Graeme David Smith

30 McCracken Ave,


Victoria, AUSTRALIA 4

Telephone: +(61) (0)3 94810288


Books and Articles

"John Cage's `Roaratorio': The Uses of Confusion" Contact. A Journal of Contemporary Music 27. (1983) pp 43-5

"Making Folk Music" Meanjin 4/44(1985) pp 477-90. Republished in Jenny Lee, Phillip Mead and Gerald Murnane (eds), The Temperament of Generations: Fifty Years of Meanjin, Melbourne University Press, 1990

"Irish Music in Melbourne" in Tradition and Transition: Music of Four Communities, The Boite, Melbourne, 1986

"Folklore, Fakelore and Folkloric" in Ron Edwards (ed) Proceedings of the 3rd National Folklore Conference Australian Folk Trust, Canberra, 1988

"My Love is in America: Migration and Irish Music" in Patrick O'Sullivan (ed) The Creative Migrant (The Irish World Wide Vol 3) Leicester University Press, Leicester, 1994 pp 221-237.

"Irish Music in Melbourne, 1950-1980" in Phillip Bull (ed) Papers from the Sixth Irish-Australian Conference, 1990. Department of History, Latrobe University, Bundoora, 1992. pp 217-227.

Australian Popular Music (School text with accompanying cassette) Australian Music Centre, Sydney, 1991

"Irish meets Folk: The Genesis of the Bush Band" in Margaret Kartomi and Stephen Blum (eds), Music-Cultures in Contact: Convergences and Collisions Currency Press, Brisbane and Gordon & Breach, USA, 1994. pp 186-203.

"Folklore and Popular Culture" in Oxford Companion to Australian Folklore Gwenda Davey and Graham Seal (eds) Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 1993, pp 327-334.

"The Country Voice" Arena Magazine 1 (1992), pp 38-40

"Australian Country Music and the hillbilly yodel" Popular Music vol 13 no 1, 1994, pp 297-312.

"A.L.Lloyd and Australian Folk Revival Singing Style"  Australian Folklore Society Journal No 34, Dec 1996, pp 747-752.

reissued at simply australian

"Folk Music" in Warren Bebbington (ed) The Oxford Companion to Australian Music Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 1997, pp 220-224

"Irish Music" in Warren Bebbington (ed) The Oxford Companion to Australian Music Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 1997 pp 299-300

"Modern-style Irish Accordion Playing: History, Biography and Class" Ethnomusicology Vol 41. No 3, Fall 1997, pp 433-463

"WOMADELAIDE 97" Arena Journal No 8, 1997, pp 17-22

- with Karl Neuenfeldt "Romancing the Drone: The Contemporary Didjeridu in Victoria"Overland May 1998, pp 52-8.

In Companion to Music and Dance in Australia Currency Press, Sydney, (1999) several entries:

"The Australian Folk Movement" (4500 words), "Australian Country Music"(4500 words), "Bush Band"(600 words), Yodelling(600 words).

"Popular Music" in Australia: Exploring the Musical Landscape ed Caitlin Rowley, Australian Music Centre, 1998, pp 28-35

"Australia" in The Companion to Irish Traditional Music, ed Fintan Vallely, Cork University Press, Cork, 1999. pp 11-13.

“Celtic Australia: Bush Bands, Irish Music and the Nation” Perfect Beat vol 5 no 2, 2001, pp 3-18

"Australia: Traditional Music: III Popular Immigrant Musics" in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2nd Edition) ed Stanley Sadie and John Tyrell, Macmillan, London , 2001. vol 2, pp 219-222.

“Accordion” and “Concertina” in John Shepherd et al (eds) Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World , Continuum, New York, 2003, vol 2. pp 195-6, 298-9.

“Bush Band”, “Country Music”, “Folk-music revival”, “Irish Traditions” and “Yodelling”, in Aline Scott-Maxwell and John Whiteoak (eds) The Currency Companion to Music and Dance in Australia , Currency Press, Sydney. 2003 pp. 100-1, 195-197, 286-9, 364-66, 685

“Celtic Australia; Bush Bands, Irish Music, Folk Music and the New Nationalism” in Celtic Modern: Music at the Global Fringe eds Martin Stokes and Phillip V. Bohlman, Scarecrow Press, Lanham, 2003, pp. 73-92.

“Yodelling and vocal breaks in Country Music” in Roots and Crossovers: Australian Country Music vol 2 ,  eds Philip Hayward and Geoff Walden, AICM Press, Gympie, 2004. pp 1-12.

“Ted Egan: Bringing it Home” inMarket and Margins: Australian Country Music vol 3 ,  eds Mark Evans and Geoff Walden, AICM Press, Gympie, 2005. pp 180-202.

