Joan Baez is a singer, songwriter, musician, and activist from the USA. She started performing in public in 1958, with her breakthrough coming as she performed at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival, and started making records in 1960. She has continued to perform and record successfully since then. She has been active in the civil rights, human rights, peace, LGBTQ, and environmental movements since before she started her performing career.
The Band Played Waltzing Matilda was originally recorded by Eric Bogle on his 1980 album Now I’m Easy. It was written in 1971, just after Eric saw his first ANZAC Day march, in Canberra. The song tells the story of a drifter who enlists in the Australian Army during 1915 and is shipped off the Gallipoli where he loses both of his legs, he is then shipped back to Australia and, in the last verse, watches an ANZAC Day parade and questions what it is all for. This version by Joan was originally released on her 1995 live album Ring Them Bells. The video was created by the artist Spadecaller (Matthew Schwartz) and is a slideshow of the paintings of Degas, Sargent and Spadecaller‘s own creations.
You can buy And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda on iTunes.
You can follow Joan on her Official Website, on Facebook, and on Twitter. You can buy her music on iTunes. You can follow Spadecaller (Matthew Schwartz) on Facebook, and on his YouTube channel. You can buy his art on ImageKind.