These sources provide access to valuable material related to the aims of Bush Traditions.

The National Library of Australia TROVE
A wealth of music from the Collections of the National Library of Australia.

Australian Folk Music
A site featuring music favoured by the VFMC for dances and events. It is managed by Richard Ayling.

Australian Folk Music and Australian Folk Singers and Musicians
A brilliant blog site that focuses on Australian folk music, Australian bush ballads and/or Australian folk musicians. There are numerous dowloads of no longer available records and CDs including many of the classic recordings.


Sally Sloane
This is Ian Hayden's project to make the songs and tunes of Sally Sloane accessible. He has transcribed many of them and has links to the recordings in the Trove collection. This is an excellent resource and a credit to Ian.


An interesting project to publish on a blog a new song every day for a year by John Thomson. And the beat goes on. John has taken down the recordings which is a pity but the song texts and their background notes remain.


The websites of Mark Gregory are a great source for songs.


Verandah Music

The songs behind the stories - the stories behind the songs

In 2003 Graham Seal and Rob Willis published Verandah Music: Roots of Australian Tradition. With contributions from dozens of leading collectors and researchers, the illustrated book and its accompanying 2 CDs was hailed as a major contribution to understanding and appreciating Australia’s rich heritage of traditional music, dance and song. This blog provides some background to the publication. It appears to not be currently developed.


Australian Folklore Network

The Network aims to bring together in a national coalition the organisations, associations and individuals involved with the collection, research, archiving, dissemination, teaching and performance of Australian folklore, in all its varieties. It coordinates the annual Folklore Conference hosted by the National Library of Australia on the Thursday before the National Folk Festival.

Real Folk

Real Folk was written by John Meredith and published by the National Library of Australia in 1995. It gives a background story to many of the folk from whom Meredith collected the material for his Folk Songs of Australia volumes. The portraits of the musicians and the full text of the book are available for viewing.