Story: Folk, country and blues music

The Mixer's Transport workers' song book, 1926

The Mixer's Transport workers' song book, 1926

The Transport workers' song book by 'The Mixer' (Harry Kirk) was published in 1926. Kirk, whose photo adorns the cover, was a waterside worker based at Greymouth in the early 20th century. He wrote and performed many songs about the lives of working people, often with a satirical edge. A staunch unionist, he was for a time secretary of the Greymouth Watersiders' Union.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: The Mixer, The transport workers' song book. Wellington: New Zealand Worker Company, 1926. (B-K-1053-COVER)

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Chris Bourke, 'Folk, country and blues music - Folk music – the voice of the people, 1790s to 1920s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 May 2024)

Story by Chris Bourke, published 22 Oct 2014