"My Love is in America : Migration and Irish Music" Re-published in Simon Frith (ed) Popular music : Critical concepts in media and cultural studies, Routledge , London , 2004

Singing Australia : A History of Folk and Country Music , Pluto Press, Melbourne , 2005.

“Community and Nation in Folk, Country and Multicultural Music in Australia” in Ian Collinson and Mark Evans (eds) Sounds and Selves IASPM Australia/New Zealand Conference, Wellington, IASPM , Australia New Zealand Branch and Perfect Beat Publications, Sydney, 2007 pp 25-30

“Playing with Policy: Music, multiculturalism and the Boite” [Paper in special issue: Music, Migration and Multiculturalism. Dreyfus, Kay and Crotty, Joel (eds).] Victorian Historical Journal, v.78, no.2, Nov 2007: 152-169.

“Folk Music: Movements, scenes and styles” in Shane Homan and Tony Mitchell (eds) Sounds of Then, Sounds of Now: Popular Music in Australia, ACYS Publishing, Hobart, 2008 pp 151-66

“Irish Button Accordion: From press and draw and back again” The World of Music, v. 50 no 3 (2008), pp 15-36

“Public Multicultural Music and the Australian State” Music and Politics, vol3, no2, 2009 ,

“Popular Music Studies in Australia: socio-musical activism and institutionalization” in Shane Homan, Graeme Smith and Jennifer Cattermole Instruments of Change , International Association for the Study of Popular Music Conference, Monash University, Melbourne, 2011, pp 125-130  TEXT OF ARTICLE

 “Singers and Songwriters in Australian Country Music” Musicology Australia v33 n2, 2011, pp 213-22

“The Gendered Voice of  Australian Country Music “  Context n35/36, 2010/2011, pp 27-38

"Australian Folk Music from Kitchen to Concert" in Graham Seal and Jennifer Gall (eds)  Antipodean Traditions: Australian Folklore in the 21st Century , Black Swan Press, Perth, 2011, pp 274-288

“Music , Celticity and National Identity in Australia” in Elizabeth Malcolm, Phillip Bull and Frances Devlin-Glass (eds) Ireland Down Under: Melbourne Irish Studies Seminars 2001-2010, Melbourne University Custom Book Centre, Melbourne, 2012, pp 117


Reviews and Comments

Comment on Jill Stubington "Preservation and Conservation of Australian Traditional Musics: an Environmental Strategy" Musicology Australia 10(1987) pp 13-14

Review of John Meredith, Roger Covell and Patricia Brown Folk Songs of Australia and the Men and Women who Sang Them Vol 2 , (University of NSW Press, Sydney, 1987). Musicology Australia 10(1987) pp 76-8.

"Public Not Admitted"Age Monthly Review, October 1988

Review of Graham Seal The Hidden Culture: Folklore in Australian Society (Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 1989) Arena 89 pp 158-61 (1989)

"Rock and Musical Meaning." Review of John Shepherd, Music as Social Text (Polity Press, Cambridge, 1991) and Peter Wicke, Rock Music: Culture, Aesthetics and Sociology (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1990) Arena 95 pp 162-6 (1991)

"The Other Side of the Country" (On Ted Egan) Arena Magazine 15 (1994), pp 51-52

Review of John Meredith Breaker's Mate: Will Ogilvie in Australia ( Kangaroo Press, Kenthurst, 1996) Folklife News Vol 1, No 3, Feb/Mar 1997, pp 15-17.

Review of Annie E. Proulx Accordion Crimes , Fourth Estate, London, 1996 Arena Magazine NO 27, Feb-Mar 1997, pp 48-50. Republished/prepublished in Australian Humanities Review ( Oct 1996

Review of Ronald D. Cohen "Wasn't that a time!" Firsthand accounts of the Folk Music Revival, Robert Cantwell Ethnomimesis. Folklife and the Representation of Culture and Dave Laing and Richard Newman Thirty Years of the Cambridge Folk Festival  Popular Music Vol 16 No 1 (Jan 1997) pp 127-3

 Review of Xenos New Moves (XM 3335) Folklife News Vol 4 No 1, February/March 1998, pp 11-12

“Aboriginal Country” Review of Clinton Walker, Buried Country: The Story of Aboriginal Country Music (Annandale, NSW: Pluto Press, 2000) Centre for Studies in Australian Music Review 12,  December 2000

 Review of Ron Eyerman and Andrew Jamison, Music and Social Movements: Mobilizing Traditions in the Twentieth Century

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998, Context 17, Winter 1999, pp 82-4 

“What good is a song?”  CD Review of Stand up and Shout (Rouseabout Records RRR43) and Turning the Tide: Voices for a living planet (UM records TTT001)  Arena Magazine 91 2007 available online at Arena Magazine

 “Listening to the North” Review of David Bridie Succumb and Fred Smith Bagarap Empires. Arena Magazine 96, 2008, pp 51-2

"Country: Global and Local" Arena Magazine  101, 2009, pp 51-3.


