Artist: Ian McDonald

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Ian McDonald

I've been a member of North Pine Bush Poets for around 8 years and President for 3 years. I started up the Beerwah Bush Poets group at the library a couple of years ago and it seems to be developing well (see the Beerwah Poets directory entry). When I was younger I did a lot of singing, winning the Moonba Songstar competition, and can still raise a good tune when called on. I have competed in the open sections of Queensland and interstate competitions with a few prizes under my belt from those.

Area:  Brisbane, South East Qld

Years Performing: 8

Entertainment style:  Serious, Traditional Bush Poetry, Music & Poetry


Poet/Writers work

I mostly perform poems from traditional catalogues such as the following extract:


George Essex Evans in “Melbourne Argus”, 1901

They left the vine-wreathed cottage and the mansion, on the hill,
The houses in the busy streets where life is never still,
The pleasures of the city, and the friends they cherished best;
For love they faced the wilderness— the Women of the West.

The roar, and rush, and fever of the city died away,
And the old-time joys and faces—they were gone for many a day ;
In their place the lurching coach-wheel, or the creaking bullock chains,
O’er the everlasting sameness of the never-ending plains.
In the slab-built, zinc-roofed homestead of some lately-taken run,
In the tent beside the bankment of a railway just begun,
In the huts on new selections—in the camps of man’s unrest,
On the frontiers of the Nation, live the Women of the West.