THE RECONCILING OF PORT FAIRY SPIRITS
The politics of Aboriginal reconciliation in an Australian Folk Festival recording
Keywords:Australian fold music, Celebration: The Spirit of Port Fairy, ABC Music Deli: live recordings 1987-1995 (1996).
Jill Stubbington 's article addresses the topic of Australian folk music, or rather 'folk club' music as she specifically identifies it; and the manner in which a recent CD compilation of South Australia's Port Fairy folk festival can been seen to promote the reconciliation of Aboriginal and Euro-Australian populations. Her study is particularly timely, in an Australian context, given the polarisation of political debate on Aboriginal issues, and, most particularly, the rise of Pauline Hanson's overtly-racist One Nation party.
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