The Phil Garland songbook
The Phil Garland songbook is now available after four years in the making. It features lyrics, music and chords to over 50 songs culled from four of Phil's most recent albums.
YouTube Video Clips
Performing "Yorky's Run" at "Bards, Ballads n Bulldust", Ancient Briton Hotel in Naseby, Central Otago.
Performing "Down a Country Road I Know" at "Bards, Ballads n Bulldust", Naseby, Central Otago.
Reciting part of "Mason's Bar" at "Bards, Ballads n Bulldust", Naseby, Central Otago.
Billycan Ballads is a musical tribute to the Kiwi poetry of the late Joe Charles, featuring works from his books Black Billy Tea and Blackberry Pie set to music by Phil.
Song list: Boys of the Track, Black Billy Blues,To The Tall Ships, It's Grand to be a Soldier, The Old Windwhistle Pub, Smoko, Somebody's Darling, The Lost Bullock Team, Ballad of Davie Gunn, The Black Stump, Mackenzie and his Dog, Ballad of the Kiwi, Wool Away Jack, The Parson and the Bullocks, Queensland Harry, The Kokatahi Band, Black Billy Tea
Sample: To The Tall Ships - in MP3 format
Damper, Duff & Doughboys
Damper, Duff & Doughboys is a themed collections of songs rooted in New Zealand's rural heartland and preserves the legacy and ethos of those early colonial days, when the universal catchphrase of "The land beyond the cities is where the real New Zealand lies" was quite real and commonplace. The album offers a window into a pastoral way of life long since superseded by modern working conditions, modes of travel and mass media communication.
Song list: On The Wallaby Again, Scrapin' Gum, While The Billy Boils, Rose of Red Conroy, The Bold & Saucy China, A Hundred Years Ago, The Old Gumdigger's Bar / The Nikau Waltz, King Of The Bullock Drivers, Strongman Mine Disaster, Down On My Luck, Bert Pither's Dream, Champion Of All, Ballad Of The Kiwi, My Droving Days Are Over, Farewell To The Gold, The Charleston Drum.
Sample Rose of Red Conroy - in MP3 format
A hundred Years Ago- in MP3 format
The Amuri district celebrated 100 years centenary of farm settlement in 2008 for which Phil recorded a mini CD of 2 songs - Culverden My Home Again & Ballad of the Amuri.
Faces in the Firelight
It's not widely known but New Zealand has a rich store of song, folklore, poetry, stories and yarns crying out to be told or sung.
Drawing heavily on Phil's field collecting research and New Zealand Folklore society archives, his new book Faces in the Firelight presents a swag of songs about sealers, whalers, pioneers, goldminers, drifters, rogues & scoundrels, shearers, bushmen, gumdiggers, hard drinkers and moonshiners in company with a colourful collection of backblocks verse, tall stories, toasts and ditties.
There are so many gems lurking within to ensure you'll never be stuck for a song or story again.
Tui award winning folk album of 2007.
Southland is New Zealand's southernmost province and home to a rich and colourful past, which is celebrated here through previously unchartered verse and song. This album was commissioned by Creative Southland to provide a musical soundtrack for those visitors, who will ultimately explore the Southern Odyssey Arts and Heritage Trails. The project provided Phil the opportunity to creatively explore some of the lesser known aspects of the province's folklore and colonial past, which he has cleverly woven into a themed collection of traditional song, verse and original composition .
Song list: The Foggy Foggy Banks, Ballad of James Mackenzie, The Swag & the Shiner, Becalmed at the Bluff, The Drover's Song, The Hokonui Hills, Leaving Port Craig, Bring 'em On, The Kingston Flyer, Waikaia is my Station, Ballad of Davie Gunn, Ballad of Minnie Dean, The Tararua Acre, At the Mataura, McShane's Chained Lightning.
James MacKenzie - in MP3 format
James MacKenzie - in WMA format
Sample Bring 'em On - in MP3 format
Bring 'em On- in WMA format
No Place Like Home
It wasn't until a thousand or
so years ago that New Zealand (Aotearoa) was first settled by human beings
- Maori from Polynesia.
