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Kimberley Frontier

Official video clip of Graeme Connors performing ‘Kimberley Frontier’ from his new album ‘from the backcountry’.

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7 days ago

Graeme Connors

A disappointing day last week with the announcement that Tamworth Country Music Festival has been cancelled for 2021 due to restrictions. I've been searching for the perfect words that convey acceptance with positivity and optimism – sometimes it's difficult to see the silver-lining. The past seven months have certainly been challenging for the arts industry and we clearly aren't out of the woods just yet.

So the new year will be very unusual for me, it will be the first time in 22 years that I haven't travelled to Tamworth to present my show at the Town Hall, attend the Awards and catch up with friends and associates. I'm telling myself that this break will allow us all to slow down, take stock and invest our time and energy into making the 50th Anniversary of TCMF in 2022 truly unforgettable.

And while we currently have no concerts in place until the latter half of 2021, we have been contacted by several special interest travel agencies with a view to small group travel/performances in the new year. Watch this space... 👀

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A disappointing day last week with the announcement that Tamworth Country Music Festival has been cancelled for 2021 due to restrictions. Ive been searching for the perfect words that convey acceptance with positivity and optimism – sometimes its difficult to see the silver-lining. The past seven months have certainly been challenging for the arts industry and we clearly arent out of the woods just yet. 

So the new year will be very unusual for me, it will be the first time in 22 years that I havent travelled to Tamworth to present my show at the Town Hall, attend the Awards and catch up with friends and associates. Im telling myself that this break will allow us all to slow down, take stock and invest our time and energy into making the 50th Anniversary of TCMF in 2022 truly unforgettable.

And while we currently have no concerts in place until the latter half of 2021, we have been contacted by several special interest travel agencies with a view to small group travel/performances in the new year.  Watch this space... 👀

GC

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Re: Touring:So sorry to hear that Graeme. I SO enjoyed your Toowoomba concert in Toowoomba in 2019. 60 Summers dbl CD is permanently in my car, I just love it and probably will wear it out! Amazing songs, I love them all! Great memories of The Blue Mountains where we used to live (Beach House😄) Take care my friend, keep writing, you are awesome! Blessings to you and the family. ♥️ Toni (aka) Sue

It does seem a cruel irony that in the Covid restrictions and isolation we are all listening to more music than ever before but musicians and the industry are struggling. It will be fantastic when fans can support musicians at live performances again. Looking forward to a GC concert sometime in 2021!

I was just saying to a fellow musician who was a bit down about how sport seems to be getting a fairer go over the arts at the moment, the best you can do is try and write a song about it. I’m sure a well produced piece would capture the hearts and minds of all Australians and de well supported.

So they are cancelling next year's events before we even get into that calendar year? They must have a pretty good crystal ball and can tell the future.

From Tamworth to Africa to Ireland, sending ❤️ and positive vibes for a better 2021 🌍🇮🇪

Graeme a time to come back to Newcastle- Lizottes is good!! Need to hear your music live again, it’s been far too long!!

I go to your concert every year in Tamworth and I buy my elderly neighbour a ticket as a Christmas present ...but this year I will buy her dvds and cds. Tamworth will be quiet this year I won’t hear the Longyard music from my back veranda 😥😥

Better than being on a ventilator dude. You can move to America if you want. They're doing well. Not.

Graeme have you got a new CD out. I heard a song of yours recently which l hadn't heard before. But no announcer.

Thats sad to hear

Come to gladstone graeme you are allways welcome xx

I can feel a COVID song coming on

Stay strong 💗

Yep to many clouds around those small silver lining

You need to make a concert in the Cane fields

If anyone can, you can GC, make a song out of it for us.

Ben Hunter 😔

Hello Graeme, all is not lost! I had the pleasure of attending a performance of Bruce Mathiske's amazing guitar playing at Gunnedah Town Hall 5/9/20. The Gunnedah Conservatorium folk organised the show setting out the chairs for singles and families and a great night was had by all. You may have to allow for more than 1 concert in 2021. I will be booking my ticket nice and early. Good hunting , brother. Meg Kirby

I can't begin to imagine how you all feel...we are feeling bad that we can't attend performance etc that we choose to attend...but you guys can't even give those performances. I consider myself lucky that I work in an industry which is necessary and have to go to work every day! In the beginning I would have welcomed a few weeks/months off...but now I count my lucky stars! ❤❤ to you all out there who may not be so lucky.

