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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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2 weeks ago

Graeme Connors

🎵 DOTTED LINE

Somewhere in the early 2000’s I was on tour and heard the song ‘Dotted Line’ on ABC Radio. I loved it immediately – I guess it was the travelling metaphor that spoke to me as I was driving literally all over Australia at the time.

I phoned the legendary Bill Riner, Program Director of Music at ABC Radio to find the recording was by Andy McDonell Contraption off the album Snapshots. Andy had co-written the song with Brian Cadd – another of my favourite Australian songwriters.

When I decided to commit to the 'Kindred Spirit’ project (and record a whole album of songs written by other Australian songwriters) in 2012, 'Dotted Line' was at the top of the list.

Do yourself a favour and find whatever Andy McDonell music you can – he is an eccentric and eclectic songwriter and recording artist who has never really received the attention he deserves.

GC

To listen to 'Dotted Line' click the link ➡️ open.spotify.com/track/5i1348vzpIFszuKYgZQ8iw?si=K1RpnkfIQn61ds3j4N655Q
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Despite these songs not being GC written, this was an awesome album non the less.

2 weeks ago

Graeme Connors

RARE OPPORTUNITY! 🎫 A room has become available for the Kimberley Frontier 12 Day Small Group Journey!! 👏🏻

For further info contact Chris Watson Travel on 1300 552 032 or info@chriswatsontravel.com.au

But don't delay, this one won't last long! ✨✨✨
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RARE OPPORTUNITY! 🎫 A room has become available for the Kimberley Frontier 12 Day Small Group Journey!! 👏🏻

For further info contact Chris Watson Travel on 1300 552 032 or info@chriswatsontravel.com.au

But dont delay, this one wont last long! ✨✨✨

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Helen Clifford

Definitely interested if it’s still available for a couple.

Is this a double or a single spot ?

Oh that sounds so good , we were up thete in august last year was pretty warm, be a bit warmer in september

Chui Yuk.......this trip would blow you away.

Suzanne Taylor I can see you enjoying yhis

Charlie Gilbert

Stacie Pullen

Therese Duncan

Kristy Collins

Vicki Langtry

Helen Standage

Justin Cornell

Maureen McGovern

Damo Agius

Lyn?? One for you??

Rodney Trezise One day???

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3 weeks ago

Graeme Connors

📹 THE LOVE I LEAVE BEHIND

Around 2005, while I was recording some new songs in Brisbane with Mark McDuff for the album 'It’s All Good’, I found myself regularly listening to local Brisbane radio while I drove the hour or so to and from the studio each day. I particularly found myself enjoying songs by fellow Australian Songwriters – some well-known, others not so, but all having that certain natural Australian-ness that is hard to define but easy to recognise. In fact, I enjoyed it so much so that I eventually hatched a plot to record an album dedicated to great Australian Songs and Songwriters. We actually recorded “I’ve Got a Plan” by My Friend The Chocolate Cake during the ‘It’s All Good’ sessions and it appears on that record as a link of sorts to what I was planning for the follow-up to ‘It’s All Good’.

Then, as chance would have it, Mark McDuff and his family moved overseas to live for a few years, so the project was put on the back burner. I went into the studio with Matt Fell to record the albums ’Still Walking’ and 'At The Speed of Life’. 'Still Walking’ brought home 𝐴𝑙𝑏𝑢𝑚 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑌𝑒𝑎𝑟 and 𝘔𝘢𝘭𝘦 𝘈𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘴𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘠𝘦𝘢𝘳 awards in 2011. ‘At The Speed of Life’ broke new ground critically and commercially so it seemed obvious to ask Matt to produce the Album of Australian Songs and Songwriters that eventually became known as 'Kindred Spirit'. Along the way I enlisted the assistance of my good friend and walking encyclopaedia of Australian Music Glenn A Baker to steer me in my quest to find the best of the best of the Australian repertoire to revisit and hopefully shine a new light on. 'The Love I Leave Behind’ written by Allan Caswell and Drew McAlister was the last inclusion on ‘Kindred Spirit’ – I sent it to Matt literally on the morning of recording. All the songs were reinterpreted by Matt without reference to the original recordings and it’s an album I can and do listen to again and again to celebrate twelve great Australian Songs and the wonderful songwriters that created them.

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I first heard this song on Mackay radio not long after my father passed and I just loved the words and sentiment. When my mother passed last year, I shared the song with my family and we agreed to include in our mums service ❤️❤️

I have chosen it for one of my funeral songs also. It is one of your best Graham.

“You learn more from getting it wrong than you ever do getting it right”, the best line ever! So true in life.

Wonderful words and music one of my favs thanks Graeme

Beautiful album! "I've Got A Plan" is one of my fave songs ever, we should've done that one too!!