In the 19th century successive waves of Europeans arrived. Now in the
21st century, an increasingly diverse group of "Kiwis"
have a heightened sense of pride and
place. To them, New Zealand really offers "No Place Like Home".
Song list: Bright New Day, No Place Like Home, The Big Smoke,
Woolaway, The Moonlight Trail, At the Mataura, The Boys in the Band,
Ballad of Davie Gunn, When the Rainbird
Sings in the Tea-Tree, When the Country's Wet, The Tararua Acre, Winds
of Change, And When They Dance, Time To Say Goodbye, One of the Blokes.
Total duration 56:58 DDD
No Place Like Home - in MP3 format
No Place Like Home - in WMA format
Sample Bright New
Day - in MP3 format
Bright New Day - in WMA format
The legacy of our Pilgrims and
Early Settlers is clearly demonstrated in this varied collection
of songs celebrating 150 years of Canterbury Settlement.
The old adage that "you must first understand the past before
you can plan for the future" is well represented by Swag 'o
Dreams. The songs cover such varied subjects as immigration, the
legend of McKenzie, shearing, farming, swaggers, West Canterbury
goldfields, Cobb & Co coaches, gambling, railways, protests,
and woolshed dancing. Phil hopes the album will go some way towards
generating an understanding of the rich legacy created as a result
of the foresight and great tenacity of Canterbury's early settlers.
Song list: Shores of Lyttelton, The Jewel of Whakaraupo, Age
of Grace, Southward Bound, I'm a Young Man, Ballad of the Rakaia, McKenzie's
Ghost, Canterbury Jigs (Canterbury Jig/Glenmore Jig/Shiner's Fancy),
The Shearing's Coming Round; Cheer, Boys, Cheer; White's Hotel, Come
in Spinner, The Stable Lad, Farewell to Geraldine, Black Billy Blues,
Cannonball/Kelly's Jigger, Beneath the Tussock.
Total duration 63:58 DDD
Age of Grace - in MP3 format
Sense of Place
Phil writes: "Standing alone at
the bottom of the world, New Zealand's geographical isolation has always
been an important factor shaping and defining our national identity -
especially during the colonial years when difficult ocean travel was the
only means of contact with other nations. It is probably best epitomised
by the resilience of our early settlers as they faced countless hardships
and adversities presented by the challenge of a wild rugged untamed landscape.
Of necessity they had to become self-sufficient in order to survive."
This celebration of New Zealand's culture and heritage was released in
Song list: Take a Little Walk, A Sense of Place, Pelorus Jack,
Walking Off the Land, Gabriels' Gold, Proud to be a Kiwi, Hands
Across the Sea, The Roving Breeze, When I was a Young Man, Footsteps of
the Miners, The Good Old Way-Shiner's Fancy, Old Jimmy Possum, The Gift
of Life, Hokonui Whisky, So Long Mate.
Total duration 59:47 DDD
Proud to be a Kiwi - in MP3 format
Proud to be a Kiwi - in WMA format
the Southern Cross
This compilation of New
Zealand and Australian songs was gathered from previous albums recorded
over the last twenty years and is dedicated to the memory of our early
settlers and pioneers. Life in isolation was an all too familiar scenario,
enforcing self reliance and resourcefulness - traits that can still be
seen today. With today's ever increasing awareness of national identity,
it's most timely to find such qualities featured in this collection of
songs drawn from New Zealand's rich musical heritage.
Song List: The Old Station Gate, Kawerau Gold, New Zealand Whales, Davy Lowston, In the Morning, John Smith, Concertina Joe/Glenmore
Jig, Limejuice Tub/Paddy on the Railway, Last Drop of Whisky, Wind in
the Tussock, Mason's Pub, Wool Commandeer, Five Miles from Gundagai, Packing
My Things, Boys of the Track, The Flash Stockman, The Dying Bushman, Farewell
to Geraldine, Old Station Days.
