23 Apr 2019

Music of the armistice

From Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan, 2:24 pm on 23 April 2019

It's ANZAC Day on Thursday and in 2019 we're now at the end of WW1 centenary commemorations. 

But of course the end of the war wasn't a clean break in 1918 and the end of the war was an enduring cultural moment - and that was reflected in it's music. 

Chris Bourke is the content director of music website AudioCulture.co.nz, and the author of the books Good-bye Maoriland: the Songs and Sounds of New Zealand's Great War  - and Blue Smoke: the Lost Dawn of New Zealand Popular Music, and he's in the Wellington studio to play some of the music from the end of the war.

A NZEF military band playing close to the line near Ypres, France, 1917

: Photo: Alexander Turnbull Library


'Invercargill March' performed on a pianola

New Zealand written First World War songs, recorded for the first time in 2015 by RNZ Concert

Three 1920s recordings by Ernest McKinlay, including 'E Pari Ra'

Mad Jazz Razz – Manhattan Jazz Band 

The 1930 promo film of Epi Shalfoon and his Melody Boys performing 'E Puritai Tama'

The Royal NZ Artillery Band performing 'Invercargill March'

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