simple but powerfully evocative melodies to stir the most inanimate soul."
Bob Crimeen (The Age)


"A Fresh sensitive take by a master songwriter and performer."
R. Warr (Sing Out)


"Eric Bogle can send you through a whole gamut of human emotions from deep pathos to gut busting laughter."
Russell Hannah (Trad & Now)


In short: Another classic collection from Australia’s premier story-telling folkie. THE man is a musical marvel. He has written hundreds of heart-wrenching, poignant, sentimental and hilarious songs, but Eric Bogle’s prolific pen continues to produce words and music so profound the ear is riveted to the loudspeakers from which they emanate. And almost every song on this new disc connects that ear to a heart bleeding with emotion. Other People’s Children is an essential acquisition for Bogle devotees.
4 Star Review, Bob Crimeen, (Sunday Herald Sun, 05/02/06)


'At This Stage'

"Bogle's songs sing of the real Australia and pull no punches even when he tickles the funny bones."
Warren Fahey


"The finest live folk music recording to come out of this country".
(Warren Barnett, Australia's leading independent mastering technician)
 


"Although any "best of" releases are cop-outs, At This Stage is not. It is a fresh, sensitive take by a master songwriter of his best songs, all in one tidy package, with worthwhile, sometimes humorous, commentary on the discs. It also reminds you he's a master performer."
(Sing Out!)
 


"The importance of this particular two-CD set is that for the first time it offers Eric's witty and thoughtful introductions to each song. Anyone who has seen Eric in concert will recognise the hilarious, usually self-deprecating humour that brings so many of his songs alive. All the big ones are there including 'Matilda', 'Now I'm Easy' and even those cat and dog songs! This is vintage Eric Bogle live and kicking!"
(Trad & Now)
 


"At This Stage has just arrived - many thanks, a corker of a set - it'll get its first airing tomorrow on a brand-new Acoustic Harvest show!"
(Jan Nary, Bay FM)  
 


"I love the Eric Bogle live CD! I'm working on the Queenscliff Festival. Can you send me back a contact to book him to play?"
(Richard Moffatt, 3RRR)


"Excellent. I really like the way the talking and music are separated. Thank you for supporting Community Radio and I will certainly be playing tracks regularly on my Show."
(Laurie West, Equilibrium Radio Show - 3RPP, www.equilibriumradio.info)
 


"Eric is one of our favourites, the personal introductions are great and will make our show more interesting I'm sure."
(Barry Parks, Northside Folk)
 


"Love It & Play It"
(Keith McGowan, Magic 693)
 


"Thanks for the copy as Eric goes down so well on many of our programs."
(Tony Bates, 3WBC)


'The Colour of Dreams'

"The CD is packed with sixteen songs which explore and try to make some sense of the world in which we live. Eric Bogle’s willingness to tackle challenging subject matter and re-explore old song writing territory are to be admired. A thought-provoking, if at times disturbing, collection of songs that demand attention."
(Jim Low, www.folkaustralia.com


"One of our most respected songwriters, Bogle's new songs are some of his most politically charged, touching on terrorism, world peace, drug abuse, global economy and more. As heavy as these subjects are, Bogle has an uncanny ability to temper them with his unique humour and wit."
(Readings) 


"One of the best albums that Eric has done - a great mixture of humour, political commitment and raw emotion."
(John Funnell, 3WYN-FM) 


"70 minutes of unalloyed folk music pleasure."
(Bob Crimeen, Sunday Herald Sun)

Other Reviews

Country Music Capital News, April 2010 (PDf Format)

Other Reviews (PDF Format)

Sun Herald Review May, 2009

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