A very special tribute to the ANZAC
A personal sojourn by Pixie into what the ANZAC legend means to him. Recorded live at his Pixieland Country Theatre in January 1998, and originally released in 1998 through ABC/EMI, The Last ANZAC is a collection of poems, stories and songs from Australia’s war times.
Featuring Gary Steel on Piano and accordion, Kelvin Nolan on guitar, Randal Wilson on percussion.
TRACK 1: TO THE FALLEN
Written by Laurence Binyon in 1923, the 3rd stanza of this poem was used by the RSL in Australia as their ‘Ode of Rememberance’.
TRACK 2: THE GIFT OF YEARS
Written by Eric Bogle, a tender song sung to graveside by a soldier 70 years on…
TRACK 3: ALONG THE CASTLEREAGH
The call to arms went out through the country in 1914 and one young soldier heard the call to arms and started a march from inland NSW to Sydney. It became known as ‘The Cooee March’ because of the ‘cooee’ call that was yelled by the marching men as they went from town to town.
TRACK 4: THE NAKED ARMY
Australian troops on the peninsula in 1915 has the sense to strip off their Khaki’s because of the heat. The british saw this as virtual heresy and started calling our troops “The Naked Army”.
TRACK 5: SUVLA BAY
A song of loss and tragedy and one of Australia’s most popular war time ballads.
TRACK 6: RUSTY IT’S GOODBYE
Written by Thel Carey and one of Slim Dusty’s most remembered war ballads, it tells the story of loss during wartime from a totally different but heartfelt perspective.
TRACK 7: TENDER COMRADE
A most beautiful song penned by Billy Bragg tells the story of love and friendship on the battlefield. Performed here ina haunting a cappella style by Pixie.
TRACK 8: DADDY’S IN THE DARDENELLES
Joined by children from East Tamworth Primary School this a light hearted childrens song from 1917.
TRACK 9: WAR SING-A-LONG I
The whole audience joins in on a riotous rendition of two war time standards, ‘Pack up your troubles’ and ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary’
TRACK 10: THE WAKE
An original song written by Pixie and guitarist Kelvin Nolan
TRACK 11: THE BOY SOLDIER
Written by Trevor Day, this song tells of the anguish of a mother as her son leaves for the front.
TRACK 12: WHITE CROSSES IN THE JUNGLE
This is song about the horrific nature of war when it centres on the Jungle environment and the hardships that ensue. Written by Thel Carey.
TRACK 13: A NIGHTINGALE SANG IN BERKLEY SQUARE
Originally sang by the evergreen wartime sweetheart Vera Lynne, Pixie’s version is just as poignant and soleful.
TRACK 14: WAR SING-A-LONG II
Join the Pixieland audience in singing some of the greatest wartime songs in history. This time it’s ‘Pack up your troubles’, ‘Dog sat on the tuckerbox and the old favourite as you’ll linger longer in ‘Yarrawonga’.
TRACK 15: NO MANS LAND
A melancholic song written by the incredible Eric Bogle
TRACK 16: AND THE BAND PLAYED WALTZING MATILDA
One of the most accurate songs about one old veterans thoughts on the ANZAC day celebrations and what it means to him. Written by Eric Bogle.
TRACK 17: WE’LL MEET AGAIN
Another of the WW2’s most iconic melodies and performed here as a finale and a thank you and goodbye to the audience.