Rally Around the Drum

This classic song, written by Paul Kelly and Archie Roach, recalls Archie’s time as a tent boxer. Drums of all shapes and sizes were used by boxing troupes to draw crowds to the tent boxing shows that were put on in Outback Australia. Some showmen used big base drums and would march through town, pounding away calling out “Rally around the drum,” which was like a universal catch cry to attract attention and announce that the show was in town.

This clip is from Womadelaide. Uploaded by: bigalinoz

May sees the launch of King of the Outback, the sixth book in the popular Fightcard series – and my literary debut (writing as Jack Tunney). Accordingly, in a month long celebration, Permission to Kill will be looking back and some of the highlights – and lowlights – of boxing in film and literature – and in music too.

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