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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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3 weeks ago

Graeme Connors

Last week we took an early morning drive to one of my favourite locations in the Mackay Region.

Eungella, which I believe is Biri language for 'Land of the Clouds', is roughly 80kms up the Pioneer Valley and 700 metres above sea level, and as you will see from the photographs, certainly lived up to its name while we were there.

Broken River winds its way through the rainforest and is home to gregarious freshwater turtles and shy platypus. We were very fortunate to see a single platypus along the Crediton loop walk and it made our day.

If you happen to be on the road seeing Australia during these uncertain times make sure you add Eungella/Broken River to the list of must do’s - we were surprised at how few people were up in the 'Land of the Clouds’.
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Last week we took an early morning drive to one of my favourite locations in the Mackay Region.

Eungella, which I believe is Biri language for Land of the Clouds, is roughly 80kms up the Pioneer Valley and 700 metres above sea level, and as you will see from the photographs, certainly lived up to its name while we were there.

Broken River winds its way through the rainforest and is home to gregarious freshwater turtles and shy platypus. We were very fortunate to see a single platypus along the Crediton loop walk and it made our day.

If you happen to be on the road seeing Australia during these uncertain times make sure you add Eungella/Broken River to the list of must do’s - we were surprised at how few people were up in the Land of the Clouds’.Image attachmentImage attachment

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It's beautiful up there, even though it's been 25 years since I visited, I still recall it. It also reminds me that on that same trip to Mackay I was fortunate enough to meet, and have lunch with, yourself and Lyn, with a good friend of mine, who had introduced me to your music.

I love that country. Thanks for the pics. I still love Kimberley Frontier. 😃

Hi We will always be grateful to you lending us a vehicle to visit around Mackay .Eungella was certainly a stand out location.Beautiful scenery amongst the clouds and forest.

One of my top 5 places in Australia..its just a beautiful spot..spotted a few of the local residents in different locations and great memories of my then 3 year old reaching up to touch the sky and clouds ( low lying fog) .

I’ve been in Mackay now for just over 6 years, have heard about this place, but have not see it, might take myself for a drive and go have a look......

Loved visiting Eungalla when we lived in Mackay. So much cooler in summer!!

Wow! 🌈 That's amazing that you spotted a platypus. Love your fashioning of words in your description. Can't wait to hear your other words at 'Heading North' on Sunday. 'Jukebox Musicals'; Rock of Ages, Mama Mia, Heading North... next world tour? 👏💓

Graeme Connors we were raised on the family dairy farm at crediton. Beautiful slice of the world up there. Great to hear you all enjoyed your visit. It holds a special place in my heart. 💖

Hi graham, I was bought up at Finchhatton, we used to go up to eungella, with our grandparents, sitting in the back of there Landrover Ute . Was cool , Air , going up to the range . Was only place to go in the school holidays . Can’t wait to do another trip up there .

I grew up on a farm at the foot of Eungella range and as kids we used to walk up the range on weekends and walk the bush tracks up top. Thanks for posting, I haven’t been back for a few years and love the area.

Love going up to Eungella for drive and look around and dine. Whenever we have friends come up this way for a break Eungella is always on our list of places to take them.

Love it up there. Have visited Eungella a few times.

Next time, please let us know Graeme. We have a great hang out in Crediton and would love to show you around x

Certainly is a beautiful spot.

The place I first saw a platypus in the wild ❤️ fantastic place 😀

Been there twice, and it is beautiful. We did get to see a platypus.

We spent time there on a road trip last year. A beautiful spot

An amazing place to visit!

A great day out! Yes, spotted a platypus up there, too. 🤩

Řemember the wild raspberries growing on the roadside we would eat on the way up!!

A childhood favourite. Glad you spotted the elusive celebrity!

I hope it is recovering well after the fire 💚

Looks such a beautiful place. You certainly live in a stunning and lovely country Graham.

Land Of The Clouds, Graeme there's a song there and a perfect song title!

Eungella holds such special memories for us and is still one of our favourite places - that view ❤ An artist’s paradise!

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4 weeks ago

Graeme Connors

'Travelling the world in a wine glass' took us to Israel last Thursday night - and what a thoroughly enjoyable experience it was.

From well documented production during Old Testament times, through the prohibition centuries of the Ottoman Empire, The Crusades revival, and finally the de Rothschild Family’s modern redevelopment, Israel produces world class wines from classic varieties.

The Negev desert Pinot Noir gave us an indication of the resilience of this much loved grape in extreme conditions, The Golan Heights /Galilee Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot were fabulous, and the Judean Hills Cabernet Sauvignon was spectacular.

Head Chef Alex once again excelled in matching Israeli inspired cuisine with the wines - next Wine Dinner is Thursday September 23 - see you there!

Thank you to the dedicated Society participants for their ongoing enthusiasm - it certainly keeps me focussed on the joy of continuing discovery of the influence of terroir…

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Lucky to be currently enjoying the many unique wines of Georgia. The Georgians have been at it for over 8000 years. BTW the Ottoman's only prevented Muslims from drinking wine in Palestine, and Christians and Jews from selling it to them. There are also some good wines on the other side of the occupied territories in Jordan. Best wishes and cheers.

Looks wonderfully interesting Graeme, a gastronomical delight, with such an interesting selection of wines.

