The Bushwackers play Australian music, much of it based on the traditional folk and working songs from the early 20th century, infused with their own brand of contemporary subject matter and instrumentation.
With a laconic, distinctive Australian sound, Dobe Newton and Roger Corbett voice 50 years of songs, tunes and dance calls. As much as the music has changed, the spirit of the songs and stories that inspired the first Bushwackers have not.
With their politics and social conscience proudly worn on their sleeve, the band combines original material with a traditional repertoire. Songs such as ‘Beneath The Southern Cross’ and ‘When Britannia Ruled The Waves’, sit easily alongside a musical setting of Lawson’s epic poem ‘Faces in The Street’ and ‘The Ballad of 1891’ celebrating the great shearers’ strike.
More recently is the irreverent and controversial ‘Marijuana Australiana Rehashed’, a great crowd favourite together with ‘Leave in The Ground’ highlighting the fight against the mining companies in Australia.
Often an enthusiasm not shared by a number of members of the constabulary who regularly take the band to task with issues such as becoming a republic, equality, cultural diversity and more recently, climate change and legislation of medical marijuana.
The Bushwackers continue to take their unique Australiana brand of music through the country and around the world, bringing spirit and energy to festivals, clubs, pubs, schools and events.