General Notes: Once The Seekers made their
Liner Notes: "The Seekers are a young group of Australian singers who are quickly building a great reputation in this country. Their repertoire is drawn from the riches of international folksong, a field full of melodic treasures. The Seekers, while using mostly authentic folksongs, have found a popular way of putting over this music, playing it in modern, swinging idion that is attractive to a modern audience
The groups consists of three boys and a girl. The girl is JUDITH DURHAM, a twenty-one year old gospel and blues singer who built a considerable reputation in the jazz field while she spent a year singing with a leading Australian traditional jazz group. When the Seekers wanted a girl's voice to add to the group, Judith was more or less an automatic choice. For a time she continued to sing with the band and with the Seekers but when the trip abroad was planned she joined the group full-time. Judith is small and jobial and immensely talented and her favourite singers are Mahalia Jackson, Rosetta Tharpe and Bessie Smith.
The male members of the group are ATHOL GUY, aged twenty-four, the business manager and bass-player of the outfit. He used to be an advertising executive, but like the rest of the Seekers, gave up his part-time musical status to become a full-time professional at the beginning of 1964. Bruce Woodley is twenty-two and was also an advertising executive before joining the Seekers. He is the most experienced folk-singer of the group and also play banjo and guitar. It is his enthusiasm for folk-music that is clearly reflected in the Seekers' leaning toward this kind of music. KEITH POTGER is twenty-three and is also a guitarist and banjoist. He gave up a career as radio producer (sic) to become a full-time Seeker after a period of trying to mix both activities.
under two years ago the Seekers started out as a semi-professional group
appearing in dance clubs and coffee lounges. They very quickly got the chance
to appear on TV shows and then graduated to the nightclubs and hotels in the
bigger cities of
Their repertoire is a wide one and they are always looking for new material. They like song with a strong melodic content and a well-defined rhythm. Their approach is frankly popular because the want to bring their music to as wide an audience as possible. They all sing, covering a considerable range between them and blend naturally and easily in a way ideally suited to their material. Nobody is in charge of the music; they work in a truly democratic manner and achieve delightfully free and easy results by this method.
particular album includes some familiar material and some that may be new. All
the songs gain new vitality from their zestful treatment. The wreck of the
old 97 is an Americna narrative ballad (there used to be a version by
Muggsy Spanier); Danny Boy or Londonderry air has ben called 'the
most beautiful tune in the world' but its composer has never been discovered -
handed down in a traditional way it first appeared in print as late as 1855; Waltzing
Matilda is possibly the best known of all Australian songs but the other
Australian, With my swag all on my shoulder and South Australia
will be new to most people in this country; two more Irish songs are Whisky
in the jar and Gipsy Rover while Cotton fields, Lemon tree, Gotta
travel on and Five hundred miles are all American. The record is
completed by two interesting items. Plaisir d'amour is hardly a
folksong. The Seekers choose it because of its wonderful melody. It was written
by a German who chose to call himself by the Italian name of Martini and lived
This all adds up to a most entertaining and varied programme full of rich music - and with a recording to match."