I agree 2022 must be a very memorable event. Make it so very special, seeing that the 2021 event has now been cancelled.

Probably stuck in cyclone season in Mackay instead...😱❤️☮️ IMOATT... Playing, "Beach House in the Blue Mountains" ... In lieu of the cancelled TCMF 2021 😭

Listening to music makes life so much better Graeme, so keep singing those beautiful songs 😊 ❤

hope things get better for everyone. Jobs lost, lives lost all so sad.

Peter & Rhonda disappointed too GC. They may have called it too early but a lot goes into organising such a big event so can understand

Let’s hope the Gympie Music Muster for Aug 2021 will be on.

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2 weeks ago

Graeme Connors

SIGNED BY GRAEME CONNORS 💿

Looking for a thoughtful gift for a friend or loved one? Or just wanting to brighten someones day? ☀️ Any merchandise purchased through the online store during September will be signed by the one and only GC! 🖋 If you'd like your order personalised, send an email to publicity@panama.com.au with the recipients name and a short message.

Click the link below to start browsing the collection! 🛒

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SIGNED BY GRAEME CONNORS 💿

Looking for a thoughtful gift for a friend or loved one? Or just wanting to brighten someones day? ☀️ Any merchandise purchased through the online store during September will be signed by the one and only GC! 🖋 If youd like your order personalised, send an email to publicity@panama.com.au with the recipients name and a short message. 

Click the link below to start browsing the collection! 🛒 

https://graemeconnors.com/shop/

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🤔I would say 'I might be able to forge that one' but to be honest, I can't even forge my own Signature. 🤣 If any friends read this I'd love one.🥰

am loving the Concert to Camera DVD I need the others!!! 🙂

Have got them all and signed thanks Graeme looking forward to the next one

I wouldn’t mind seeing a vinyl reissue of each one.

I new copy of Up close is needed. The old one is worn out.

Definitely be ordering next week.

Daughter got me mine a few yrs back I’m definitely hinting for these ones 🎅 Marcelle Cidorious

Tayla Jans I mean it's never too early for an early birthday present 😉😍😂

Jane Pembroke... put in your order!!

Colin Deeley... Not sure what we could add to our collection 🙊❤️

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2 weeks ago

Graeme Connors

📹 THIS TIME

Beccy Cole, Rod McCormack and Gina Jeffreys came ‘a little further north’ to Mackay some years back for a co-writing session. We came up with ‘This Time’ and ‘Under A New Moon’. Two songs in two days – whew, wish I could do that more often! 😀

Make sure you check out Beccy’s versions of both songs.

Reminds me of how privileged I was to work with the incredibly talented Tim Wedde and James Gillard.

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Another beautiful song I'm missing your live performances but Another wonderful trip down memory lane ❤

Margaret Paine

Great artist

Wayne for you my love xx

Beautiful.

WOW

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3 weeks ago

Graeme Connors

🚨 ONLY 1 ROOM LEFT 🚨

If you've been thinking about it, now's the time to book! ✨Join me as we Rediscover Australia on this amazing Kimberley Frontier 12 Day Small Group Journey. ✨

Together we will visit the magnificent Cable Beach, drive the Gibb River Road, explore Windjana Gorge, Bell Gorge, El Questro, Kununurra, The Bungle Bungles, Fitzroy Crossing and experience amazing culture and live music along the way. 🎵

Departing 2nd September 2021 this tour is sure to be a sell out! For further information or a full itinerary, contact my friends at Chris Watson Travel on 1300 552 032 or info@chriswatsontravel.com.au

#holidayhere #doitinwa #rediscoveraustralia #buyfromthebush
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🚨 ONLY 1 ROOM LEFT 🚨

If youve been thinking about it, nows the time to book! ✨

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I did email Chris but haven’t heard Back

Trish Davis did you talk to Lyn

Catherine Long

Sarah Summers

Coralie Daly this would be fun!

Are you going Trish Davis?

Leanne Roberts

Reimann Family

So sad i can't go. Promise you'll send photos... and make me jealous.😂

Sorry everyone. That last room has been taken!

Wish i was going .

Chui Yuk here's a great trip for you.

Annie Churches would be great do something like this together!

