By Dave Arthur
Author note: Foreword via Richard Thompson OBE and Preface by means of the Rt. Hon. Sir Stephen Sedley
Folk singer and folks tune collector, author, painter, journalist, artwork critic, whalerman, sheep station roustabout, Marxist, and masses extra - this can be the tale of A. L. (Bert) Lloyd's amazing lifestyles. A. L. Lloyd performed a key half within the people song revival of the Nineteen Fifties and 60s, yet that's merely a part of his tale.
Dave Arthur files how Lloyd turned a member of the Communist social gathering, forceful antifascist, alternate unionist and an immense a part of left-wing tradition from the early Thirties to his loss of life in 1982. Following his go back from Australia as a 21-year-old, self-educated agricultural labourer, he used to be on the center of an important left-wing routine and hugely revered for his wisdom in quite a few fields. Dave Arthur recounts the lifetime of an inventive, passionate and life-loving Marxist, and in so doing offers a social heritage of a turbulent 20th century.
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Also Bush Music Clubs performed in Sydney and Melbourne, mainly made up of ‘lefty’ schoolteachers, but with a rather Arthur T02577 01 text 25 02/04/2012 11:36 26 BE RT uninteresting plodding singing style. Then along came Bert, and what a breath of fresh-air he was! With his expressive singing style, new range of songs and clear feel for the lyrics, he brought an authenticity which had previously been lacking. 7 Bert’s records provided singers like Shearston, Kempster and Fingleton with the sort of material they were looking for, as Ron Edwards pointed out in ‘The Cult of Lloyd’ (Northern Folk, September 1966), his critique of Bert’s recorded material: ‘His collection is far more than unique, it is almost miraculous.
L. L. L. Lloyd Memorial Fund for field collecting. Arthur T02577 01 text 24 02/04/2012 11:36 T HE B E G I NN I N G 2 5 However, Meredith’s vitriolic outburst in Stringybark and Greenhide was an unpleasant personal attack against a man who, however much Meredith and others might not care to admit it, had been a genuine bushworker for a number of years, and must have heard, and probably sung, authentic bush ballads twenty-five years before native Australian folk song enthusiasts and collectors such as, Meredith, Nancy Keesing, Russell Ward, Douglas Stewart, and Australian Folklore Society archivist, Harry Kay started collecting.
They drove for hours in silence then, just as dawn was rising, he said, ‘Bunk a bunk a bunk! ’ ‘Come again,’ said Bert. ‘Bunk a bunk a bunk. ’ The mailman gazed absentmindedly across the plain which ‘early in the morning looked like a ghostly ocean’, and said at last, ‘That’s right. ’ And spoke no more for the rest of the journey. The boredom was occasionally broken by the arrival of the seasonal shearing gangs or by drovers, the ‘overlanders’, passing though on their way to the railheads with mobs of cattle or sheep.