John Campbell Munro - The Kelly Collection

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(August 2019)

11 Tracks: The Journey * A Different Kind Of Song * They Will Be Waiting * Never Mind * Stringybark Creek * The Letter * Aaron Sherritt / The Outlaw * Get Ready * Glenrowan * The Trial * When Tomorrow Comes.

The Kelly Collection was composed by John Campbell Munro who was an inspiring and talented songwriter/musician.

John Campbell Munro was born in Glasgow and "escaped" to Australia at the age of 18 years.

Having had a flirtation with folk music in Scotland, John found the local folk haunts in Australia and was soon immersed in the music. He was a founder member of Country Express in 1969 and later Colcannon (Australia) in 1988, but he is probably best known as Eric Bogle’s "sidekick" for decades.

John toured Australia and the World many times with Eric and toured widely with Colcannon, including the UK. John recorded his solo album Plying My Trade for Greentrax in 2007.

John sadly died, far too young, in 2018 after a long battle with cancer. All the songs on this CD are written by John and recorded by Pete Titchener only a few months before John’s death.

All the songs are written by John, a skilled wordsmith, he tells the story of Ned Kelly the most famous of all Australian bushrangers...

Sleeve notes include background information to the songs.

Musicians: John Campbell Munro (vocals, guitar and mandolin), Emma Luker (fiddle and backing vocals), Kathryn Ruby (vocals), Kathie Renner (piano), Eric Bogle (vocals), Pete Titchener (rhythm and lead guitar plus vocals), Paul Callaghan (vocals), Roger Montgomery (monologue); Khristian Mizzi (vocals), Rob McCarthy (tenor banjo), Damien Steele Scott (bass), Jon Jones (percussion).

Kathryn Ruby takes lead vocal on Never Mind, Eric Bogle takes lead vocal on The Trial, while Eric, Paul Callaghan, Pete Titchener and Khristian Mizzi share lead vocals on Stringyback Creek.

"This, more than any other musical project that I have ever been involved in, has been a labour of love, as it has been for most of the musicians and others who so freely, generously and unstintingly gave of their time and talents in the creation of this CD. We crafted this presentation of songs not only as a tribute to the masterful musicianship and songwriting of John Campbell Munro, but also because the songs themselves are fine examples of the songwriter’s art and deserve to be heard. But mostly we made this CD because John was our friend and we loved him..." (Eric Bogle, May 2019)

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