Graeme Smith is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Monash University. His interests lie in popular music studies and ethnomusicology, especially music and national and group identity, folk revival musics, Irish traditional music, Australian country music, multicultural and world music, construction of social meaning, voice and body. He has written extensively on the Australian folk and country movements, as well as the way the Australian world/multicultural music has interacted with official and popular politics of difference and identity. Singing Australian: A History of Folk and Country Music was published by Pluto Press in July 2005.
Only about a decade ago, any serious young musician in Australia would run a mile from being labelled as “folk”. But among the new beards in the inner city, along with a returned desire for the organic over the urban,
INTRODUCTION Folk music as practiced in Australia embraces a wide variety of musical styles and is best thought of as a genre of music which is given an identity and unity by its key audiences and performers and contexts of