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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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5 days ago

Graeme Connors

On the live performance front:

Music on the Murray in May has sold out. The next available event is NQ Country Rocks in August. This is the Festival that Mackay has been waiting for - so get your tickets, organise the weekend of the 20-23 August to be free of commitments, pack whatever you need and head to Mackay for a fabulous three days of Country Music.

Following NQ Country Rocks is the iconic Gympie Music Muster in the final weekend of August. This unique celebration of Australian Music is not to be missed! If you haven’t attended a Gympie Music Muster yet this is the year to do it.

The Rediscover Kimberley Frontier trip is also sold out so make sure you find your way to Savannah in the Round on the Atherton Tableland in the first weekend of October. This is a stunningly beautiful part of Australia and October is the time to be there.

Attached is a shot of Graeme recording a TV commercial for the NQ Rockin’ Country Festival and in the background you can see the promoter Geoff Baguley who has put his whole heart and soul into this Festival after weathering the turmoil of 2020… Thank you Geoff.
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On the live performance front:

Music on the Murray in May has sold out. The next available event is NQ Country Rocks in August. This is the Festival that Mackay has been waiting for - so get your tickets, organise the weekend of the 20-23 August to be free of commitments, pack whatever you need and head to Mackay for a fabulous three days of Country Music.  

Following NQ Country Rocks is the iconic Gympie Music Muster in the final weekend of August. This unique celebration of Australian Music is not to be missed! If you haven’t attended a Gympie Music Muster yet this is the year to do it.

The Rediscover Kimberley Frontier trip is also sold out so make sure you find your way to Savannah in the Round on the Atherton Tableland in the first weekend of October. This is a stunningly beautiful part of Australia and October is the time to be there.

Attached is a shot of Graeme recording a TV commercial for the NQ Rockin’ Country Festival and in the background you can see the promoter Geoff Baguley who has put his whole heart and soul into this Festival after weathering the turmoil of 2020… Thank you Geoff.

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Great work Graeme! Can’t wait for August! - Rob

Graeme Conors!

Wondered what happened to Hraeme

Very interesting. Would make August very busy

Come to Adelaide please

Trish Davis

Side hussle?

Geoff Baguley

Kath Clark

Are there any ‘just Graeme’ concerts planned for the north please?

Katy Matheson

Maree Courts

Wendy Coad....sounds a plan!

Ann Loeskow

Ruth Donnellan , Sarah Culham ...?

Ashleigh Grace Courtney McNichol Mackay in August!?!?

The very best of Irish luck in all your concerts Graeme, keep safe and keep singing 🇮🇪🎼🇮🇪

Maybe I should come up in August Annie? Be great to do a concert together!

Any details on the Mackay festival please? Is it an outdoor event? We hope to be in the area at that time.

All booked and can't wait for the ReDiscover Kimberley Frontier tour.

All the best to you Graeme.

Love your songs Graeme XXXX

Well done Mr. Connors

Beautiful voice

love your work xx

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2 weeks ago

Graeme Connors

The past weekend was ‘collection’ day from our very own bee hives - we have a traditional hive and an amazing Australian invention, the Flow Hive, here I am with Adrian and Brendan doing what we do.

On a Saturday morning several years ago the hive arrived in our garden and has been here ever since - we have been told our hive is the calmest, happiest, most intelligent and highest producing hive in the world (we aren’t biased?).

Last weekend we extracted over 25 litres from both hives - I have been speaking with Tanya Kernaghan and she is doing the same - the race is on Tanya!

We all need to protect and cherish our bees, because bees (and honey) are key to our and the planets survival - so for now take good care of each other and our bees…

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The past weekend was ‘collection’ day from our very own bee hives - we have a traditional hive and an amazing Australian invention, the Flow Hive, here I am with Adrian and Brendan doing what we do. 

On a Saturday morning several years ago the hive arrived in our garden and has been here ever since - we have been told our hive is the calmest, happiest, most intelligent and highest producing hive in the world (we aren’t biased?).