Total duration 60:13 AAD
Davy Lowston - in MP3 format
Sample Davy Lowston -
in WMA format
Singing Kiwi (Songbook)
Phil Garland has been a dedicated seeker of New Zealand's story in yarns, verse, song and dance for over thirty years. He has travelled widely,
researching and interviewing people with a view to collecting and preserving
New Zealand's rich but unsung folk heritage. Phil has won numerous awards
during a lifetime of performing, educating and entertaining and this book
highlights the majority of his work over the years.
Song List: At the Mataura, Ballad of Captain Cook, Ballad of Stan
Graham, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Death Song of the Huntly Miners, Greenstone
Billy, Hillsides of Bendigo, Gabriel's Gold, Molesworth, Old Jimmy Possum,
Pelorus Jack, Rose of Red Conroy, Shantyman, Tangiwai Disaster, While
the Billy Boils and many more.
Are You Mate?
These are the songs
of the real New Zealand depicting our cultural evolution in verse and
song through the emotions and feelings of ordinary people. They are a
part of oral history, reflecting human attitudes and responses to the
daily events of Kiwi life. All of the songs have been either collected or adapted by Phil for inclusion on this album, which was intended to help commemorate New Zealand's sesquicentennial in 1990.
Song List: How Are You Mate?, Boys of the Track, Homeless Drifter,
When the Tui Calls, A New Chum Out From England, In the Morning, Wheels
of Arrow, The Old Forty-Niner, KB Cannonball, The Latter End of Spring,
Gone to Maoriland, Life of the High Country Shepherd, The Star Hotel,
The Old Mud Hut, Full and Plenty, The Dying Bushman, No Regrets, Better Prospects, The Shepherd's Dream.
The Star Hotel - in MP3 format
Sample The Star Hotel - in WMA format
in the Tussock
Nothing stirs the imagination like the New Zealand High Country, with
a rugged character and dramatic beauty which has inspired countless artists,
poets, musicians and photographers. This is the domain of the large station
runs, their terrain and traditional lifestyle often dominated by slopes
of waving tussock. This work is a tribute to those areas whose culture
is entrenched in the consciousness of New Zealanders.
Song List: Wind in the Tussock, Yorky's Run, The Final Track,
The Old Station Gate, Shantyman, Farewell to New Zealand, Greenstone Billy,
Mother Nature's Children, Off to the Diggings, Hillsides of Bendigo, Faded Pictures, The Last Drop of Whisky, Driftwood.
Wind in the Tussock - in MP3 format
in the Tussock - in WMA format
in the Air
The tough early times of Colonial New Zealand culminated in the 'Hungry
Years' (1879-95) when many people left the country. David McKee-Wright
observed: "The country's lookin' not so bad, the prospect's pretty
fair, But for coves that's out of collar mate, there's hunger in the air."
This work is dedicated to the memory of those early colonists whose contributions
helped to provide us with a rich musical heritage highlighting the exploits
of shearers, gold diggers, whalers and traders in New Zealand.
Song List: Hunger in the Air, John Smith AB, Bright Fine Gold,
A Long Time Ago, Dug-Out in the True, The Digger's Farewell, Come All
You Tonguers, Shanties By the Way, The Shearing's Coming Round, I'm a
Young Man, Davy Lowston, Shore Cry, Man Upon the Track, New Zealand
Whales, Across the Line, Packing My Things, Leatherman.
Man Upon the Track - in MP3 format
Man Upon the Track - in WMA format
Colonial or 'Bush Dancing' as it is called has been with
New Zealand and Australia since the earliest days of settlement and is
alive and well today thanks to the efforts of the Canterbury Bush Orchestra,
led by Phil Garland. Many of these dances are descended from the peasant
dances of Europe and the country dances of the British Isles.
