Silent Recordings
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

John Munro

John Campbell Munro was born in Glasgow and “escaped” to Australia at the age of 18 years. Having had a flirtation with folk music in Scotland, John found the local folk haunts in Australia and was soon immersed in the music. He was a founder member of Country Express in 1969 and later Colcannon (Australia) in 1988, but he is probably best known as Eric Bogle’s “sidekick” for decades.

John toured Australia and the World many times with Eric and toured widely with Colcannon, including the UK.

John sadly died, far too young, in 2018 after a long battle with cancer. All the songs on The Kelly Collection are written by John and recorded by Pete Titchener only a few months before John’s death.


John MunroJohn Munro
The Kelly Collection
Catalogue Number RRR92

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Musicians: John Campbell Munro (vocals, guitar and mandolin); Emma Luker (fiddle and backing vocals); Kathryn Ruby (vocals); Kathie Renner (piano); Eric Bogle (vocals); Pete Titchener (rhythm and lead guitar plus vocals); Paul Callaghan (vocals); Roger Montgomery (monologue); Khristian Mizzi (vocals); Rob McCarthy (tenor banjo); Damien Steele Scott (bass) and Jon Jones (percussion). Kathryn Ruby takes lead vocal on Never Mind, Eric Bogle takes lead vocal on The Trial, while Eric, Paul Callaghan, Pete Titchener and Khristian Mizzi share lead vocals on Stringyback Creek.

“This, more than any other musical project that I have ever been involved in, has been a labour of love, as it has been for most of the musicians and others who so freely, generously and unstintingly gave of their time and talents in the creation of this CD. We crafted this presentation of songs not only as a tribute to the masterful musicianship and songwriting of John Campbell Munro, but also because the songs themselves are fine examples of the songwriter’s art and deserve to be heard. But mostly we made this CD because John was our friend and we loved him…”
(Eric Bogle, May 2019)

Ned Kelly - common criminal or folk hero? Hard to say but what is undeniable: he killed three policemen at Stringyback Creek, he robbed banks at Euroa and Jerilderie, he held hostages, traded in stolen livestock and planned to derail a train carrying police to Glenrowan. And he led his brother Dan and his friends Steve Hart and Joe Byrne on a merry dance that took their lives too soon.

Equally certain is that Ned was born into a family of Irish migrants who had fled religious persecution which harboured rebel attitudes. They were conspicuous in the Australian community and attracted the notice of a police force which was in the main inept, corrupt and brutish. The family and its friends were victimised and abused on a regular basis and so major friction between the clan and the authorities was inevitable.

Read more about Ned Kelly in the extensive sleeve notes accompanying the CD.

The Kelly Collection (RRR92) is available to download on iTunes, stream on Apple Music & Spotify and on CD through MGM Distribution or directly from Undercover Music via mail order.

CD Listing:

  1. The Journey
  2. A Different Kind Of Song
  3. They’ll Be Waiting
  4. Never Mind
  5. Stringybark Creek
  6. The Letter
  7. Aaron Sherritt / The Outlaw
  8. Get Ready
  9. Glenrowan
  10. The Trial
  11. When Tomorrow Comes
Jim LowJohn Munro
The Eureka Suite
Catalogue Number RRR79

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The Eureka Suite is a testament to John Munro’s wonderful musical legacy and life.

By John Munro FEATURING Eric Bogle, John Schumann, John Munro, The Goldrush Band, Kat Kraus, Mike O’Callaghan, Dave Moss

The events leading up to the incident at the Eureka Stockade in December 1854 were to
become pivotal in the development of Australia's identity, matched only by those at Anzac Cove 60 years later.

The discovery of gold a few years earlier had brought prospectors from all over the globe to the area around Ballarat in Victoria. They came from California, from Scotland, Ireland, England, China, Germany, Italy and all points of the compass.

