A Noel Guthrie Acrylic on canvas

A Noel Guthrie Acrylic on canvas
The Cockabully Hunters --- from an original painting by Noel Guthrie

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Ballads of Ernie Slow

 The Ballad of Ernie Slow

As far back as the 1920’s, men and women throughout New Zealand’s Mackenzie Country have spoken highly of Ernest (Ernie) Slow.  In some quarters he became legendry for his wit, his humour and his ballads.
For others however, he was branded for his alcoholism. Ernie Slow was a man who loved the wide-open spaces and felt at home with the sun on his face and the wind in his hair.
Deep down he had a profound respect for Mother Nature, while appreciating the power in those rugged and sometimes harsh mountain peaks of the Mackenzie Basin.  At no time did he abuse this land of his birth, always treating it with the utmost respect.

Won’t you walk with Noel Guthrie, as he treads that narrow road through Ernie’s life?  From the birth of his grandfather at Wilton, in Middlesex, England, to introducing you to his parents and his siblings.
Before concluding with Ernie’s tragic death in 1960, Noel shares with you Ernie’s famous ballads and poetry, some of which have never previously been published. 
Ernie’s Ballads.  
Wanted a Youth.                                             
Tin Lizzie

Tom Burnett.                                                         
Kimbell Women’s Hockey Team

Andrew Burnett Pioneer.                                          
Jock Ireland and his Aeroplane

Squatters Dream.                                                    
The New Zealand Stakes

The Devil’s Daughter.                                            
 The Temuka Stakes

The Fat man and the Beer Man.                               
Marching on the Road to Life

Hitler’s Dream.                                                    
O’ Little Town of Fairlie

Bray Kills a Pig

 And many more colourful stories of Ernie's life.

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  2. Difficult roads often leads to beautiful destinations. :)