Legendary bush singer, broadcaster and author of 16 books on Australiana available as MC or guest speaker.

Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Warren Fahey AM, social historian, author, record producer, broadcaster and performer is the ideal MC host or guest speaker for any event celebrating Australia as a unique culture. As an MC or performer he provides a unique insight into Australia's colonial history - both bush and city - and especially the Australian sense of humour. His best-selling books 'Classic Bush Yarns', 'The Big Fat Book of Aussie Jokes', 'Old Bush Songs' (winner Heritage Book of the Year 2006) and 'Tucker Track: the curious history of Australian food' provide a wealth of stories.

His performances include classic bush poetry, leg-pulling yarns, drinking toasts, ditties and songs.

“As genuine as the smell of gum leaves burning on an outback campfire.”
Philip Adams. ABC Radio National.
“Warren Fahey’s one-man attempt to preserve our rich culture results in a remarkable diverse cross-section of styles and subject matter. If you care about Australian vernacular culture, Warren Fahey’s recordings are vital and highly entertaining artifacts.”
Bruce Elder. SMH
“He has performed far and wide, including all the major Australian festivals, and always delivers true-to-the-tradition songs, stories and music with a rare vitality, capturing the essence of the Australian experience.”
Keith Preston. Folk Alliance Australia
“Marvelous old forgotten ballads of early Australia. You bring the shelves and stacks of the Mitchell Library to life.”
Dr. Marie Bashir, Governor, New South Wales.
“That was a bloody great show. Congratulations!”
Bob Hawke, Prime Minister 1988
“Warren Fahey is a National Treasure.”
Rosemary Moon, Event Manager. State Library of NSW

Warren Fahey (AM) is the ideal speaker for any audience searching for a taste of Australia. Author of over 14 books on Australian folklore and social history, founder of the pioneering Larrikin Record label, and legendary performer of bush songs, poetry and leg-pulling yarns, Warren is “as genuine as the smell of burning gum-leaves on an outback campfire.”

In 2004 he commenced a two-year survey of the folklore and curious history of Sydney as a city. Carried out under grants from the Music Board and the Australia Council for the Arts and the City of Sydney Cultural Fund, the project has resulted in an extensive collection of oral histories for the National Library of Australia.

Warren Fahey has been honoured with the Order of Australia, Prime Minister’s Centenary Medal, Advance Australia Award and, in 2004, the CMMA Lifetime Achievement Award for service to the bush ballad. He is the recipient of grants from the Ian Potter Foundation, Myer Foundation, Australia Council for the Arts and City of Sydney Cultural Fund.

His Oral History and Manuscript Collections are housed at the National Library of Australia. His numerous books, DVDs and CDs are published by ABC Enterprises. In all his Speaking engagements Warren combines history, poetry, toasts and songs to illustrate the folklore of Australia’s bush and cities. He accompanies himself on the concertina.

Suggested Speaker topics: Tucker Track – The curious history of Australian food from colonial days to takeaways. What is a ‘Slippery Bob’, ‘Barcoo Sandwich’ and what is the history of that sprig of parsley on your plate? Based on his 2005 book ‘Tucker Track’. (“What a joy to be reminded of so much lore and wisdom from our childhood.” – Margaret Fulton) The Man From Tumba-bloody-Rumba - The search for the Aus

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