At the same time as these hopeful (but not always skillful) souls were toiling in search of the big strike, on another level great men were trying to create a viable colony for the British Crown. They wanted order, the rule of law, commerce, prosperity and an infrastructure that would support the thousands of people of every age, state of health and attitude towards the law that had, for one purpose, flocked to the goldfields.

These two sets of needs and wants turned out to be totally incompatible and the attempts of the powerful to control and manage the hopeful became more and more brutal and heavy handed.

Leaders emerged as leaders always will and frustration led to violence as it often does. Attempts by sensible men on both sides to ensure freedom, equity, prosperity and order came to nothing because of bad timing, twists of circumstance and momentary lapses of judgment.

The colonial government won because the troops defeated the diggers at the stockade on 3rd December.

The diggers won because the debilitating licences were abolished, the diggers could not be prosecuted because no jury could be found to hear their case in Melbourne, the "Southern Cross" flag still flies, the union movement was born and Australians saw themselves from then on as free citizens with a predisposition for thumbing their collective nose at authority and convention.

Australia won because it's national character began to be formed, societal values became
commonly accepted and a determination to fight in the face of injustice began to be bred in to the Australian psyche. These qualities have been plainly seen on sports fields, on battlefields, in research labs, universities, boardrooms and in political forums across the globe.

The importance of the events leading up to the incident at the Eureka Stockade in 1854 cannot be overstated.

J.C. Munro, 1999


John Schumann and Eric Bogle are recognised for songs that dig deep into the Australian psyche to remind us of our own stories. The two internationally acclaimed songwriters have joined together in ‘The Eureka Suite’, a folk opera composed and produced by Eric Bogle’s long-time musical collaborator, John Munro. It is a timely reminder that the seeds of an Australian Republic were sown at the Eureka Stockade Rebellion 164 year’s ago, and, as Queen Elizabeth comes to the end of her long reign, the Republic draws closer.

The most significant political event in the history of the goldrush era was the Eureka Rebellion, which is now referred to as the Eureka Stockade, where disgruntled miners fought for their cause - with their blood. This rebellion was the result of continued persecution by the authorities and has gone down in Australian history to signify our rebellious and independent spirit as a nation.

The rebellion was the culmination of a series of demonstrations, some as large as 10,000, against the colonial government of Victoria over the issuing of miner’s licenses. Originally devised to stop ‘bolters’ (regular workers ‘bolting’ from their jobs for the goldfields), it soon became evident that colonial revenue was also a major motive. In retrospect, the license issue had been handled badly from the first year of the discoveries when, in August 1851, Lieutenant Governor La Trobe proclaimed Government Gazette crown rights for all mining proceeds, and a licence fee of 30 shillings per month. The miners responded with a demonstration opposing the fee. In December the government announced that it intended to triple the license fee from £1 to £3 a month, from 1 January 1852. The miners were incensed and determined to defy the law. Many started to gather arms. At the same time the law enforcement on the goldfields was stepped up and met by hostility from the miners.

The Eureka Rebellion has been well-documented but suffice to say that at 3 am on 3 December 1854 a small group of miners, around 150, led by Peter Lalor, were camped at the stockade and confronted with a government party of 276 well-armed military and police. The miners were taken by surprise, believing they would not be attacked on the sabbath, and were greatly outnumbered. The actual siege, which lasted little over ten minutes, resulted in 22 deaths.

As they say, ‘the rest is history’ and the effects of Eureka, despite the government’s success, resulted in a victory for the miners. The Eureka Stockade has now entered our mythology as so has their now iconic Southern Cross flag.

The famed American writer Mark Twain visited Australia in 1895 and summed up the siege perfectly ”By and by there was a result, and I think it may be called the finest thing in Australasian history. It was a revolution – small in size; but great politically; it was a strike for liberty, a struggle for principle, a stand against injustice and oppression....It is another instance of a victory won by a lost battle. It adds an honorable page to history; the people know it and are proud of it. They keep green the memory of the men who fell at the Eureka stockade, and Peter Lalor has his monument. “

One of the curious aspects of Australian folk song is that there are no traditional songs that commemorated the event. Although there were none collected all folklorists know this isn’t to say they were not created and circulated. John Munro and his ‘rebellious’ crew have delivered a stirring tribute in The Eureka Suite. It stirringly evokes the spirit of the times and reminds us that music can walk hand-in-hand with history.

