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Canvassing Ingham arts

Are you an artist? A sketcher? A song writer?

Do you have a traditional Warrgamay, Nywaigi or Bandjin story?

Have you written a poem? Or do have you a tale about Hinchinbrook’s history?

We want to hear from you!

Every Thursday ‘Culture corner’ will canvass a form of local art.

Thanks to Tony Maloney for sharing his poem this week:

The man who made Slim Dusty famous

A world-famous song called ‘The pub with no beer’
Brought belly-ache laughs and made broken men cheer
It was the first hit of an iconic Aussie
Slim Dusty the legend – but then again was he
The man who despaired as he sat in the pub
And strung-out the lyrics while munching his grub
Back in ’43 when he asked for a beer
To be told: ‘There’s none left – for the Yanks have been here’

That man was Dan Sheahan – a bush ballad poet
For years those who sang to that tune didn’t know it
Because Gordon Parsons claimed it as his own
Not ‘til 89 did that fact become known
Slim Dusty got famous and Parsons got riches
Sod all for the man who first had folk in stitches
But that was just one of his lyrical prose
That laugh at man’s follies and lament our woes

There’s ‘Venables’ Cat’ and the ‘Bull with no balls’
Slim Dusty – he could have had hits with them all
So let’s raise a glass – although Parsons was shameless –
And drink to the man who made Slim Dusty famous.

By Tony Maloney.

Here is Tony’s story:

‘I’ve only been here a short while, but I have been blown away by the beauty of the Abergowrie valley – and the genius of the great poet Dan Sheahan, who wrote the original ‘Pub with no beer’. So much so that, I have started writing. This poem is a gift to the Sheahan family. It is this valley and the poet’s lyrics that have inspired me. Without them, I would never have strung two words together. How blessed I feel to be living here, and to be connecting with my natural surroundings – and the history of this area – through the words of the great bush balladist, ‘Pop’ Dan Sheahan.’

Thanks Tony. There’s only one pub with no beer!

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