Known as the Godfather of Koori music, the Black Elvis and the Koori King of Country, honey-voiced Roger Knox revisited songs from his career along with rare gems written by Aboriginal artists at a special performance at the 2015 Sydney Festival.
For his Sydney Festival debut, Knox was joined by a full band including the album’s producer, Jon Langford of the Mekons.
Warrior in Chains was released on Enrec Records in 1998. The ROUSEABOUT RECORDS re-issue is now available digitally through iTunes and directly from Undercover Music via Mail Order.
The response to date from media has been exceptional; Roger is still well loved and respected. 4RR made Warrior In Chains
its Album of the Week for the last week in January and CBAA’s Good Morning Country hosted by Kevin Walsh is doing the same this month.
Listen our for Roger Knox on 4RR, Good Morning Country, Bar-B-Q Country with Tubby Dyer on todayscountry94one, Highland FM 107.1, 2SER, Radio 4PI 97.3FM Palm Island, Eastside Radio 89.7FM, Australian Country, Monaro FM, 5GTR, 2Maxfm 91.3, Country Roads, Radio Adelaide, Radio 1629am Newcastle, Bay FM 100.3, 90.1 Happy FM, 2NUR.
From the press archives:
Roger believes the future of Aboriginal people in Australia depends on developing understanding between black and white people.
“White people don’t know a lot about Aboriginal history, although I know a lot about white ways. It is important that this balance is changed. I’m all for reconciliation this year, and I think the majority of Kooris fell that way. If we can get some understanding between black and white communities, only good things can happen. I think I can partly achieve this through my music.” (Sun Herald, June 1988)
Roger Knox, the King of Koori Country, remains one of Australia’s best kept musical secrets. (SMH, July 1989)
Roger Knox and Euraba are not just the leading Koori band, they are simply one of the best bands in Australia. (Northern Daily Leader, January 1991)
Rouseabout Records remains committed to indigenous music having previously released
Best of Koori Classics which features Roger Knox, Nyalgodi-Scotty Martin’s Songman and the soundtrack to Around The Block.
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Another glowing review of Warren Fahey & Luke Webb’s The World Turned Upside-Down in the December edition of Country Music Capital News courtesy of Jon Wolfe.
Warren Fahey should be no stranger to Capital News readers for his informative writings and re-issues of some of our country music pioneers over the years. This CD will appeal to anyone who is deeply interested in where our brand of country music may have sprung from – who and what inspired the stories and the tunes that eventually formed rugged folk songs to bush ballads and even contemporary flavours. Focused around the many stories and songs that the Australian gold rushes inspired, it stands as an entity in its own right and as such should be required listening.
Check out ‘The World Is Now Turned Upside-Down’ and ‘Look Out Below’
Warren will also be going on the road in a two man musical play where he will perform the role of Banjo Paterson alongside Max Cullen’s Henry Lawson. Dead Men Talking written by the pair sees The Banjo and Henry in the Leviticus Bar & Grill in Heaven and talking (and reciting/singing) about their legacies. Fahey & Cullen will present the play over the next twelve months including the 2015 National Folk Festival. In March they will be playing in Taree, Port Macquarie, Forster, Kempsey, Bowraville and Tea Gardens. The soundtrack for Dead Men Talking will be released on Rouseabout Records.
Also over the next twelve months Warren will be performing his tribute to the ANZAC legend, WW1 – Diggers’ Songs & Stories. The (not so) Great War played a major part in the development of the Australian identity. It also produced songs, parodies, poems and humour that bolstered the morale of our soldiers. Accompanied by extraordinary photographic images this concert has already been performed at countless libraries (including the State Library of South Australia), festivals (it will be featured at the Fleurieu Festival, Adelaide, later this month) and is available with Warren Fahey solo or, preferably, with musical partner, Marcus Holden. The concert is available for any venue including home concerts and regional tours.
You can watch Warren performing ‘My Little Wet Home In A Trench'.
The World Turned Upside Down (RRR63) which includes a 20 page booklet is OUT NOW digitally through iTunes and on CD through MGM Distribution or directly from Undercover Music via mail order.
