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Roger Clarke's Waltzing Matilda Performances

Musical Performances of Waltzing Matilda

Roger Clarke

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Music catalogues offer many renditions of 'Waltzing Matilda', primarily the 'Victorian' or 'Marie Cowan' Version. For example, Amazon locates multiple versions under the 'popular music' category, plus Laura Leon's performance of Steven Rosenhaus' piano variations under the 'classical music' tag.

Australian Performers

Recently, John Williamson has been making a bit of a career out of singing the song at football matches. Here's a Sydney Morning Herald review of the pseudo-furore about him singing at the Rugby Union World Cup.

Brilliant jazz trumpeter James Morrison has done a version on an album. He may leave national songs alone for a while though, because at the Davis Cup (tennis) Final in November 2003, he chose the (very) wrong Spanish national anthem.

The Sydney Olympics Closing Ceremony on 1 October 2000 included a rendition of the popular or `Marie Cowan' version. It was sung by the great Australian country singer, 73-year-old Slim Dusty (he's a 'country' singer, not 'country and western' - that's American, not Australian). Here are:

I've seen reports that, in 1983, astronauts Bob Crippen and John Young played Slim Dusty singing Waltzing Matilda from the space shuttle 'Columbia' as it passed over Australia.

I see in the Australian National Library archives that one of our best playwrights of recent decades, David Williamson, did a screenplay in 1985; but I don't remember seeing the film.

Many other Australian performers have recorded it. Here are some:

Non-Australian Performers

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