Wow

Will get there one day mate, y’all stay safe

Graeme, Dorrie is enjoying your travels. She will never forget that FaceTime call, the chat and your song. You made a dear lady very happy. We as her friends can never thank you enough ❤️

Looks amazing 🤩

Was an amazing experience, look forward to the next journey

I love your style

Wow! Fabulous❤

Excellent GC 👏🌟

I'll drink to that GC! 🍷

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1 month ago

Graeme Connors

So excited that July 9th is fast approaching. Like all theatrical projects the ‘opening night’ for Heading North seemed so far away for so long and then…

From first exposure to Joel’s vision and reading Samantha’s script, through sharing song selection and casting/production details, it has been a delightful journey.

Like everyone in the audience on Friday July 9th and succeeding performances, I will be filled with anticipation and wonder at where my songs have taken the team.

To have the support of the MECC and The Mackay Festival of Arts for the workshop performance of this truly ‘local’ production is both heart warming and humbling.

On opening night you can be sure the bloke with the beaming smile who is singing along with every song will be none other than me!
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So excited that July 9th is fast approaching. Like all theatrical projects the ‘opening night’ for Heading North seemed so far away for so long and then… 

From first exposure to Joel’s vision and reading Samantha’s script, through sharing song selection and casting/production details, it has been a delightful journey.

Like everyone in the audience on Friday July 9th and succeeding performances, I will be filled with anticipation and wonder at where my songs have taken the team.

To have the support of the MECC and The Mackay Festival of Arts for the workshop performance of this truly ‘local’ production is both heart warming and humbling.

On opening night you can be sure the bloke with the beaming smile who is singing along with every song will be none other than me!

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Looking forward to the show on the Saturday night Graeme!

So wish I could fly over from the UK to be with you. Have fun as this is my late mum’s birthday so will be thinking of you both.

Congratulations about time Mky paid homage to its favorite son 💥☄️💫

Are you coming South at all soon Graeme? Shoalhaven would love to see you! And so would I <3

Wish I was home in Mackay to see it!! 😩

sounds great!! wish I could be there...congrats !

Take the road less travelled, and spread the music.

so wish I could share this experience - wishing all the best

I wished I had of known about this sooner.

Any plans to return to Melbourne or closer to Victoria.

Any further info? Couldn’t find it on the mecc site??

💕

Please come to Maclean Graeme

Shame we don’t live closer ❤️

Just the best!😊👍

I'm sure it will be fantastic.

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2 months ago

Graeme Connors

A year without The Tamworth Country Music Festival was unthinkable - but it happened!

Let’s not dwell on it - let’s make up for the year we missed with an even bigger 50th.

Graeme Connors is ‘back from a short break’ - 3:00pm Friday January 21 in the historic home of Australian Country Music - Tamworth Town Hall-tickets on sale now!

Australia’s finest singer-songwriter delivers Classic’s, Favourites and New Songs, with two years worth of energy crammed into two hours.

See you there.
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A year without The Tamworth Country Music Festival was unthinkable - but it happened! 

Let’s not dwell on it - let’s make up for the year we missed with an even bigger 50th.

Graeme Connors is ‘back from a short break’ - 3:00pm Friday January 21 in the historic home of Australian Country Music - Tamworth Town Hall-tickets on sale now!

Australia’s finest singer-songwriter delivers Classic’s, Favourites and New Songs, with two years worth of energy crammed into two hours.

See you there.

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Are we going next year Lenore Gay???

Kylie Gibson

I feel that Graeme, right from when I first listened to his music, was and is the most underrated Aussie talent. I feel it's though the powers to be have made a point not to give him the credit he so well deserves

Kaitland Parker we have tickets!! Can. Not. Wait!

I Can't think of a better venue! See you there!

Please come back to Gosford

Will you be writing a new song about Covid 🎶🎶🎶🎶

Purchased tickets this morning. Can't wait for January to come around. Stay away covid. All the best from Maree and Graham in Muswellbrook.1

I'm still waiting for you to come to Ballarat xx

Come back to Maclean please Greame

I think we should 👍

true blue

Nerilyn Clasie

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2 months ago

Graeme Connors

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No prize for guessing what I got up to on the weekend! Thanks to the team for making it feel like fun 😅

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Good onya mate. Lead the way forward so everyone including entertainers, support crews, businesses in small towns and villages can all get going again - without interruption or more lockdowns. Go you good thing Graeme Go.

did you bring your own band-aid Graeme ?

Brilliant but we're are the masks? Think I'm paranoid 😂🤣🌏love from England 🌏

We knew you could do it Graeme. Love to all Maggie xx

Well done Graeme, having mine on Monday. 👍

I've had my two Pfizer shots here in Tennessee. I'm heading home next week and hope to see one of your shows Graeme

Well done did they give you a lollypop?

Had #1 Covid and flu jab 2 weeks after. #2 end of July.

There has to be a song needling you about this!

Well done Graeme. I had my first in April. 💉 😀

I got a flu needle on Saturday. Covid needle in a fortnight time

Good on you Graeme Connors. Hopefully the emerging cases on the Sunshine Coast will prompt more people to take things seriously.

... and not a tear in sight. Good on you Graeme.💉

Congratulations mine on Thursday.

Good man Graeme leading by example 🇦🇺👍😎👍🇦🇺

I’ve given up even trying to get vaccinated.

Well done Graeme

We had our second jab on Monday all done no problem

Mines coming 6th July !! So slow down here !! 6 week wait 🙄

Well done Graeme, I’m an oldie so getting my second in a couple of weeks😜

Hope you got a Mickey Mouse band aid Graeme Connors 👍🏻👍🏻

Had mine about 4weeks ago ,hope it went well

Good work

We'll done Graeme 😀

Do it again without hiding the needle

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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)

Graeme Connors

Australia’s Finest Singer-Songwriter

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