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Eric Bogle

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Scotland’s greatest living Australian. Or the other way around, depending on how you look at it.

Born in Peebles, Scotland, and emigrating to Australia in 1969, he currently resides near Adelaide, South Australia. Written in 1972, And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda is perhaps his best-known song, being a haunting evocation of the ANZAC experience fighting in the Battle of Gallipoli. It has also been interpreted as a reaction to the Vietnam War.

Bogle’s songs cover a wide range of subjects, including bright comic songs, satires, protest songs and other serious considerations of the human condition. Some idea of the breadth of his work can be gained from the differing subject matter, ranging from The Aussie Bar-B-Q to a homage to Stan Rogers, entitled Safe in the Harbour. One of his most popular songs, Katie and the Dreamtime Land, is a tribute to American folksinger Kate Wolf, following her untimely death from leukemia in 1986.

In a similar vein to And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda”, his song, No Man’s Land, refers to the old Scottish song, “Flowers of the Forest” being played over the grave of a World War I soldier. (Bogle has been known to call the song The Green Fields of France, a title it was first given by The Fureys and subsequently used by The Men They Couldn’t Hang.) In 1997, British Prime Minister Tony Blair presented a Belfast girl who wrote to him about the Troubles with a framed copy of the lyrics to The Green Fields of France”, calling it his favourite anti-war poem.

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  • Haz567

    The Pogues version of The Band Played Waltzing Matilda is the most poignant i've ever heard, gotta give it to this man it's beautifully written.

    11 Jun 2009 Reply
  • alabamaralle

    Ob Donovan oder Hannes Wader, Deine Musik wird gehört, geliebt und gecovert.

    10 May 2009 Reply
  • Bi_Kitten

    Beautiful song writer :)

    25 Nov 2008 Reply
  • hreddwarf

    Ive been a fan since 1972, there's no-one better.

    14 Jun 2008 Reply
  • EyeNixon

    Eric's the man!

    7 Sep 2007 Reply
  • nigels

    Eric, come tour in Austin Texas please!

    26 Aug 2007 Reply
  • Marie-Cris

    Yay, people are responding now! :) He came to my town and performed with out local folk group. YAY

    19 Aug 2007 Reply
  • Cankerio

    I Like Him A Lot,

    2 Jul 2007 Reply
  • onlynik

    I had the pleasure of seeing him perform lie last year What a great gig. I@ve been a fan for many years.

    7 Jun 2007 Reply
  • zabethgirl

    he's fantastic!

    5 Jun 2007 Reply
  • Marie-Cris

    Why is he going unrecognised? Come on people, a little support for fabulous folkie

    19 Dec 2006 Reply

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