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Steady Steady

The life and music of Seaman Dan

Henry 'Seaman' Dan and Karl Neuenfeldt

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Steady, Steady: The life and music of Seaman Dan is replete with Uncle Seaman's stories of his active and sometimes dangerous life in the islands in the heyday of pearl diving and other jobs, and h...

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Steady, Steady: The life and music of Seaman Dan is replete with Uncle Seaman's stories of his active and sometimes dangerous life in the islands in the heyday of pearl diving and other jobs, and his later development as a professional singer/musician.

Production Details
  • Paperback
  • 230mm x 188mm x 12mm
  • 182pp
  • Released May 2013
  • ISBN 9781922059208
Contents

Foreword by Vic McGrath
Preface
Acknowledgments
Maps of the Torres Strait and Top End of Australia
Part I: The Life of Henry ‘Seaman’ Dan
Chapter 1: An Island Home in the Torres Strait
Chapter 2: Cape York Time
Chapter 3: Cairns During the Second World War
Chapter 4: Learning to Live a Diver’s Life
Chapter 5: Adventures Across Northern Australia
Chapter 6: Working Adventures on Sea and Land
Part II: The Music and Recordings of Henry ‘Seaman’ Dan
Chapter 7: The Opportunity of a Lifetime
Chapter 8: Follow the Sun
Chapter 9: Steady, Steady
Chapter 10: Perfect Pearl
Chapter 11: Island Way
Chapter 12: Sailing Home
Chapter 13: Sunnyside and Still on Deck- Personal Favourites
Epilogue
References and Further Reading
Select Discography
Select Filmography
Awards
Index

About The Author

Henry ‘Seaman’ Dan is not only one of Australia’s oldest active recording artists and performers, he is also one of its best-loved and well-regarded.

Karl Neuenfeldt is a music producer, researcher and performer. He has worked with Henry Seaman Dan for over a decade as co-producer and songwriter. He has co-produced more than thirty CDs of Australian Indigenous music in collaboration with northern Queensland Indigenous communities and artists. Trained academically in Cultural Studies (PhD) and Anthropology (MA), he has written extensively on music-based topics including the didjeridu and Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal music.

About The Cover

Cover and text design by: Sprout Design

Cover (front): main photo by Karl Neuenfeldt; lower panel (left) The Pearl Fleet (at Thursday Island) c. late 19th century, Julian Rossi Ashton; (middle) courtesy Time Peek.

Cover (back): (left) courtesy Oliver Strewe; (middle) aerial view of Thursday Island, courtesy Kim Wirth; (right) courtesy Kerry Trapnell. 

 

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Love this book

Such an amazing book recounting yarns from the late Uncle Seaman. Such a significant, inspirational and well-respected Zenadth Kes elder. Plenty of stories and images of family from the Torres Strait which I haven't seen before, very grateful to have these documented so beautifully.

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Love this book

Such an amazing book recounting yarns from the late Uncle Seaman. Such a significant, inspirational and well-respected Zenadth Kes elder. Plenty of stories and images of family from the Torres Strait which I haven't seen before, very grateful to have these documented so beautifully.

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