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Holiday Basin playlist

Join us this festive season as we enjoy songs of the people and the landscapes of the Murray–Darling Basin.

Published: 23 December 2021

Music captures all of us – its storytelling connects us and lifts our moods, always there to help us through the tough times. At the MDBA, we love songs about every corner of the Murray–Darling Basin – so much so we have created our very own holiday playlist!

In the list you’ll notice how Australian music has an enduring quality making lyrics timeless, with some old tracks as well as some fresh tunes.

In all the songs it’s clear how important the health of Murray–Darling Basin is to all of us.

Songs of the Basin

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that track 10 in this playlist contains images and voices of people who have died.

Down at the River | Josh Arnold
Our first song is about the beautiful Balonne River it’s written by Josh Arnold with the youth from the community in St George Queensland.  

When the rain tumbles down in July | Slim Dusty
Slim Dusty grew up on a property outside the Basin… but we feel there are so many relatable words to farming and recent rain events that we couldn’t leave this one off our list. 

Down river | Wilcannia Mob
We love how this timeless track Down River by the Wilcannia Mob expresses the links to Country for the Barkandji culture. 

Galleries of pink galahs | John Williamson 
This poetry captures it all – from the heartbreak of drought to the beauty of the landscape. 

Blue gums calling me home | Harry Williams and The Country Outcasts
At this time of year when we’re thinking of family and friends and of coming home – back to be connected, this song takes us to that special place. 

Storm boy | Xavier Rudd
Xavier Rudd captures the spirit of the magnificent Coorong and its birdlife with this awesome Aussie track. 

Back on Country | Troy Cassar-Daley
Maybe find yourself on Country with Troy Cassar-Daley’s track Back on country.  

Raining on the plains | Sara Storer featuring John Williamson 
Two Mallee-born artists Sara Storer and John Williamson team up in this track about the rain falling on the plains and reference the Warrumbungles near Gulargambone New South Wales. 

Where the Murray meets the Darling | Tania Kernaghan 
This track tells a story of love blossoming at the Wentworth junction one Summer.

Yorta Yorta man | Jimmy Little 
Celebrated and beloved Yorta Yorta man Jimmy Little was born on the banks of the Murray and his song makes us long to be out of the city and back home on Country. 

I’ve been everywhere man | The Sunny Cowgirls with Pete Denahy 
Moree, Jerilderie, Toowoomba, Gunnedah, Dalveen, Narromine, Wangarella, Augathella, Molong, Grong Grong, Goondiwindi, Wallangarra, Boggabri, Gundagai, Narrabri, Gulgong, Wangaratta, Canberra, River Murray, Stockinbingal, Bendigo, Kilmore and there’s more… quite a few towns from the Basin feature in this tongue twister of a song!  

Wangaratta wahine | The Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band
The story line for the Wangaratta wahine is set in a roadhouse restaurant in Wangaratta. 

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