“And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda” by Eric Bogle – a new interpretation

“And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda” was written by Scottish-born folk singer Eric Bogle in 1971. The song describes the futility and horror of war through the personal experiences of the song’s character. However, rather than sung, this performance is recited. In stripping away melody the words alone are left to convey the bleak vistas and raw emotion of the story.


This is a rehearsal piece from Radio Players in preparation for a podcast production for later in the year. The completed piece will include the images such as those above plus illustrations, sound effects, and music. The group is hoping to collaborate with artists, musicians, illustrators, historians, photographers, and other interested parties who will contribute to the finished piece. Listen to the recited words while watching the slide show of images to get a flavour of the story they aim to tell. Email them at radioplayers2018@gmail.com if you wish to be involved. While they are Louth based they can collaborate via the web and would welcome hearing from anyone interested in Ireland or abroad.


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An audiologist and electronics engineer Frank really is a “sound man”. Singing, drama, books, music, science, technology, art, politics, life, chat and craic are passions. Drama and folk singing engage his few spare hours outside of family duties. Frank has many acting and directing awards but writes a little too when time permits and the passion is up. View all posts by Frank McGrath →