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Unpredictable Music for
Unreliable Times


Telemetry Orchestra
Tracky Dax


Around The Block
Nocturnal Emissions
Silent Soundtracks
Sounds of Silent
This Show Is About People

Rouseabout Records
Keeping it Real


Bondi Cigars
Cathie O'Sullivan
Colin Dryden
Creedence Clearwater Revisited
The Celebrated Knackers & Knockers Band
Donna Fisk and Michael Cristian
Eric Bogle
Fiddlers Feast
Gary Shearston
Gordon Lightfoot
Herb Superb
Johnny Wade
Jim Low
John Munro
Julie Wilson
Koori Classic
Kym Pitman
Marcus Holden
Mic Conway's National Junk Band
Nyalgodi Scotty Martin
Robyn Archer
Roger Knox
Russell Morris
The Newtown Rugby League Football Club Song
Warren Fahey & Luke Webb
Warren Fahey & Max Cullen (DEAD MEN TALKING)


Before the Boomerang Came Back
Down By The Billabong
The World Turned Upside-Down
Forte – Golden Fiddlers
Stand Up & Shout

Yesterday's Australia:

Barbara James
Bob Dyer
Bobby Limb
Buddy Williams
Dame Nellie Melba
Florence Austral
Frank Coughlan
John Brownlee
Johnny Ashcroft
Keith Branch & His South Sea Islanders

Percy Grainger
Reg Lindsay
Shirley Thoms
Smoky Dawson
Strella Wilson
Tex Morton
Tex Morton and Sister Dorrie
Warren Fahey's Diggers

Yesterday's Australia Compilations:

Australian Radio Serials
Australian Hillbilly Radio Hits
Australian Stars of the International Music Hall Voume 1
Australian Stars of the International Music Hall Voume 2
Band in a Waistcoat Pocket
Mastertouch Pianola
Strike up the Band
Stars of Australian Stage & Radio Vol 1
Stars of Australian Stage & Radio Vol 2

Yep! Records
Music Without Compromise


Jenny Morris
Michal Nicholas
The Lovetones
Saints of India
Screw the Pooch

Colin Dryden

COLIN DRYDEN was born in the Northern England steel town of Bradford, Yorkshire, in 1944. He arrived in Australia, aged 21, in 1965. Three weeks later, he appeared on Gary Shearston’s ‘Just Folk’ Seven Network Television show. He became involved in the Sydney Folk Club, a weekly gathering at the Elizabeth Hotel, Sydney, and was a popular singer at Australian festivals and clubs for the next twenty-one years. In many ways, he was a dreamer and a drifter with a wicked smile and a sense of humour. He almost became another person when he mounted the stage to perform, such was the intensity of his singing, playing and interpretation of stories. In the late seventies, Colin lost his way - drifting, drinking, and drug abuse clawed into his life. He returned to Bradford in 1986 and died of an aneurysm shortly after. He was 43 years old. Rouseabout Records is pleased to release two compilations of Colin’s work. One features traditional and original songs, and the second highlights his blues, jazz and gospel repertoire, especially featuring Colin’s brilliant guitar work.

Rouseabout acknowledges Dave Brannigan for preserving these unique live recordings of Colin Dryden.

Thanks also to Warren Barnett and Marcus Holden for working on the popping, clicking and hiccupping live tracks to make them sound much better.

Visit, for the 1965 ‘Just Folk’ television program featuring Colin’s performances. There’s also photographs in the folk revival photograph gallery.

“Catch A Falling Star” & “One Too Many Mornings” are available to stream on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, YouTube, Pandora, Tidal and download on iTunes.

Colin Dryden – Lord Franklin

Colin Dryden – Outskirts of Town

Colin Dryden – The Holy Ground

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Colin Dryden
'Catch A Falling Star'
Catalogue Number RRR125

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CATCH A FALLING STAR is a collection of original and traditional songs, including Colin’s compositions Factory Lad’, ‘Sitha’ and his evocative interpretation of Oscar Wilde’s ‘Ballad of Reading Gaol’. There are also some classic folk songs, including ‘’Scarborough Fair’ and a haunting song about the disappearance of Lord Franklin, ex-Governor of Tasmania, whose expedition disappeared in the Arctic in 1845. One of the standout contemporary songs is Sydney Carter’s ‘Silver in the Stubble’. On the album, Colin plays guitar, fiddle and concertina and is joined on several tracks by Dave Brannigan.


