Created and performed by Archie Roach, accompanied by musicians Steve Magnusson and Sam Anning
In his final national tour ever, legendary songwriter, ‘voice of the Stolen Generations’ and 2020 Victorian Australian of the Year, Archie Roach AM will bring his brilliantly reviewed new memoir and album, Tell Me Why to the Bowery.
Roach voices the joy, pain and hope he found on his path through these songs to become the singer-songwriter and storyteller that he is today. Archie’s career has spanned three decades. His work has been recognised locally and internationally, in mainstream and indigenous circles. His music speaks the stories of his people, of this land and of the human condition.
His new memoir Tell Me Why (Simon and Schuster) is an intimate, moving and often confronting account of his resilience and strength of spirit, and also of a great love story. It’s an extraordinary odyssey of love and heartbreak, family and community, survival and renewal – and the healing power of music.
The companion album Tell Me Why (Bloodlines), considered Roach’s 18 song ‘magnum opus’, re-imagines eleven songs which have defined his extraordinary career, together with two songs, previously written but never recorded, two songs of early-influence and three brand new recordings.
Archie Roach has been making records since 1990 and along the journey has received many accolades including a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), along with a Human Rights Achievement Award, five ARIAs, and an APRA Lifetime Achievement award. He has shared the stage with Patti Smith, Paul Simon, Joan Armatrading, Rodriguez and the late, great Leonard Cohen.
His ARIA-winning debut album, Charcoal Lane, was named one of Rolling Stone Magazine’s Top 50 albums of 1992. It was centred around Roach’s heartbreaking song, “Took the Child Away,” a deeply affecting ballad about his own experience as one of the “Stolen Generations” of First Nations children who were often forcibly removed from their parents and communities and placed in non-indigenous institutions and homes.
"Some songwriters wrap themselves in cloaks, whether of enigma or inanity, and some bare their souls. Then there’s Archie Roach" – SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
Image by Adrian Cook