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Eric Bogle – Maclean Services Club Thursday May 31

Eric Bogle, who is sometimes referred to as Australia’s international troubadour, is best known for his song And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda, which has been covered by over 100 artists around the world, including by Joan Baez and The Pogues.

Another of his songs, The Green Fields of France (No Man’s Land), was recorded by the Furey Brothers and spent 26 weeks in the Irish charts, including 10 weeks at No.1. Altogether, nearly 50 of Bogle’s songs have been recorded by others, including Mary Black, Billy Bragg, Donovan and The Dubliners.

And his concerts, too, have been popular in many parts of the world, including the UK, Europe, the USA and Canada.

Bogle, who migrated from Scotland to Australia in 1969, has been the recipient of various awards for his music, including a United Nations Peace Medal and The Order of Australia Medal, as well as swags of music industry awards.

All praise is all well and good, but what about the man? He is a perceptive and compassionate individual, a wryly humorous and engaging concert performer, and a songwriter with a knack of cutting to the heart of the matter with a few well crafted lines.

Eric Bogle plays at the Maclean Services Club on Thursday May 31 from 7.30pm, the support act is Ami Williamson and tickets are available at the club.

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