Last weekend we extracted over 25 litres from both hives - I have been speaking with Tanya Kernaghan and she is doing the same - the race is on Tanya!

We all need to protect and cherish our bees, because bees (and honey) are key to our and the planets survival - so for now take good care of each other and our bees…

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I do believe I’ve tasted some of your honey at the restaurant, it was delicious 💕

I got a hive in my backyard in December 2020. I talked about it for 30 years and finally decided to do it. I'm loving it so far, and so far the bees are doing really well. I hope to be able to collect some honey soon, but I just love watching the bees and checking the hive. My bees are busy as bees 😉 and I'm pretty sure one hive will not be enough for me. I want more. 🙂

Very cool. Saw the Australian Story on the Flow Hive blokes. Great success story. Hope you and yours are all well mate. 👍

Graeme...it would have to be your music that keeps them happy calm & intelligent. It works for me too...lol My son in law has a couple of hives he has with his fathers hives. We need to increase bee population, that’s for sure 👍🐝🐝🐝

Come on Andy if Graeme and the boys can do it so can you.

I have wanted to buy a flow hive ..so lovely to hear you have had such a great deal of success with yours Graeme. Does it produce as much honey as the conventional one I wonder?

Didn’t know you were a bee keeper. Marina works full time with a bee keeper. Have to swap stories next time you are down here.

well done!!!

When do you make the mead

Maybe you serenade them Graeme

Amazing!

A good songwriter , Talented singer, and a bee 🐝 keeper, nothing is better than natural 💯

That is so good! 👏😀

We have native bees.

Well done Graeme and Lyn - gotta protect our bees!

‘On ya Graeme! 💕

Good on you gc

Agree

what is the design of the flow hive ??? are you able to send af photos of design please

Lovely

Barbie would have sent them👍

Evidence that you are " Busy as a bee!!" Haha

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2 weeks ago

Graeme Connors

With 2021 now well underway, let's hope the year ahead gives us the opportunity to venture out on the road and do what we love to do once again.

Keep an eye out for news on the website and Facebook and hopefully we'll see you sooner rather than later at a show.

Of course every new year brings change and for us we'd like to thank Melissa Nixon for taking care of Graeme’s social media over the past years and wish her well in her new media role with a large local organisation… there are only so many hours in the day.

And with every farewell comes a welcome... so please meet our new social media management team who will be taking care of news and communication.
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With 2021 now well underway, lets hope the year ahead gives us the opportunity to venture out on the road and do what we love to do once again.  

Keep an eye out for news on the website and Facebook and hopefully well see you sooner rather than later at a show.

Of course every new year brings change and for us wed like to thank Melissa Nixon for taking care of Graeme’s social media over the past years and wish her well in her new media role with a large local organisation… there are only so many hours in the day.

And with every farewell comes a welcome... so please meet our new social media management team who will be taking care of news and communication.

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Hope you are back doing what you enjoy pretty soon. Things look glum for a return to normality here in the UK as we still have over a 1000 deaths a day because people don’t do what they are told.

Happy days ahead Graeme, I have recently moved from Toowoomba to Beachmere near Bribie Island, and was married to Neil Collier in November. We look forward to seeing and hearing you play somewhere near here in the future. Your "60 Summers" dbl album just about lives in my car, I love it! May God bless you all for 2021. Big hugs Sue (aka Toni McCann) & Neil. 👏👍🏝🏖

Hey Melissa, stoked we got to spend some time together in Tammie. Good luck in your new job. 🍾🥂

I really don’t think 🤔 Covid is over it will be like getting a shot every year and upgrading the shot because of the changes in Covid stay safe

Good luck Melissa & welcome new crew.. Hopefully se you Allin Rocky this year 🤞

Back in 2002 I was very extremely ill, to a point of no return. I was given time to live what was just 3 months. I lived on a remote cattle station west of Cooktown and was alone at the time. One morning at day break I got out of my bed and prayed that I could save my self by doing something constructive about what was killing me, it was my broken heart and shattered life. I looked at the rising sun as it appeared over the distant hill tops and gave thought to the very first day of my life in 1957. I played a song from a CD and turned the volume up full and danced on the dirt floor of my hut, to a song that completely turned my life around to a happy place of no regrets, of where I am today. "Sunrise" still brings tears to my eyes, and gives me the strength to continue to stay strong and enjoy each and every day as it comes. Thank you Graeme. I hope to meet you in Mareeba at the show to shake your hand. Charlie Martin.

