The term "bush music" generally refers to the music of the Europeans who colonised Australia. It is mostly in the English language with the music being of the anglo-celtic tradition and sharing the same roots as other folk music forms such as old-time string band music and bluegrass.
Some of the most recognizable songs from the traditional bush music lexicon are:
- Click go the Shears
- Waltzing Matilda
- The Wild Colonial Boy
- The Black Velvet Band
- The Drover's Dream
Examples of more recently written songs, and where bush music crosses over into folk and folk rock include:
- And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda
- Diamantina Drover
- I Was Only 19
Here are some links to video of Franklyn B Paverty singing bush songs and ballads mostly at National Folk Festivals in recent years ...
- Hurrah for the Diggings, The Wind that Shakes the Barley, Jim Jones - National Fold Festival 2012
- Augathella Station, Jindabyne and Travelling Down the Castlereagh at the Stockman's Camp, National Folk Festival 2013 ... part 2: The Rain tumbles down in July, Koala Cafe, Cold Canberra Morning, Dennis O'Reilly, Jack O'Hagan medley, Canberra Rose, The Catalpa, Clancy of the Overflow
- Crazy Cradle Mountain at the Stockman's Camp, National Folk Festival 2015
- Jindabyne (song written by Ulick O'Boyle)