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John Meredith (1920 2001) was, for decades, the leading warrior in the fight to collect, preserve, and celebrate Australia’s unique folk music heritage. Between 1953 and 1994, he recorded, from ordinary Australians, thousands of songs, tunes, recitations, folk medicines, superstitions, sayings, and yarns, documenting a rich canon of traditional lore which, at the time, few believed (and many denied) existed.
He was also a key pioneer in folk song performance, establishing, in 1952, the original Bushwhackers Band and performing in the landmark Australian musical Reedy River.
Unlike, however, the great song collectors in other English speaking countries, he did not have the benefit of a good education, let alone formal musical training, for he was forced by poverty to leave school at age 14 at the height of the Great Depression.
In 1944, having neither qualifications nor prospects, John Meredith mounted his pushbike and left the New South Wales township of Holbrook, where he was born, and rode into the sunrise, determined to make his fortune. This is John Meredith’s story.
Also included is a CD containing the cream of Meredith’s field recordings, together with classical performances by leading Australian and international folk singers.