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- DescriptionFrom a profound and moving experience at an inma (community concert) at Uluru in 1981, Shane Howard created the song Solid Rock that passed into folklore and the Australian psyche. Undiminished by commercial success, he relentlessly pursued an artist's journey, in order to make sense of the story of a whitefella in an Aboriginal country. A journey that led through the heartbreak of one colonised country to ather. From whitefella Australia through Aboriginal Australia and inevitably to the bottomless well of inspiration from his ancestral country of Ireland. To the past and back again, to a new vision of Australia, he has pursued the artist's path. Along the way he has created a body of work that endures and inspires. Here are the fruits of that long, uplifting, often lonely and misunderstood, journey. All the faces and places are embedded in this compelling body of work, speaking as it does with the voice of an important addition to an evolving and emerging Australian tradition.
- Author BiographyShane Howard was born and raised by the Merri River in Dennington, near Warrnambool in South West Victoria. One of seven children, he was born into a musical family. His anthemic song, Solid Rock and the album, Spirit of Place (1982), with his band Goanna achieved substantial commercial success. He released two more Goanna albums, Oceania (1985), Spirit Returns (1998) and nine solo albums; Back to the Track (1988) River (1990) Time Will Tell (1993) Live in Ireland, Australia and New Zealand (1994) Clan (1996) Beyond Hope's Bridge (2001) Retrospect (2004) Another Country (2004) Songs Of Love And Resistance (2006) Driftwood (2009) on his Goanna Arts label. He has produced numerous albums for other artists, including Archie Roach, Jimmy Chi & The Pigram Brothers. His songs have been recorded by artists as diverse as Mary Black, John Farnham, Troy Cassar Daley & Seaman Dan. He is a recipient of an Australia Council Fellowship, PFFF Artist of the Year, 2005 and a patron of the Spirit of Eureka Committee. He is also a founding member of the Tarerer Festival and the internationally acclaimed Black Arm Band. Having travelled widely, he now lives with his wife and family, back in South West Victoria, in Killarney, Australia, just down the road from where his Irish Famine migrant great grandparents settled. Moonwer Gunditj country.
- Author(s)Shane Howard
- PublisherOne Day Hill
- Date of Publication01/05/2010
- SubjectMusic & Dance
- Place of PublicationCamberwell, EAST VIC
- Country of PublicationAustralia
- ImprintOne Day Hill
- Width150 mm
- Height230 mm
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