Eric BOGLE AM
1944 - Born in
on the 23rd
September. His twin sister Sandra was born about 15 minutes
1960 - Eric left school at 16
years old and for the next 8 years or so Eric had a succession
of jobs: labourer, waiter, export clerk, bar steward, mill
1960 - Age 18, a friend told
Eric that the local rock band “The Informers” were looking for a
new lead singer. Eric went for an audition, and because of his
vocal ability he got the job.
A couple of years later, Eric
denounced the whole pop music scene as “frivolous and full of
bloody wankers!” and turned his attention to folk music.
1969 - Emigrated to
1971 - He met Carmel Sutton
and in 1972 they were married. Starting as a Leading Hand in the
yard of a scaffolding hire company, he actually started rapidly
rising up the firm's corporate ladder.
1980 - Eric was the
state accountant for his company, then one day, for no
particular reason, he hauled
back to Sydney
with him and embarked on the perilous career path of a
Eric has written some songs that
have pretty much become Australian classics of their particular
genre. Probably his best known song is “The Band Played Waltzing
Matilda”. Some of his other songs “No Man's Land”(The Green
Fields of France), “Leaving Nancy”, “Now I'm Easy” “Shelter” “If
Wishes were Fishes” etc.
His songs have been recorded by
Joan Baez, Mary Black, Donovan, Slim Dusty, John Williamson,
Billy Bragg, The Pogues and The Furies, just to name a few.
Eric himself has recorded 14
CD's and, together with his long term partner John Munro, has
literally taken his music to the world. He has toured
extensively over the last 25 years or so, and this includes 8
10 Tours of Europe and many tours of Australia.
He has appeared at every major Folk and Country music festival
and overseas: Port Fairy, Woodford,
Gympie Muster, Philadelphia Festival,
Awarded the Peace medal from the
U.N. for his efforts, through music, to promote peace and racial
All this makes Eric sound like a
cross between U2 and Mother Theresa. Well, he's not, he's just a
literate and thoughtful songwriter who can cut to the heart of
the matter with some well-crafted lines. He's also a warm and
engaging stage performer who, with his sharp, often
self-deprecating wit and shrewd common sense view on the world,
communicates well with an audience and draws them in to his
1986 – Inducted into the Hands
1987 – Awarded the Member of
the Order of Australia
“In recognition of service to the performing arts as a song
writer and singer.