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The Songs of Bill Scott: Opal Miner 2


A new collection celebrating 20 years since the release of Opal Miner - The Songs of (Queensland poet) Bill Scott’s songs – Australian folk music at its best.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Opal Miner (feat. Bill Scott)
1:42 $0.99
2. Blow Wind Blow
1:55 $0.99
3. On Top of High Peak
4:40 $0.99
4. The Goldfield
2:31 $0.99
5. Caboolture Days
3:24 $0.99
6. South to Moreton Bay
3:52 $0.99
7. Back to the Sea Again, Johnny
3:33 $0.99
8. Bullock Teams
1:41 $0.99
9. Ringer
3:05 $0.99
10. Song of the Answering Voices
3:08 $0.99
11. The Long Haul
4:04 $0.99
12. Coming Home
3:09 $0.99
13. Plastic Container of Plonk
3:08 $0.99
14. The Light of the Star
4:04 $0.99
15. The G.S.T. Calypso
3:55 $0.99
16. North Queensland
2:18 $0.99
17. Old Man's Song (feat. Gordon Bok)
4:03 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
PENNY DAVIES vocals, mandolin mandola
ROGER ILOTT vocals, acoustic guitars, banjo, mandolin, pedal steel, Rickenbacker 360/12, keyboards, bass guitar
J.D. ILOTT vocals, Dobro, drums
GORDON BOK vocal, 12 string acoustic guitar (Old Man’s Song)
CAROL ROHL vocal (Old Man’s Song)
WILL RODGERS Celtic harp
SHARON DORO button accordion
JED HUDSON bass guitar, mandolin
TONY ILOTT bass guitar
LEE WILLIAMS bass guitar
Additional backing vocals Teri Welles, Woody & Karen Meltcher, Julie & Duncan McGonigal

Produced, recorded, mixed & mastered by ROGER ILOTT
at Restless Music, Storm King, Queensland, Winter-Spring, 2019.
Tracks recorded between 2001-2019

HEY RAIN! A Song that Keeps on Singing.

We first heard Bill Scott’s song, ‘Hey Rain!’ late one rainy night in 1985 when folksinger Dave de Hugard knocked on the door of our cottage in Balmain, Sydney, and said, “I’ve got to sing you this great song!” Sitting at our kitchen table with his accordion, he sang, “Hey rain, rain comin’ down, on the cane, on the roofs of the town…” as the Sydney rain played percussion on our old corrugated iron roof. We were entranced by the song; it took us to the steamy tropical north in an instant, and Roger immediately heard, in his mind, an arrangement of the song that would make it our own.
So, we recorded ‘Hey Rain!’ a few days later in our backyard studio. It appeared on our third album, ‘Birchgrove Quay’, in 1986 and was picked up by Ian McNamara on his Sunday morning programme, ‘Australia All Over’ on ABC Radio. Since then, it’s travelled the world.
A few months later I was helping to produce a documentary about the 1986 Folklore Conference in Ku-ring-gai, Sydney. One of my tasks was to interview Bill Scott, and when I spotted him at the Conference, I introduced myself, told him we’d been singing his song, and asked him if it was OK. He laughed (Bill laughs a lot) and said, “That’s what songs are for!”
In 1987 we moved up to Storm King in Queensland. Bill was one of our very first visitors. Even before we had a house, Bill used to come up and share a billy of tea, tell us stories and sing us songs around our campfire. Bill and his wife Mavis had recently moved to Warwick – only 40 miles away. Our version of ‘Hey Rain!’ had, by then, appeared on the first (double platinum) ‘Australia All Over’ album and its acceptance and success encouraged Bill to write more songs and to give poems to Roger so that tunes could emerge.
By the end of the 1990’s Bill had written so many wonderful songs and poems that ought to be songs that we decided to make a whole album of his work. Opal Miner – The Songs Of Bill Scott was released in 1999, and has been Restless Music’s most successful album to date. The album featured Where The Cane Fires Burn, which was voted #1 on Australia All Over that year.

Penny Davies,
Storm King, Queensland, August 2002
(From the introduction to Hey Rain –The Bill Scott Songbook, published by Restless Music, 2002)

BILL SCOTT – A Legacy of Words & Music

BILL SCOTT wrote and sang and laughed his way into the hearts of people all over Australia. From our initial meeting onwards, Penny and I, and our son, Jordan, forged a deep and fruitful friendship with Bill and his wife, Mavis. Over many years, I had the wonderful experience of co-writing many songs with Bill.
Bill wrote such Australian folk classics as “Hey Rain!” and “Where the Cane Fires Burn”. He made a lasting contribution to Australian culture, devoting much of his life to folklore and folk music. He also wrote novels, short stories, verse, biographies, magazine articles, anthologies and songs. His poetry and short stories have been widely anthologised.
Bill was born in Bundaberg in 1923. He grew up in the Queensland bush, left school at 14, and at 18, joined the Navy, serving in the Pacific and New Guinea during World War II. He subsequently fossicked for gold, and worked as a canecutter, seaman and as a fireman on the cane trains. Bill then became a bookseller, and editor and publisher with Jacaranda Press, before devoting his time to full-time writing at age 54.
In the 1950’s, with Stan Arthur and Gary Tooth, Bill formed the Moreton Bay Bushwhackers, and as a founding member of the Queensland Folk Federation, was instrumental in setting up the Folk Centre in Brisbane.
In the 1960’s and ‘70’s Bill started writing the occasional song. When Penny & I recorded ‘Hey Rain!’ in 1986, it was picked up by Ian McNamara on his Sunday morning programme, ‘Australia All Over’ on ABC Radio.
“When I first heard “Hey Rain!” in 1986, I was trying to come to grips with producing an Australian radio programme. The light bulb went on. That’s it, I said to myself, that’s the sort of song that will help to make a successful programme” (Ian McNamara).
Bill’s songs made a real connection with people all over the world. “(Bill Scott) is drawing from a deep well, and is a deep well himself.” (Gordon Bok, folksinger, Maine, U.S.A.)
Bill Scott was awarded an O.A.M. in 1992 for his services to folklore and Australian literature. A collection of his songs, “Opal Miner – The Songs of Bill Scott”, was released in 1999, and a film by his son, Harry Scott, “Hey Rain – What Good Is Your Life If It Isn’t A Song?” was produced in 2000. “Hey Rain - The Bill Scott Songbook” was published by Restless Music in 2002, and by Timberhead Music in the U.S.A. in 2003.
“The greatest thing about Bill’s song is that it is not yet over. We may have had the last verse, but there are many choruses to come. Bill’s books and songs and poems are off travelling the world. And while they are remembered and sung and recited and enjoyed, Bill’s song continues.” (Harry Scott)
May his songs be sung – after all, “that’s what songs are for!”

Storm King, Queensland



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