Warren Fahey AM
Cultural Historian

It is with great sadness we note that John Munro passed away last month, after a long illness. This release is a testament to his wonderful musical legacy and life. Eric Bogle, John’s longtime musical partner, commented, “John Campbell Munro, my best mate, my soul brother, and my musical partner in crime for nearly 40 years, died at his home in Brisbane, Queensland on Thursday 10th May at around 5am, just as the kookaburras outside raucously joined in the avian dawn chorus welcoming the new day. In his final hours on planet Earth he was surrounded by family and friends who filled the room where he lay with much pride, love, and heartbreak in equal measure.... I am still in shock I think, I feel numb and have not yet fully emotionally admitted to the devastating loss of an exceptional man who became one of the strongest and most enduring pillars that has unfailingly and selflessly propped up both my personal and musical life for the past 40 years ......”

CD Listing:

  1. Waiting
  2. Something'sComing (feat. Eric Bogle)
  3. The Land Belongs To Them (feat. John Schumann)
  4. Loyalty (feat. Kat Kraus)
  5. The Yarrowee
  6. The Gathering (feat. Mike O'Callaghan)
  7. Republic (feat. Eric Bogle)
  8. Bentley's Pub (feat. Dave Moss)
  9. The Queen's Justice (feat. John Schumann)
  10. Bakery Hill (feat. Eric Bogle)
  11. Rebellion (feat. John Schumann)
  12. Spirit of the Land (feat. Kat Kraus)
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What the Media have to Say...

“On 'The Eureka Suite', which Munro composed and produced, he is joined by the always-inspiring Eric Bogle and a host of other luminaries, such as John Schumann.

This excellent collection can be enjoyed as a window into a pivotal historical and cultural event, The Eureka Stockade, and as a glimpse into the republican cause, or you can simply sit back and relish the sheer musicality of the talented performers.

"The Yarrowee", for instance, is a beautiful tune delivered with a light touch and tinged with a gentle melancholy.” (Graham Blackley, Trad&Now)

The passing of John Munro in May was a major blow to Australian acoustic music. As long-time right-hand-man to fellow Scot expat Eric Bogle and a leading figure in local bluegrass circles, the guitar and mandolin whiz was a significant contributor during more than four decades down under. Thus, the re-release of his magnum opus The Eureka Suite, which arguably didn’t get the publicity it deserved when initially launched back in 1999, is richly merited. Apart from illustrating a pivotal mid-19th century event in Australian history, the folk opera underlines Munro’s all-round ability as well as showcasing the high standard of South Australian folk musicianship in general.

Bogle’s dulcet tone sets the scene well in ‘Something’s Coming’ before pushing the case in ‘Republic’ with strong vocal backup. John Schumann of Redgum fame provides the edge and drive required for harder-hitting, rock-oriented songs ‘The Land Belongs To Them’, ‘The Queen’s Justice’ and ‘Rebellion’, which dig deep into the Aussie psyche. Kat Kraus, who sang alongside Munro in Adelaide band Colcannon, brings female perspective to ‘Loyalty’ and leads the ensemble in The Eureka Suite’s rousing finale, ‘Spirit Of The Land’. The quality of Munro’s finely crafted acoustic guitar playing illuminates an outstanding, instrumental, ‘The Yarrowee’. Jazzy piano, screaming saxophone and wailing electric guitar solos embellish in other tracks.
(Tony Hillier, Rhythms Magazine)

First released in 1999, this suite of 12 songs focusing on the events surrounding the Eureka Rebellion, was written by Eric Bogle's long-time guitarist and musical collaborator, the late John Munro. It's a true Australian rarity – a folk concept album – and the re-release is an important contribution to our folk canon. (Bruce Elder, Sydney Morning Herald)