"Social Meanings of Style in Irish Traditional Dance Music" Postgraduate Student Conference, Musicological Society of Australia, Melbourne, 5-6 May 1984.

Convener of panel session "Strategies of Preservation", 1st National Folklore Conference, Melbourne, 23-5 Nov, 1984

"The Social Construction of Australian Folk Music" ANZAAS Festival of Science, Monash University, 26-30 Sept 1985.

Convener of Popular Music session, Symposium of International Musicological Association, Melbourne, 28 Aug-2 Sept 1988.

"Folklore, Fakelore and Folkloric" 3rd National Folklore Conference, Canberra, 26-27 Nov 1988.

"Irish Music in Melbourne" 6th Irish-Australian Conference, Latrobe University, 2-6 July 1990

"Perfection and Proletarian Music" Musicological Society of Australia, Melbourne, 22 May 1991

"The Bush Band: An Urban Music Genre" 15th National Conference of the Musicological Society of Australia, Sydney, 7-11 Oct 1992.

"The Bush Band as Public Folk Music" 5th National Folklife Conference, Melbourne, 6-8 Nov 1992

"Folk, Country and Multicultural: Music genres and nationalist discourse" 33rd World Conference of the International Council for Traditional Music, Canberra, 5-11 Jan 1995

"Australian Country Music: the voice in the landscape" Australian Frontiers Conference, Longreach, 18-22 April 1995

"Ted Egan: the voice in the middle" 3rd annual conference IASPM Australia/ New Zealand, Melbourne 23-24 June 1995

Folk, Country, Multicultural and Aboriginal: Popular music genres bidding for the national myth, Australian Identities Conference, University College Dublin, 3-6 July 1996.

Music, Community and Nation: Country, Folk, Multicultural, Aboriginal Everyday Wonders: Popular Culture: Past Present and Future Conference, The University of Queensland, June 9-13 1997

"Locals and Cosmopolitans in Australian Popular Music: The cases of Country and World Music." Invited paper at conference: The Cultural Consequences of Globalisation: The Case of Music. Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, 4-6 Feb 1998

"Australian Country Contends for the National Myth" Conference IASPM, UK. Institute of Popular Music, University of Liverpool, Sept 11-13, 1998,

"Folk and Country Music Festivals in Australia", Robert Shelton Conference, Institute of Popular Music, Liverpool, May 1 1999 available at

"Celtic Music: Global Imaginary and Anglo-Australian Ethnicity" Musical Visions, University of Adelaide, June 25-28, 1998.

"Celtic Australia: Bush Bands, Irish Music and the Nation"; Musicology 2001, University of Melbourne, April 18-23 2001

“Yodelling and vocal breaks in Country Music” AICM Conference, Gympie, 29-31 August, 2003

“Ted Egan: Bringing it Home” AICM Conference, AICM Conference Gympie, 28-29 August 2004

"Australian Country Music Finds Its Voice" at Making Music, Making Meaning 13th biennial conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, Rome, July 25-30 2005

"Singing Australian: A new history of Australian Folk music" 6th National Folk Alliance Convention, 2-4 September 2005,National Library of Australia - Canberra

"Singing Australian.." (Voices and Gender in Australian Country Music) Lingua Franca, ABC Radio 10/09/2005 transcript of program

"Community And Nation in Folk, Country And Multicultural Music In Australia" IASPM Australia/NZ conference December 2005

"From the Bush to the World: National narratives in the Australian Folk Movement" Australian Historical Association 2006 Biennial Conference at the Australian National University July 3-7. 2005

“Cosmopolitan Celts: Didjeridus, Irish Music and Celticity” at conference  “Us and Them: perceptions, depictions and descriptions of Celts” Department of History, The University of Melbourne 24-26 August 2006

 “The Voice of the Land in Australian Country Music.” Society for Ethnomusicology Conference, Honolulu, Nov 2006

"Dialect, covert prestige and gender in Australian country music" Linguistics of Song Workshop, Latrobe University 25 Sept 2006

From ethnics to cosmopolitans in Australian world music”  Music Society and Culture Conference, Monash University

March 6-8 2008

“Multicultural music and cultural mainstream: Making the difference”, IASPM Australia/NZ conference November 28-9, 2008, Griffith Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University, Brisbane

“Multicultural music and culturespeak” MSA conference/TASA conference joint session, 4 Dec 2008, University of Melbourne

“Popular Music Studies in Australia: socio-musical activism and institutionalization”, IASPM Aus-NZ conference, Melbourne Nov 2010

Music policy interventions for cosmopolitanism: Australian multicultural and diversity policies and musical outcomes, Policy Notes: Popular Music, Industry and the State, Melbourne, 18-20 June 2012