Factory Lad (Colin Dryden). Growing up in the English steel town of Bradford, Colin absorbed the stories and heartbeat of the mill factories. His song, undoubtedly his best-known composition, captures the life-cycle of a life dependent on the steel mill. The song is also known as Turning Steel.

Catch a Falling Star (John Donne/Dryden). Go And Catch A Falling Star, first published in 1633, is a fantastical take on a traditional (and misogynistic) theme: women's supposedly inevitable infidelity. In the poem, a speaker tells a listener that he can look the whole world over, but finding a woman who'll be faithful to him is about as unlikely as finding a mermaid or meeting the devil. Tune by Colin Dryden.

Pitboy (Colin Dryden) is another song composed by Colin from his childhood memories of Bradford.

Silver in the Stubble (Sydney Carter) Sydney Carter, 1915 – 13 March 2004, was an English poet, songwriter, and folk musician born in Camden Town, London. He is best known for the song "Lord of the Dance" (1967). He visited Australia in the 1980s to perform in the Larrikin Folklife Festival concert series.

Sither (Colin Dryden) The northern English region produced a unique vocabulary. ‘Sither’ means ‘look out’ or, literally, ‘I see thee’. It’s a family story.

Rambleaway (Trad) Sometimes called Young Rambleaway or Derry Down Fair, the song was published by several broadside printers and collected in the English West country. The song's hero is something of a rake and the maiden - well, depending on the version, returns home sadder, wiser and sometimes pregnant.

Lassie Wi’ the Yellow Coatie (Trad) a highland Scots song. This is a funny but poignant song. The man courting the "lassie wi' the yellow coatie" not only points out all the advantages he has but also what may happen if a woman waits too long.

Lord Franklin (Trad) is a hauntingly beautiful sad song about the disappearance of Lord Franklin, ex-Governor of Tasmania, whose expedition disappeared in the Arctic in 1845

Banshee/Silver Spear (Trad) Dave Brannigan joins Colin in two tunes that bend and twist.

Farewell, Lovely Nancy (Trad) or “Lovely Nancy” is a traditional ballad collected in 1905 by Cecil Sharp from Mrs. Susan Williams, Somerset (England), where the handsome sailor leaving for the South Seas dissuades his sweetheart who would like to follow him disguising herself as a cabin boy, telling her that working aboard ships is not for females!

Jigs Tobin’s Favourite/Lark in the Morning (Trad) Dave and Colin with another set of tunes.

Ballad of Reading Gaol (Colin Dryden/Colan Campbell) is a poem by Oscar Wilde, written in exile in Berneval-le-Grand after his release from Reading Gaol on 19 May 1897. Wilde had been incarcerated in Reading after being convicted of gross indecency with other men in 1895 and sentenced to two years of hard labour in prison. Colin’s vocal on the song is emotionally charged.

Track Listing:

  1. Catch a Falling Star
  2. Pitboy
  3. Silver in the Stubble
  4. Sitha
  5. Rambleaway
  6. Lassie Wi’ the Yellow Coatie
  7. Scarborough Fair
  8. Lord Franklin
  9. Banshee / Silver Spear
  10. Farewell, Lovely Nancy
  11. Jigs Tobin’s Favourite / Lark in the Morning
  12. Ballad of Reading Gaol

Colin Dryden
'One Too Many Mornings'
Catalogue Number RRR126

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ONE TOO MANY MORNINGS is a collection of blues, rags, gospel and jazz songs - all given the special treatment Colin was renowned for delivering. There are also two songs by Bob Dylan. As a bonus, there is another version of ‘Lord Franklin’. Colin was an exceptionally talented guitar player and his versions of blues and jazz standards are riveting. ‘Down by the Riverside’, ‘Candyman’, ‘Dink’s Song’ and ‘St. James Infirmary Blues’ all offer that special ‘live’ magic. Dave Brannigan also appears on several of the tracks.


One Too Many Mornings (Bob Dylan) was released on Dylan’s third studio album The Times They Are a-Changin' in 1964.

Dink’s Song (Trad) "Dink's Song" (sometimes known as "Fare Thee Well") is an American folk song played by many folk revival musicians such as Pete Seeger, Fred Neil, Bob Dylan and Dave Van Ronk, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, and Cisco Houston as well as more recent musicians like Jeff Buckley. The song tells the story of a woman deserted by her lover when she needs him the most.

Blues Run the Game (Jackson C Frank) One of the iconic American folk songs of the 1960s. The song was originally written and recorded by singer-songwriter Jackson C. Frank in 1965. The melancholic melody of the song perfectly captures the essence of sadness and despair, which is reflected in the lyrics of the song.