List: Canterbury Swing, Woolshed Ramble, Miss Kathryn's Wheel,
Colonial Threesome, Supper Waltz, Shearer's Jamboree, Jacaranda
Jig, Country Capers, Barbecue Frolic, Charleston Galopede, The
Magpie's Nest, Adieu or Goodnight Waltz, Nor'west Arches,
in the Mountains
New Zealand Folk Album of the Year in 1984. Hills and mountains dominate
the New Zealand landscape and there isn't a New Zealander living in either
town or country who hasn't been affected in some way or other by their
very presence. At times they stand remote, sizzling in summer heat and
freezing in winter cold with their bush-clad valleys or barren windswept
slopes. The high country stands aloof, but deeply entrenched in New Zealand's
musical and poetical heritage.
Song List: The Hokonui Hills, Springtime in the Mountains, Scrub
and Blackberry, Mason's Pub/Farewell to Whisky, Ballad of Stan Graham,
Rocking the Cradle, Black Billy Tea, Kawarau Gold, Down in the
Brunner Mine, The End of the Earth, Long and Friendly Road, Concertina
Joe/Glenmore Jig, Hills of Coromandel, Farewell to Geraldine.
Kawarau Gold - in MP3 format
Kawarau Gold - in WMA format
Performed by Phil with the Canterbury Bush Orchestra. Much of the music
featured on this album refers to a time in our history when the divisions
between country and city life were not as great as they are today.
Song List: Colonial Barn Dance, She'll be Right, Country Pub, Susie's
Delight, The Springtime-It Brings on the Shearing, The White Cockade/Doc
Boyd's Jig/Durham Rangers, Charley Mopps/One Hundred Pipers, Don't Blame
the Wealthy Squatter, All For Me Grog, Welcome to Erin, The Overlander,
Brown and Empty Bottle-O, Sandy Grant/Angus Campbell, Rights of Man/Ballad
of Ned Kelly, Bushman's Fancy.
Old Station Days
Performed by the Canterbury Crutchings Bush & Ceilidh Band presenting
songs and instrumentals from Australia and New Zealand. This album captures
the spirit of woolshed and barn dances which were so popular in those
old station days. These events were often the social highlight of the
year and they were open house to everyone regardless of their social standing.
Song List: Bush Band in March Time, The Shores of Botany Bay/Paddy
Clancy's Jig, Five Miles from Gundagai, Retreat and Advance, In Slow March
Time, All Among the Wool, Davy Nick Nack/Soldier's Joy, A Billy of Tea,
Click Go the Shears, The Drunken Piper/Staten Island/Mrs McLeod, The Dark
Island, The Flash Stockman, Chief O'Neill's Favourite/The Boys of Blue
Hill, The Limejuice Tub/Paddy on the Railway, Diddley-Ah.
Originally released in 1975 and recently digitised, this album of Kiwi folk song is notable for featuring the first ever recorded tracks of the hugely popular Canterbury Crutchings Bush & Ceilidh Band along with the first ever recording of The Stable Lad, which has since become one of the most enduring and popular love songs in our folk song heritage. The new release also features some further musical
accompaniments as well as another six songs recorded during the same time frame as the original sessions. Colonial Yesterdays is a must have for anyone truly interested in New Zealand folk song.
Canterbury Jigs - The Day The Pub Burned Down - The Culler's Lament - As The
Black Billy Boils - Song For Captain Cook - Banks Of The Waikato / The Waikato Waltz - Run For Your Life - The New Chum - The Shearing's Coming Round
When The Rainbird Sings In The Tea-Tree - The Dying Bushman - Wool Away Jack
By The Dry Cardrona - Across The Line - Soon May The Wellerman Come - The Stable Lad - Taumarunui - Woolshed Dance Medley.
Sample The Cullers Lament - in MP3 format
Sample Soon May the Wellerman Come - in MP3 format
Down a Country Road
This recording highlights New Zealand's story and the way people have
lived and recorded it in homespun balladry. These songs were collected
from both old timers and younger people that Phil met as he travelled
thousands of miles into the remoter parts of the South Island of New Zealand.
Song List: Wool Commandeer, Down a Country Road I Know, Snowed
In, Dugout in the True, At the Mataura, Tuapeka Gold, Smoko!, Shanties
by the Way, The Old Identity, Fine Bright Gold, Packing My Things, Farewell
to the Grey.