Archie Roach’s Tell Me Why tour
[by Ryneisha Bollard]
Archie Roach. Image: Adrian Cook
Much beloved singer, storyteller, and First Nations leader Archie Roach AM embarks on his last Australian national tour Tell Me Why performing for one night only at Her Majesty’s Theatre.
This rescheduled national tour celebrates his critically successful memoir Tell Me Why and the companion album of the same name, as well as the belated 30 year anniversary of Roach’s seminal album Charcoal Lane, released in 1990 to critical acclaim.
He reunites on stage with pianist/composer and musical director Paul Grabowsky, along with special guest vocalist Sally Dastey (Tiddas) and guest musicians Stephen Magnusson (guitars), Sam Anning (double bass), Erkki Veltheim (violin) and Dave Beck (drums). Don’t miss this special concert of storytelling, music, healing and celebration of Archie Roach’s final Australian tour.
Archie Roach AM is an iconic Australian musician, storyteller and First Nations leader. His accolades include five ARIAs, a Member of the Order of Australia and an induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame. Roach began his recording career in 1990 with his debut album Charcoal Lane, which won him two ARIA awards – one for Best New Talent and another for Best Indigenous Release.
In 1992, the album reached Gold status and was released in the US, where Rolling Stone named it one of the top 50 albums of the year. Charcoal Lane includes the heartbreaking Took the Children Away, a profound reflection on his own experience as a child of the Stolen Generation. The song saw Roach become the first songwriter to ever take home a Human Rights Achievement Award. Roach went on to release another 10 albums and win another three ARIAs.
In 2015, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his significant service to the performing arts as a singer, songwriter and guitarist; and to the community as an advocate for social justice. In 2019, Roach released his critically acclaimed memoir and latest album of the same name, Tell Me Why, which attracted two ARIA Award nominations. Roach has shared the stage with music icons such as Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Paul Simon, Tracy Chapman, Rodriguez and the late, great Leonard Cohen. His music tells the stories of his people, of this land and of the human condition.
Roach’s voice – uniquely Australian and undeniably universal – continues to resonate for us all.
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