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Archie Roach to tour Australia for the last time this May through to September

Monday 24 February 2020

Archie Roach to tour Australia for the last time this May through to September

Legendary songwriter, 'Voice of the Stolen Generations' and 2020 Victorian Australian of the Year Award Recipient Archie Roach AM is touring Australia for the last time this May through to September. Announced so far are shows at Canberra's Llewellyn Hall, Melbourne's Hamer Hall and Perth Concert Hall plus performances at Hobart's Theatre Royal, Launceston's Princess Theatre, Adelaide's Dunstan Playhouse and Sydney's State Theatre.

Joined onstage by his five-piece band, including award-winning jazz composer and improviser Paul Grabowsky, and special guest vocalist Emma Donovan, this spectacular live concert will celebrate Roach's eponymous memoir 'Charcoal Lane' and its companion album 'Tell Me Why'. Audiences will hear hits from his back catalogue alongside influential music from his youth and three new autobiographical songs written since completing his memoir.

Thirty years after the release of the two-time ARIA Award-winning debut album 'Charcoal Lane' (1990), 'Tell Me Why' is a compelling account of resilience, strength of spirit, and great love. Through stories of the iconic songwriter and activist's life, this is an intimate, moving and often confronting musical journey as Roach searches for a deep sense of belonging.

With well documented health challenges, including a stroke and lung cancer, Archie Roach is by most measures not a well man, but once he steps on that stage, a certain majesty takes over and the stories and the songs are as compelling as the voice that sings them.

"Some songwriters wrap themselves in cloaks, whether of enigma or inanity, and some bare their souls. Then there's Archie Roach." - Sydney Morning Herald

For Archie, announcing this as his last national tour has not been an easy decision to make. He said: "Releasing my debut album 'Charcoal Lane' back in 1990, was the most amazing experience in my life. I never imagined that I would be here three decades later still recording and singing on stages in Australia and the World. Music has kept me going, kept me alive. It's something that I have come to love, especially the relationship I have with those who come to my shows. I am also most grateful to all the people that I have worked with through the years."

Grab your tickets and let Archie Roach take you on an intimate and moving musical journey as he bids farewell to the road this May through to September!

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