Vicki Langtry

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3 weeks ago

Graeme Connors

📹 THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN DREAM

‘The Great Australian Dream’ came to life on a late Sunday afternoon in the bar of the Billabong Hotel in Cunnamulla. In those days we generally played six shows a week through regional Australia – Monday to Saturday and called Sunday a rest day, which really meant a long travel day! So, with six shows and a six-hour drive behind us and another six shows ahead, it was quite common for the band and crew to debrief at the nearest open bar. Luckily the Billabong Hotel had accommodation, so it was a very short walk for us all that day.

As I recall, there was a TV screen above the bar tuned to what was probably MTV featuring a series of clips of early rap hits. To be honest it was the last thing any of us wanted to hear at the time and we asked the bar attendant if they could change the channel. Well, changing the channel of a TV in a bar often requires a chain of command that would rival the effort required for a political party to make a simple decision! And while those wheels were set in motion we could see a group of local kids coming down the road bouncing a basketball dressed in exactly the same garb as the TV rapsters (baseball caps on backwards, Nike sand shoes – you get the picture). Well, it was all too much for me… sitting there in the bar in Cunnamulla – the heartland of Australia – surrounded by sounds and images of a culture that embraced the tough streets of New York or Los Angeles. I had the first verse in minutes.

Following our concert in Cunnamulla on the Monday, we made our way to other shows in Charleville, Blackall, Barcaldine, Longreach, Winton and Cloncurry picking up more verses as we went – the busload of city kids with the same baseball caps on backwards – all I had to do was keep my eyes open and the song wrote itself...

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I had just travelled to Central Australia and outback Queensland as a chaperone with a school group from my hometown here in Tamworth. When I first heard this track I thought Graeme you have nailed it. Spot on. This song was destined to be a hit. Brings back wonderful memories. Love it.

Graeme, one of my many favourites. It is intetesting to be privy to the thought process that creates such great tunes. Ed. 👍

Been on the road and listening to albums North and Homeland. Sooo good.

Saw you in 74 at Cloudlands between two bands and one of which was mine and got hooked immediately,you were young then but i knew what would eventually happen although it took longer than even i thought.Just such an awesome tunesmith with a heart on your sleeve.What a story book of life of one of a few Queenslander i love from NZ.

My kids love this. Always gets a run on the cd player in my ute.

No surprise it was a great hit - absolutely told it like it is.

a great song - thanks for the info on its origins 🙂

Absolutely love this song Graeme!!♥️👍♥️👍♥️

My favourite GC song. We were planing our Great Ausralian Dream road trip this year. Now on hold till next year.

Always great to hear the stories behind the songs we love 😘

Still remember you and the crew at the Fort when you were making that video clip

....and this song is why I love your music. It is such a well written song and the subject hasn’t changed except they wear their pants down around their knees now.

I always think of our 150 year celebration when I hear this song 💜

Great song Graeme xo 💕

I love this song so much , 1 of my favourites, top artist.

Another GREAT GC Song..👍👍👍👍👍👍

Great song no 2 on my favourite list it really tells a story

Matt Smith

Dana Dohmann Russell

Always knew you had a real life experience to your songs,love all your songs 🥰

Brenda McCarthy

Tegan Nuttall, Ria Nuttall, Heidi Bolton

This was the first Graeme Conners song I heard.love your work Graeme 👍

It's a great comment on how the US is influencing our culture. Well done

Great song by a Great Musician .

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BIO

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After more than 40 years in the Australian music industry, 19 albums, walls and mantelpieces full of awards, you’d be forgiven for asking Country Music singer/songwriter Graeme Connors, “Why? Why continue with song writing?”.

Albeit blunt, that question is met with laughter and humility… “I know it sounds ridiculous, but the truth is, I’m still searching for the perfect song.”

The perfect song, by Connors’ definition, has the perfect combination of lyric and melody. It’s a song that has amazing impact. It connects with people- it has a unifying power for a whole crowd.

Many would argue that his ‘perfect song’ hit the airways 30 years ago in 1988 with the release of ‘A Little Further North Each Year’ from his breakthrough album North. North was a huge success and went on to sell over 140,000 units in Australia. A success that came 12 years after the release of his debut album.

In 1974, at the age of 18, Connors opened for American singer/songwriter, Kris Kristofferson during his Australian tour. Kris was so impressed with young Connors, that he took him into the recording studio to produce his 1976 debut album And When Morning Comes.

