Real Island Roots comprises of a series of CDs sampling traditional music from The Island of Tasmania.
There have been 3 such recordings so far with others planned for future release.
Edie and Paddy Dawson - Apple Shed Dance Days
Traditional Music from The Huon Valley
Nestled in the hills behind North Franklin, in a house built by their father Thomas and brother George, live Edie and Paddy Dawson.
Learning to play button accordions, or windjammers, in the 1930s Edie and Paddy would sit on the wood heap on summer nights and pick up the tunes played by neighbours on Verandas across the Gully.
Their first teacher was their Father, Thomas, a respected musician who was much in demand for the weekly Apple Shed Dances.
They also learned tunes from their mother, from uncles, friends, nuns at the Catholic school and from the various local musicians who played the sets for the shed dances.
- Starry Night For a Ramble, Old 78 Vinyl version, Waltz
- Dad’s Hornpipe, Hornpipe
- Before and After, Waltz
- One Hop Polka Set, Polkas
- Straying on The Moonlight, Waltz
- The Day They cut The Corn, March
- The On Board Waltz, Waltz
- The Cock Of The North, Jig
- Starry Night For a Ramble 2, Waltz
- Kick The Cow, Prince of Wales Schottische
- The Mountain River Schottische, Schottische or Quickstep
- Tops Mc Guire’s Barn Dance, Barn Dance
- Dad’s Waltz, Waltz
- Carry Me Back, Jig
- The Flakey Trot, Polka
- The Mudgee Waltz, Waltz
- The Sword Dance, Reel
- The Honest Irish Lad, March or Schottische
Edie and Paddy are true living treasures. In their memories are preserved hundreds of the elegant, lively and quirky tunes that comprise the tradition of apple shed dance-music. Still playing today at an advanced age Paddy and Edie bring this rich Heritage of Tasmanian dance music to life. This is real folk music played by real folk. Sit on your porch, listen to the tunes and enjoy the scenery.