8th Annual JD Memorial Get Together

Once again, due to COVID-19 restrictions, our annual John Dengate Memorial Get Together went VIRTUAL. Thank you to everyone who tuned in, shared a song, poem or story and joined the fun. I am so happy we got to SEE and HEAR each other.

A few fun stats:

  • the ZOOM session went for 3 hours
  • we had more than 40 performers sing or share a poem
  • 81 attendees joined the fun
  • more than half of the attendees stayed for the entire 200-some minutes

Here is a thank you from Dale:

Dale, Lachlan, Sean and Family were amazed and delighted that so many gave generously of their time and talents to share time recalling  John’s songs, verse and sentiments. In spite of the technology which gave us a virtual link but was not as clear as when we could all get together, it was still a special afternoon thanks to Leyne and Max Elbourne. It is so good to hear so many who continue the traditions of Australia and political satire. Stay safe and hope we can meet, one way or the other, in a year’s time.


Missed the event?
You can now watch the full video of the ZOOM on YouTube via this link: https://youtu.be/mgmTptk2Rt8

Thanks again to Sandra Nixon from the Bush Music Club who put together some screenshots and notes from the event, check out the blog here: https://blog.bushmusic.org.au/2021/08/screenshots-from-8th-john-dengate.html#gsc.tab=0


See below links to some of the songs and poems shared during the ZOOM. The list of pre-booked performers, songs and poems is here:

Videos shared during the ZOOM

John Tubridy’s ‘The Banking Royal Commission Song’
winner of the 2019 Illawarra Folk Festival’s ‘Dale and John Dengate Parody Award’
– video: https://youtu.be/0d647M6aAQY

Lachlan Dengate’s ‘Song for Tilly’
– video: https://youtu.be/ySQPIpx7EmA

Lyrics for original songs & poems performed live during the ZOOM

Dale Dengate’s ‘Schomo Scares Me This I Know’
– lyrics: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XP3FMOxKXftLrUJ2NE5xzS-th6D3Dkls

Dale Dengate’s ‘A Parody Mug Mystery’
– lyrics: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ILctOexQn9RhKt4Zst9m5cdWrOaBdcmJ

Neil Rowsell’s ‘The Covid Cruise’
parody based on Barry Skipsey’s original ‘Ocean Liner’
– lyrics: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1U0TPO8LaneqImfIPmvJfIdUGXkCfyeOW

Mary-Jane Field’s ‘Skull Creek Lament’
– lyrics: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ASo99D-SowodEWDMnhNGomidXPOap7-1
MJ shared “The manner in which the slaves were freed after Emancipation in the 1880’s was a sad part of US history, much as Trump’s presidency was a sad reflection of the US in recent years“.

Bruce Watson’s ‘Barnaby Joyce Song’
parody to the tune of ‘Chattanooga Choo Choo’
– lyrics: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1AWbYnvmfvssrYbOUCVcKizOZuidThFY3

Daniel Kelly’s ‘Phallus in the Sky with Bezos’
parody to the tune of ‘She’ll Be Coming Round The Mountain’
– lyrics: https://www.folklounge.org/portfolio/phallus-in-the-sky-with-bezos/

Margaret Walters and John Warner’s ‘To Len Neary on his 50th birthday
to the tune of ‘The Slave’s Lament’
– lyrics: https://drive.google.com/file/d/17Y9QNLuh9YNilp8bEyhdNWRVEzuZbE6T

Chris Clarke’s rap song ‘Take The Rap’
– lyrics: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1exgrBaxZyd0mXdhDe0VpE2lls8YtfnWk

Jane Scott’s ‘Slaving On A Sunday Afternoon’
– lyrics: https://drive.google.com/file/d/17np9WbXMFj4Il4YVOpqpMpXfmK-tpu2V

Chris Maltby’s ‘Pork Barrel Song’
to the tune of ‘Travelling Down the Castlereagh’
– lyrics: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hI7CNLZPb-FFuirhKlF5lC7Ja_XesnYt

BONUS Video & Audio

Video of Jason & Chloe’s version of ‘Bill From Erskineville’
– video: https://youtu.be/UOx6MbHpHO0
The audio of their performance on the ZOOM was distorted, so here is one they prepared earlier.

Video/Audio of ​Peter Hicks’ and Geoff Francis’ song ​‘Tribute to Peter Dutton’
– video: https://youtu.be/XXIB2GSsA6E
Peter sent this through on email for the ZOOM but I somehow missed his message (sorry Peter!)

Audio of No Such Thing’s ‘Sir Terence Lewis’s Triumphal March To The Gates Of Boggo Road Jail-Queensland My Home’
– audio: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Pv2dwtA4Ag_dN8VoKFiHS1rwHuBk9DFj
Yvonne Grady sent this through to play on the ZOOM, but I didn’t get to fit it in.
From Yvonne “It was composed by one of our group who was a serving police officer in Queensland at the time of the infamous Bjelke-Petersen government and the subsequent Fitzgerald inquiry to uncover the rampant corruption. Our police associate had the pleasure of locking up his boss who was then the police commissioner at the time. Knowing John’s talent and political views for some great parody songs, I think that could be something suitable.”

If you shared a poem or song during the ZOOM and would like to share the lyrics/words – please email them to Leyne via ccmotions@gmail.com

The John Dengate Memorial Get Together runs annually in August – get more info here.

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