Look and listen out for The World Turned Upside-Down on BAY FM 100.3, Happy FM 90.1, Oz Country, 3PBS, ABC Local Radio, 2SER, 2bobradio 104.7fm simplyaustralia.net, COW FM, KIX FM Kingscote, 2MCE, Hobart FM, Radio Adelaide, 2NUR, 3MDR, 5GTR 100.1, Radio Port Phillip, ZFM & Power Country Network & Radio16 Homegrown Country, Radio 1629am Newcastle, Highland FM 107.1, 2MAX FM 99.3, Edge Radio 99.3FM, Country Roads One FM Shepparton, OPus-Music Country Radio, Illawarra Folk Club Radio, National Community Radio Network Folk Show and in and in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and Campfire News.
Diggers (RRH42) is OUT NOW on CD through MGM Distribution or directly from Undercover Music via mail order. It will soon be available digitally through iTunes.
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Cathie O'Sullivan will return to the stage in 2015 after far too many years as Dr Catherine Summerhayes, senior lecturer in Film & New Media Studies at the Australian National University.
A long time member of Warren Fahey's Larrikins and her own innovative ensemble, Summerhaze, Cathie was a familiar voice on ABC radio singing her beautiful interpretations of Australian ballads like 'Artesian Waters' and 'As Stock Goes By' alongside her self-penned compositions like 'Cameron Quarterman' and 'Silly Winds' . Cathie has dusted off her Celtic harp and revisited her favourite songs for a long overdue return. To celebrate Cathie O'Sullivan's contribution to Australian music Rouseabout Records will be releasing two compilations Silly Winds and Down By The Green Bushes in March.
Having performed at the Illawarra Folk Festival, TCMF and the Australian of the Year Ceremony in the ACT in January, Eric Bogle continues his latest round of touring with shows in SA, WA including Nanup Music Festival and NSW in the coming months.
Eric Bogle, “Australia’s premier poet of song” (Bob Crimeen, Sun Herald Sun) has announced his latest round of concerts.
It’s a no-brainer. When Eric Bogle is in town, do anything you can to get there. His music will make your heart sing.
(Anna Rose, Northern Daily Leader)
If you haven’t seen him live, put it on your to-do list and immerse yourself in the majesty of Eric Bogle and his music.
(Jon Wolfe, Cap News).
When Eric Bogle and his long time touring partner John Munro grace a stage – magic happens. What a joy it was to sit and watch a concert where every word that is being sung can be heard clearly above the music. Eric’s lyrics can make you think, make you laugh and even make you cry, such is the craftsmanship of this Scottish born legend, who has lived in Australia for 40 years.
(Robyn McIntosh, The Murray Pioneer)
Check out the gig guide above or Eric's website for more information
For more information on Eric Bogle’s releases on Rouseabout Records check out Eric's artist page.
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Stand Up & Shout!
STAND UP & SHOUT! (Hard-hitting songs for social change and a new Australia) was born of troubled parents: disappointment and frustration. Disappointment that our great country has seemingly abandoned its heard-earned values, turned its back on unionism, refused to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, incarcerated refugees seeking asylum, led us into undeclared wars, introduced draconian workplace legislation, sold our media and culture down the drain and encouraged rampant commercial greed. Frustration that we have not moved closer to a Republic, (other than the United States of America), and frustrated that we stand under a cloud of conservatism that defies our larrikin spirit of independence and fair play.
Unfortunately, this collection of thought-provoking songs is still as relevant today as when it was released in 2007.
Check out the latest edition of Undercover Radio to hear Bernard Carney’s ‘Refuge For A Refugee’. Carney performed earlier this month at Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Folk Club.
Meanwhile, legendary Australian singer-songwriter Mike McClellan who also appears on Stand Up & Shout! has made a welcome return to radio with the second single from his critically acclaimed album Dancing In The Rain - the title track, Dance In The Rain both available through MGM Distribution.
Stand Up & Shout! (RRR43) is available digitally through iTunes and on CD through MGM Distribution or directly from Undercover Music via mail order.
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FORTE – Golden Fiddlers
Congratulations to The GFA who celebrated ten years of Fiddle/ Violin recognition through the various nooks and stages of Australian & New Zealand players/ builders/ teachers/ tunes and beyond with a special show at the Capitol during last month’s TCMF.
In association with The GFA Rouseabout Records released Forte – Golden Fiddlers, An album of strung-out mayhem featuring Four Play, Marcy Taylor, CODA, Fiddlers Feast, Cin Cin, Mykl Lozin, Dirty Lucy and more
Forte – Golden Fiddlers (RRR44) is available through MGM Distribution or directly from Undercover Music via mail order.
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