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Eric Bogle is a Scot living in Oz (Australia) having emigrated in 1969. In 1971, after watching soldiers who had survived Gallipoli march in Australia's yearly Anzac (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) parade, he wrote "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda", a song which would be covered by The Dubliners, The Irish Rovers, The Pogues, Joan Baez, Priscilla Herdman, Liam Clancy, Martin Curtis, Ronnie Drew, Danny Doyle, Slim Dusty, The Fenians, Mike Harding, Jolie Holland, Seamus Kennedy, The Langer's Ball, Johnny Logan and Friends, John Allan Cameron, Houghmagandie, John McDermott, Midnight Oil, Christy Moore, The Skids, June Tabor, John Williamson, The Bushwackers, The Kruger Brothers, Redgum, John Schumann, Tickawinda, Orthodox Celts, The Houghton Weavers, Pat Chessell, Bread and Roses, Phil Coulter, and Garrison Keillor on his radio show A Prairie Home Companion.
Eric's "No Man's Land", recorded by Irish group The Fureys under the title "Green Fields of France", was an enormous success in Ireland; 26 weeks on the charts and 10 weeks in the number one position, unknown countless renditions sung in pubs throughout the country.
Although these two songs are the most widely known of Eric's works, his compositions range into the hundreds. He's recorded a good number of CDs and LPs, some in print, some out. Festival Folk Sing is the latest Eric Bogle-related release, a tribute to his songs by a series of marvelous artists.
Eric has toured extensively throughout the UK, with forays onto continental Europe, and he continues to play shows and festivals in Australia.
He is a Member of the Order of Australia, "In recognition of service to the performing arts as a song writer and singer".
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