Memories from Western Australia

Everyone who worked with or learned from Dave when he was at Murdoch University will remember his inspiring lectures and perspectives, and his convivial chuckle/laugh.

I also played music with him in one of the first Bluegrass bands in Western Australia. Dave called it ‘Turkey Sweat’. (See above!) We played for a year at the local tavern ‘Clancy’s’, and helped form a musical tradition there that is still vibrant. (Lucky Oceans, from Asleep at the Wheel still plays there every Sunday with his band Zydecats.)

Dave recorded a 45 (remember them?) of an adapted version of the Kingston Trio’s song MTA to help the local efforts to save the Fremantle to Perth railway. The catch line ‘Poor Old Charlie’ was pertinent as it was the name of the train-hating leader of the government at the time. The song got airplay. It worked and we still have the train service.

Thanks mate, for all of the above.

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