Is Toowoomba on your list of places to play this year ??

Thank you Melissa Nixon hope you enjoy the new job xx

Graeme, looking as good as ever, you haven’t aged a bit ☺️

Laycock theatre Gosford needs you back 🙏🏻

Hopefully you’ll be back out in the Mulga one day

Hope we can catch up on Mackay Smokie

I just love, and can relate to Kimberley Frontier. 😊😊

Good on ya Charlie, you’ve helped me so much with your positivity thanks mate

Cheers & have a great year🌻🌹

Ooh by any chance Swan Hill Victoria on your list?🤗

Haven’t seen you in WA for a long time! Are you coming back? 😀. Please!

Well it’s hello and good bye. Hope you have a wonderful year along with everyone.

Count Katanning in, on your next tour. 😎

Wonderful news

Don’t mind who does it GC (good luck Melissa)... just as long as we keep hearing GC (& Lyn news!) Love from the Deeleys xoxo

All the best 👏🏻

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4 weeks ago

Graeme Connors

I was honoured to be asked to perform at the Australia day event.

Our region is home to so many hardworking and selfless people who make Mackay the great place it is. It’s wonderful to be able to acknowledge those who do so much for our community.

As a songwriter, Mackay has been the source of inspiration for many songs throughout my career. From ‘A Little Further North’ to ‘Mango Shade’, there are little pieces of Mackay in my songs. Mackay really is a wonderful place to live.

I hope all of those people nominated–the volunteers, sportspeople, coaches, artists, environmentalist and community champions–feel a strong sense of pride for the contribution they make to the community.
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I was honoured to be asked to perform at the Australia day event.

 Our region is home to so many hardworking and selfless people who make Mackay the great place it is. It’s wonderful to be able to acknowledge those who do so much for our community.

As a songwriter, Mackay has been the source of inspiration for many songs throughout my career. From ‘A Little Further North’ to ‘Mango Shade’, there are little pieces of Mackay in my songs. Mackay really is a wonderful place to live.

I hope all of those people nominated–the volunteers, sportspeople, coaches, artists, environmentalist and community champions–feel a strong sense of pride for the contribution they make to the community.

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Thank you allowing us the privilege of being able to listen to you for so long. It was amazing

Went to a Concert in Kingaroy (some years ago). You are a wonderful Australian and a fantastic talent. A real and tangible asset for Mackay. 🙂

It was truly special to be there watching you perform GC. Thank you so much for your love of our region & sharing that passion with the world!

Congratulations Graeme it would have been very special I would love to have been there to see it

Your songs and words sell Mackay. Sounds like an amazing region we need to explore, especially as os travel is off the agenda 😊 What songs did you choose to sing on Australia Day?

Hey Graeme! Congratulations! It’s been awhile since Rotary! Hope you and your family are safe and well! Cheers Mate!

Congratulations and well done 🎸

That's awesome! Congrats! You are a wonderful Aussie.

Well done Graeme, your lyrics paint pictures in our minds❤️❤️❤️❤️

Some people have amazingly wonderfull attributes

You are a great Australian Graeme Connors. Your music paints the pictures of our country in our minds. 💕

Awesome‼️enjoyed it immensely, especially the 2020 Covid song!! 👍

I enjoy your music Graeme 🎶

Love your songs! I went to your concerts here in Perth ...was a long time ago lol. One of my favourite songs is A Road Less Travelled. It is hard to pick a favourite though lol 😀

Wonderful you are one of a kind 😍

Have been to many of your concerts. Grafton, Yamba Ballina. You are the best story teller of music. When are touring the North Coast again?? LOVE LOVE your music. 🥰

I have always been a fan, even before I met you when I worked for Al Robins 👏

I heard you were awesome, lucky people 👏

🎸👏 Well done Graeme! You are a hero to us all .Hopefully We will get to see you in concert somewhere this year. 💏👏🎶🎸💏

Congratulations ❗When will your latest album be available on in shops?