Blues (Trad) One of those blues tunes that made themselves!

Candyman (Trad) is a song of blatant sexual innuendo. Usually attributed to Mississippi John Hurt, who first recorded this song on December 28, 1928; it was one of 12 songs he did with Okeh Records. He was working as a farmer, and when the records didn't sell well, he just returned to farming.

Georgia on My Mind (Carmichael/Gorrell) "Georgia on My Mind" is a 1930 song written by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell and first recorded that same year by Hoagy Carmichael. It has been asserted that Hoagy Carmichael wrote the song about his sister, Georgia. But Carmichael wrote in his second autobiography Sometimes I Wonder that saxophonist Frankie Trumbauer told him he should write a song about the state of Georgia. He jokingly volunteered the first two words, "Georgia, Georgia...", which Carmichael used while working on the song with his roommate, Stuart Gorrell, who wrote the lyrics. Gorrell's name was absent from the copyright, but Carmichael sent him royalty checks anyway.

Glory of Love (Billy Hill) is a song written by Billy Hill and recorded in 1936 by Benny Goodman. Goodman's version was a number-one pop hit. The song has been recorded by many artists. It was the signature theme of the 1967 film Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.

In the Evening (Page, Plant, Jones) was the first song on Led Zeppelin’s 1979 album Through the Out Door.

Keep Your Hands Off Her was probably written by Big Bill Broonzy (June 26, 1903 – August 15, 1958) - a prolific American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist. His career began in the 1920s when he played country blues to mostly black audiences. Through the ‘30s and ‘40s he successfully navigated a transition in style to a more urban blues sound popular with working class Black audiences. In the 1950s a return to his traditional folk-blues roots made him one of the leading figures of the emerging American folk music revival and an international star. His long and varied career marks him as one of the key figures in the development of blues music in the 20th century

Southbound Train (Trad) addresses three important values: liberty, equality, and fraternity. The protagonist wonders if he can uphold these values and bring justice to those suffering. He sees the challenges that people face, like discrimination and fear, and questions if they can be overcome. The song concludes with the idea of everyone being on the same journey, going south, possibly towards a brighter future.

Down By the Riverside (Trad) s an African-American spiritual that dates back before the American Civil War. Songs were a major part of how geographic information was conveyed for the safe travel of slaves to the north during the times of the Underground Railroad.

Old Shanty Town (Schuster/Little) is a popular song written by Ira Schuster and Jack Little with lyrics by Joe Young, published in 1932. Ted Lewis and His Band performed it in the film The Crooner in 1932. His version was released as a single, and it went to #1, where it remained for 10 weeks.

Trouble in Mind (Trad) has been called "one of the enduring anthems of the blues as hope for the future even in the darkest of times”. In many versions, new lyrics are added. However, most usually include the well-known verse:

Trouble in mind, I'm blue
But I won't be blue always
'Cause I know the sun's gonna shine in my back door someday

Turn Your Money Green (Furry Lewis) is an American blues song first recorded in 1928 by the author, Memphis bluesman Furry Lewis. It was a standard for Lewis' performances, and has been recorded by bands in the British rock scene of the 1960s and 1970s, and also by American blues performers.

Silver in the Stubble (Sydney Carter) Sydney Carter, 1915 – 13 March 2004, was an English poet, songwriter, and folk musician born in Camden Town, London. He is best known for the song "Lord of the Dance" (1967). He visited Australia in the 1980s to perform in the Larrikin Folklife Festival concert series.

St. James Infirmary Blues (Trad) is an American blues song and jazz standard of uncertain origin. Louis Armstrong made the song famous in his 1928 recording.

Lord Franklin (Trad) (another version) is a hauntingly beautiful sad song about the disappearance of Lord Franklin, ex-Governor of Tasmania, whose expedition disappeared in the Arctic in 1845.

Track Listing:

  1. One Too Many Mornings
  2. Dink’s Song
  3. Blues Run the Game
  4. Blues (Untitled)
  5. Candyman
  6. Georgia on My Mind
  7. Glory of Love
  8. In the Evening
  9. Keep Your Hands Off Her
  10. Southbound Train
  11. Down By the Riverside
  12. Old Shanty Town
  13. Trouble in Mind
  14. Turn Your Money Green
  15. Silver in the Stubble
  16. St. James Infirmary Blues
  17. Lord Franklin