Aussie Spoken Bloke is a new CD of 15 original bush poems by south coast NSW singer, songwriter, entertainment agent and poet, Graham Scobie, and it will be launched at Moruya Markets at 11am on Saturday, 19 Dec during a performance by Graham’s band, the Country Pumpkins. Graham has been a musician for over 40 years since he made his live debut in the anonymity of the London Underground in 1977, while travelling the planet for 2 years.
Since then Graham has gone on to record 6 CD’s and earn 2 national awards: a Tamworth Songwriters Association Award for 100 Years Australia and an Australian Gospel Music Award for Aussie Gospel Bloke. He also has numerous other finals spots in songwriting competitions including The Church of Australia is the Bush in the Tamworth Songwriters Association Awards and The Clearing in the Australian Songwriters Association Awards. Both of these appear on Aussie Spoken Bloke as poems, which is how all of Graham’s songs start out.
Other poems on Aussie Spoken Bloke have previously been released as songs on Graham’s music CD’s By the Banks of the Billabong, Bushland Boogie, Aussie Gospel Bloke and Granite Town. The Fire at Yankee’s Gap was written in August 2018 when Graham fought a fire near Bega with the Rural Fire Service.
Seven of the poems have been written either during the 2019/2020 fire season or since then such as the title poem, Aussie Spoken Bloke, which makes reference to the 65,000 year history of spoken culture in Australia. You can find a sample poem, Just a Whip Crack Away, on Graham’s website: www.scobie.com.au
The Fire at Yankee’s Gap is a semi-finalist in the Tamworth Songwriters Association 2021 Awards in the Lyrics Only section and the same poem was also highly regarded in the Songwriters, Composers and Lyricists Association FOOM 2020 Songwriting Competition Lyrics Section with the judges stating: “Reading this was almost reminiscent of a Banjo Paterson ode. Storytelling at its most expressive and finest.”