Graeme Connors in Concert at the Nambour Civic Centre

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Graeme Connors in Concert

Fri 18 June 8pm  Nambour Civic Centre Hall

Special guests The Flood Trio......With his new album "This is Life", this is Graeme Connors entering the mainstream of music through the jugular. Delivered with a colourful vocal recollection and eclectic instrumentation, Connors takes the listener on a surprisingly optimistic rollercoaster ride of disillusionment, revelation and celebration of life with all its up and downs. 

Prices:  Adults $33; Child (under 15yrs) $20; Pens / Student $30

Graeme Connors has never been easy to pigeonhole. His music is in a class all of its own.

But one thing that is universally acknowledged is that Graeme is one of Australia's finest and most prolific songwriters, and that his music has changed the way we see our country and its people.

Over the past couple of years, Graeme Connors has moved away from the Australian musical landscapes for which he is so well known — songs like "A Little Further North", "Cyclone Season" and "Let the Canefields Burn" — and headed more into the hidden territory of the heart.

"For me it's been a straight line — there wasn't a dramatic change in the music. But I gradually found that writing about emotional places and experiences inspired me more than painting musical pictures of Australia and what it means to be Australian," Graeme said.

Certainly Graeme's new album, The Moment, is a wonderfully perceptive exploration of the human heart and its foibles. Recorded in Nashville, it is an inspiring and exquisite acoustic recording that's been described as his most personal work so far.

The Moment has just been released on ABC Music's First Edition label, following closely in the footsteps of Graeme's first DVD, the intimate Up Close.

Further DVDs are planned for this year, including a special DVD-A version of Graeme's landmark album North and Graeme Connors … So Far and a Little Further, which will present music and video clips from his career to date, as well as some rare footage from his early days as a performer.

And Graeme is about to head out on the first leg of an Australia-wide tour that will take him to Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia and South Australia over the next five months.

It has been a remarkable journey for Graeme — one which began three decades ago, when — as the latest hot new 'discovery' — Graeme toured as the support act for Kris Kristofferson in 1974. The legendary American singer/songwriter was so impressed by Graeme that he produced his debut album, And When Morning Comes.

Successes over the next decade included co-writing a hit single for Jon English, "Hot Town", and being noticed by the late Slim Dusty, who recorded 12 of Graeme's songs — including the 1989 Song of the Year, "We've Done Us Proud', which won Graeme the first of his 11 Golden Guitars. Graeme became very close to Slim, and was invited to perform at his state funeral when the King of Country passed away last year.

But it was the release of the evocative "A Little Further North", from Graeme's first ABC album, North, that really attracted attention to Graeme's extraordinary way with words and melodies.

Released in 1988, North was a huge success, and with it Graeme began building a solid fan base that's continued to grow ever since, largely through an extensive touring schedule that's taken him all over Australia many times. The album has since gone platinum.

Graeme has certainly been prolific with his musical output. North was followed by semi-autobiographical South of These Days in 1989, then by Tropicali in 1991. He travelled to Nashville for fresh inspiration in 1992, a trip that led to the release of The Return in 1993.

While the criteria for the Country Music Awards of Australia made that album ineligible in January 1994, Graeme certainly made his presence felt the following year, after the late 1993 release of Homeland — intended as a low-key custom recording. Homeland really hit the mark with the fans and the country music industry, earning Graeme three Golden Guitars for Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year at the 1995 Awards.

The Here and Now came next in 1995, followed by The Road Less Travelled in 1996, One of the Family — Graeme's family-cum-Christmas album — in 1997 and the brooding and evocative A Delicate Balance in 1999.

The awards kept on coming too. The Here and Now garnered Graeme four Golden Guitars in 1996, for Male Vocalist, Song of the Year and Video Track of the Year (with "The Great Australian Dream" and Bush Ballad Heritage Song ("The Ringer and the Princess"), He went on to pick up two more Golden Guitars in 1997, taking out Album of the Year with The Road Less Travelled as well as Male Vocalist of the Year.

He now has three Gold albums — North, The Road Less Travelled and The Best … 'til now — and one platinum album.

During the Olympic year of 2000, Graeme featured in both the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Paralympics, for which he wrote the stirring theme song, "Being Here".

He was back on the sporting stage again in 2001, when he performed at the Goodwill Games Opening Ceremony in Brisbane.

That year, he also collected his 11th Golden Guitar, this time for a song co-written with, and recorded by, rising star Adam Brand, "Good Things in Life". And he released the "best of" album which he describes as "closing the first chapter of my career as a songwriter" — the remarkable collection The Best … Til Now.

But Graeme's 11 Golden Guitars are only the tip of the iceberg. He's also picked up two APRA song-writing awards, an ARIA Award (for The Road Less Travelled in 1997), two PPCA Awards for the most played country artist on Australian radio, two American Song Festival Awards, two MO Awards for live performance, and 12 Tamworth Songwriters' Association Awards, including the prestigious Song-maker accolade for his overall contribution to Australian song-writing.

His first album, North has gone platinum, while both The Road Less Travelled and The Best … 'Til Now earned him gold albums.

In 2002, to mark his recognition as a major figure in Australian music, he was invited by the Australia Day Council to be Tamworth's Australia Day Ambassador.


He also featured in his own half-hour documentary as part of the exceptional (and highly-rating) ABC TV series Heart of Country.

Graeme Connors' career at a glance …

Albums released
North (1988)
South of These Days (1989)
Tropicali (1991)
The Return (1993)
Homeland (1993)
The Here and Now (1995)
The Road Less Travelled (1996)
One of the Family (1997)
A Delicate Balance (1999)
The Best … 'til now (2000) Limited Edition
This is Life (2002)
The Moment (2004)

DVD - Up Close (2004)
DVD - Graeme Connors … So Far and a Little Further (in production for 2004)

Graeme Connors Live
Graeme Connors … So Far

Gold Albums
The Road Less Travelled
The Best … 'til now

Platinum Album

Major Awards
1975 American Song Festival Award
1976 American Song Festival Award
1986 APRA Award, "I'm Married to My Bulldog Mack"
1989 Song of the Year Golden Guitar, "We've Done Us Proud" (recorded by Slim Dusty)
1990 APRA Award, "A Little Further North"
1992 TSA Song-maker Award
1995 Song of the Year Golden Guitar, "Songs from the Homeland"
 Album of the Year Golden Guitar, "Homeland"
 Male Vocalist of the Year Golden Guitar
 TSA Media Song of the Year, "Songs from the Homeland"
 MO Award, Male Country Performer of the Year
1996 Song of the Year Golden Guitar, "The Great Australian Dream"
 Male Vocalist of the Year Golden Guitar
 Bush Ballad Heritage Song Golden Guitar, "The Ringer and the Princess"
 Video Track of the Year Golden Guitar
 TSA Media Song of the Year, "The Great Australian Dream"
1997 Album of the Year Golden Guitar, The Road Less Travelled
 Male Vocalist of the Year Golden Guitar
 ARIA Award, Best Country Album, The Road Less Travelled
 MO Award, Male Country Performer of the Year
 PPCA Award, Most Played Australian Country Artist (Radio)
1998 PPCA Award, Most Played Australian Country Artist (Radio)
2000 TSA Country Song of the Year, "These Uncertain Times"
 Victorian Country Music Awards, Song of the Year, "These Uncertain Times"
2001 Song of the Year Golden Guitar, "Good Things in Life" (recorded by Adam Brand)
 PLUS eight other TSA song-writing awards.


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