As a songwriter, Graeme Connors has written an extensive and impressive catalogue of songs for other artists including John Denver, Jon English and Slim Dusty. He became a favoured songwriter of the late Slim Dusty, who recorded 12 of his songs including the 1989 Song of the Year, ‘We’ve Done Us Proud’, winning Connors the first of 14 Golden Guitars. Connors enjoyed a long musical friendship with the Country Music great. When he passed away in 2003 Connors was invited by his Slims wife Joy to sing ‘Amazing Grace’ at his state funeral.

Unlike many modern-day songwriters, Connors has that rare ability to simplify complex ideas, reflect on serious issues with a wry smile, and combine philosophy and humour in a way that regularly produces an approving ‘yep, that’s me’ nod from the listener. The ‘yep, that’s me’ effect is part gift, part the result of a lifetime honing his craft as a wordsmith (64 years and counting) and the rest, a genuine understanding of his subject matter.

In celebration of his 60th birthday in 2016, Connors released his career retrospective album, 60 Summers: Ultimate Collection. 60 Summers is a mixture of songs from the very beginning of his career through landmark albums such as The Return, The Road Less Travelled, This Is Life, The Moment and Still Walking. The album debuted at #1 on the ARIA Country Album Chart and the lead single, also titled ‘60 Summers’, spent three weeks at #1 on The Music Network Official Country Airplay chart.

Following the success of 60 Summers, Connors was inducted into the prestigious Roll of Renown (Australia’s Country Music Hall of Fame) in 2017 for his contribution to Australian Country Music. His name immortalised in stone in Tamworth, the home of Australian Country Music.

Successes aside, Connors believes in the saying, “you’re only as good as your last show”. And it’s that mentality that has kept him driven and relevant in an everchanging and competitive industry. He treats each new album in isolation – a new opportunity to better himself in both song writing and producing.

Graeme’s most recent album, from the backcountry, produced with multi award-winning Producer Matt Fell was released in 2018 and combines Graeme’s signature Country sound with elements of rock, blues and roots.
And, in that typical unassuming Connors way, he smiles and hints that ‘the perfect song’ could very well be ‘from the backcountry’.

BACKGROUND

Albums
And When Morning Comes (1976)
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)
And When Morning Comes (Deluxe Reissue) (1999)
The Best … ’til Now (2000)
This Is Life (2002)
The Moment (2004)
It’s All Good…More Of The Best (2006)
The Last Supperteers (2007)
Still Walking (2010)
At The Speed Of Life (2011)
Kindred Spirit (2013)
North- 25 Years On (2014)
60 Summers: The Ultimate Collection (2016)
from the backcountry (2018)

Gold Albums
North
The Road Less Travelled The Best … ’til Now

Platinum Album
North
Possibility
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”
1995 Album of the Year Golden Guitar “Homeland”
1995 Male Vocalist of the Year Golden Guitar
1995 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”
1996 Vocal Collaboration of the Year Golden Guitar “Slowly But Surely”
1996 Bush Ballad Heritage Song Golden Guitar “The Ringer and the Princess”
1996 Video Track of the Year Golden Guitar “The Great Australian Dream”
1996 TSA Media Song of the Year “The Great Australian Dream”
1997 Album of the Year Golden Guitar “The Road Less Travelled”
1997 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”
2000 Victorian Country Music Awards Song of the Year “These Uncertain Times”
1998 Wrote the Cowboys Theme song “The Cowboys are my Team”
2001 Song of the Year Golden Guitar “Good Things in Life” (recorded by Adam Brand) 2004 2001 Video Track of the Year Golden Guitar “The Simple Truth”
2005 Victorian Country Music Awards Song of the Year “Hard Decisions”
PLUS eight other TSA song-writing awards.
2009 Q150 Queensland Icon Award
2011 WARP Gold Medallion Award Qld Male Vocalist of the Year
2011 Golden Guitar for Male Artist of the Year
2011 Golden Guitar for Album of the Year “Still Walking”
2017 Inducted into the Roll of Renown (Australia’s Country Music Hall of Fame)

DVD’s
Up Close (2004)
Graeme Connors… So Far and a Little Further (2004)
Concert to Camera (2015)

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Australia’s Finest Singer-Songwriter

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