Old Time Music in the Blood
Film by Raymond DeWeerdt, featuring Keith Klippel at Nariel and Tallangatta.
Project Director: Malcolm McKinnon.
Project Coordinator: Karlie Hawking.
Project Assistance: Jenny Herminston and Penny Jeffs.
Produced in partnership with the Man From Snowy River Museum, Corryong.
Archival film provided by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, ABC Content Sales. Archival still images kindly provided by Keith Klippel.
This video was created as part of the Murray Arts “Stories of the Upper Murray” project, with assistance from the Commonwealth Government’s Regional Arts Fund, Regional Arts Victoria, National Museum of Australia, City of Wodonga, Shire of Towong, and Museums Australia (Victoria).
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"Where folk singers, musicians, dancers, poets, reciters, tall story tellers from all Australian States and Overseas, meet and compare their individual arts." Nariel Creek Fok Festivals Program 1973.
Located in far North East Victoria, Nariel Creek is the site of Victoria's first folk festival held in 1963.
Claimed as the longest running of its kind in Australia, people today continue to converge on the green banks of Nariel Creek to celebrate the traditional Nariel style music and dance that has been passed down like folklore.
-(SINGING) Come on my good folk and a tale I will tell of a most recent happening at old Nariel. While travelling through there, I happened to chance on the opening occasion of a grand old bandstand.
-About 1962, there were some folklore people from Melbourne came visited over at Benambra there. And people over there sent them on over to mom and dad. They organized a dance and invited Melbourne people up. Dad organized all the musicians around that he could find. This dance at Nariel Hall. They danced there till about 2 or 3 o'clock in the morning, I think.
And then the campers, they invited the musicians and everybody else that was about to come and join them down here on the creek. This became an annual event.
They used to run a lot of dances for the schools, dances at Colac Colac. They had dances at Cudgewa. They have it in Nariel. And they'd have them at Thowgla, down at Towong, up at Towong.
And I'd go with mom and dad. Dad used to do a lot of playing. I'd be put to sleep in the car. And I'd lay there, listening to the music, I could hear the music going all night long. Those tunes. I've got an old mezon accordion at home still that dad used to play then. If I get that out and play a couple of notes on it, it brings back memories of a lot of old tunes that he used to play.
-Well, from what I can gather, nobody read music, it was all by ear. Just pick up an accordion, we'd listen to somebody playing it and work out where the notes were and get into it. I've been told it's a special style in Nariel Creek.
What I can gather, they use all the notes on the accordion there. Use four fingers, play four fingers at once. Like that. Any four notes together you squeeze them and they all chord. The first and the fifth one out, they chord.