Well done Graeme hope to see you in Tamworth 2022

Was a classy night with a classy entertainer 😁

Wonderful!

Love your music Graeme ...can you come to Maclean bowlo for a concert please

Best Australian Singer & Songwriter! Fantastic Graeme. 👏🥂

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2 months ago

Graeme Connors

The Christmas season for me, is all about hope, and hope is not a wish, it is an expectation.

The symbolism of new life, physically and spiritually, gives me the energy to close the book on the year that was and open another with the words, 'The Best Is Yet Come’ ringing in my ears.

We can’t experience triumph without disappointment so… why don’t you join me and the whole Connors Clan in our Christmas/New Year mantra 'THE BEST IS YET TO COME’.

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The Christmas season for me, is all about hope, and hope is not a wish, it is an expectation.

The symbolism of new life, physically and spiritually, gives me the energy to close the book on the year that was and open another with the words, The Best Is Yet Come’ ringing in my ears.

We can’t experience triumph without disappointment so… why don’t you join me and the whole Connors Clan in our Christmas/New Year mantra THE BEST IS YET TO COME’.

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I love that! I'll add it to my mantra of 'the universe has my back' Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Graeme and the Connors Clan, All the best for 2021💖

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from a distant relative xx

I wish you and your family a Very Merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year. Yes sir......"THE BEST IS YET TO COME" for sure.

Looking ahead, the best is yet to come.

Merry Christmas to you and all the family, mate. Looking forward to catching up over the break. Maybe a wee whisky🥃. 😊

Merry Christmas Graeme, Lyn and Family enjoy your day and what’s left of 2020.

Never said better Graeme, have a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

Best wishes for the season and the road ahead for you, Lynn and the Connor's crew.

merry christmas & happy new year Graeme & lyn & family may 2021 be a better year for you to get back on the road tour & making music

I hope the best is still to come too. Merry Christmas and God bless

Merry Christmas and thank you for your words of hope...The Best is yet to come....Happy New Year.

Merry Christmas Graeme Lyn and your family.Love Jenny and Finley.

Merry Christmas Graeme & Lyn, and your family. Best wishes coming your way from Norfolk Island, Leigh & Wayne 🎄🎄

Happy Xmas to you and you family

Wishing you and your family a brilliant Christmas with lots of love and plenty of food and good cheer.

I always looked forward to Christmas too, Graeme for similar reasons especially when we were farming. A chance for rain and a short break. May your family have a well deserved Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Year. 💥💥💥💥🎉🎉🏝🍀🎁🍻🥂☔️🎄🏝🎉🎉🎉💥💥💥

Dear Graeme, Lyn and family best wishes for Christmas and 2021 will be fabulous. It is a given the best is yet to come xx

Season greetings to you at all. And thank you for your entertainment.

Sorry merry Christmas and happy New year to you and your family young fella best wishes for the new year

Merry Christmas to you and your family. And YES the best is yet to come. Can’t wait to see you on tour again.

I used your 3 songs, One Life, The love I leave behind and the Road Less Travelled at my husband's funeral in November. I feel so sad because it seems all my happiness is in the past and thinking The best is yet to come, is very difficult at this time.

Merry Christmas & All the Best for 2021.

Every best wish for a peaceful Christmas and 'The best is yet to come' in 2021! Stay safe! 😘🎅😘

A new song title "the best is yet to come?" Chanelling our best wishes for a happy Christmas and to put 2020 behind us and flow into a great year of healing the people and healing the country . Happy Christmas Graeme and family...

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BIO

Bio

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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