Me too. I had no idea Graham had recorded it. Coming from Rocky it had extra meaning:)

You are an amazing person Graeme 😊

Have you been writing/experimenting with anything new of late?

Beautiful song and wonderful lyrics. Everyone should live by these words.

Great words in that so g - very meaningful.

Thanks

Katy Matheson

Its a great song😍

Ken Stapleton

This is the most beautiful song. It reminds me of my dad - I plan to play this at his funeral. ( hopefully many years away) - he makes the world a better place with the love he will leave behind. Strong and silent - it is my dad too a tee. Thank you for this most beautiful song

I love this song Graeme, maybe play it at my funeral too, love the whole album 60 Summers.♥️♥️ 🤩👍

I love so many of your songs GC, but this one is truly my favourite, gives me shivers every time. Beautiful words beautiful harmony... great work GC, Allan Casswell and Drew McAlister.

love this song and Graeme Connors song and music

My absolute favourite 💕makes me feel so connected to my dad. I love hearing you sing this, such special memories.

Yeh. I clicked on to listen to his song. Then I clicked onto another one in the right hand column Then a few more Does anyone else have this problem I’ve got to go, things to do. Cheers all

Also a favourite of mine. ❤️

One of my favourites ❤️

Lovely

Thanks Graeme, we need this song right now.

Beautiful lyrics. Thank you Graeme Connors

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3 weeks ago

Graeme Connors

📝 A BLESSING IN DISGUISE

Was going through my writer’s diaries recently and came across the first draft lyrics of ‘A Blessing in Disguise’ – thought I’d share them with you to give a bit of insight into the creative process. Note the start time was 4:30am on Tuesday February 10 1987!

The second draft on the next page (start time 5:00am!) in my diary is close to the final lyric. I also note that I attended the Jimmy Buffett Concert on Thursday 12th February 1987 – I wonder if there was some subconscious ‘Buffett' inspiration with the baseball note…

GC

Note: To watch a live recording of 'A Blessing In Disguise' click the YouTube link below here 👉🏻 youtu.be/-ZwsIr1ZRwg
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📝 A BLESSING IN DISGUISE

Was going through my writer’s diaries recently and came across the first draft lyrics of ‘A Blessing in Disguise’ – thought I’d share them with you to give a bit of insight into the creative process. Note the start time was 4:30am on Tuesday February 10 1987!

The second draft on the next page (start time 5:00am!) in my diary is close to the final lyric. I also note that I attended the Jimmy Buffett Concert on Thursday 12th February 1987 – I wonder if there was some subconscious ‘Buffett inspiration with the baseball note…

GC

Note: To watch a live recording of A Blessing In Disguise click the YouTube link below here 👉🏻 https://youtu.be/-ZwsIr1ZRwgImage attachment

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💕this song! Feeling a little disappointed we aren’t enjoying your music on the Murray, but given Victoria’s gloomy weather, postponement might be a blessing in disguise!

I love the way your songs have a story unlike today's modern music that are written by multiple writers and lordy knows how many producers and the songs consist of only a handful of words which in most cases are repeatedly incessantly .

I'm very impressed with the beautiful writing Graeme. Some years ago, my now 19 yr old grandson was so impressed by my (as we say) running writing. He thought I was very clever. To me and most of us (way back then) it is the easiest, but recently someone wrote that when he tried it, and it made his hand sore?? (Something like that!!)

I am currently up and its 4.30...A..I am only thinking of coffee...B.No way could I even think of writing so neatly and C...Thanks for the insight...My knees have been a Blessing in Disguise for 50 years,and I thought it was fear of surgery..

You song writers amaze me, so very ,very talented!

Love this song and I like the Tyre repair note as well, means that life rolls on around the creation of a song, thanks for sharing mate🖐🏽

That looks like you wrote it with an actual pen on an old school paper diary. I did not realise how good the Apps were back in 1987, it looks so cool. That handwriting font you used even has proper chook scratching deletion. Did you share it with all your friends with a photo and how many likes did it get?

Thank you for sharing all these insights.

A terrific song-love it.

Another one of my favourite GC songs. Just love the words and meaning

I love these words, Ellie Clare you were 2 when it was written

It is just fantastic to read this, I have enjoyed this song now for nearly half my life. Kind of weird. Thank you

Love that song.

I hope you didn’t miss your lunch with Rod 😬

As I read your words ‘A Blessing In Disguise’ played in my head 🙂

Now that’s a concert I would like to have seen. JB in 1987 who wasn’t into him?

Another one I have always loved!

Very cool. Great song Graeme. 👍

How many songs have you written Graeme?

Great song and so interesting to see the song writing process. Thank you Graeme for sharing it.

Enjoyed reading this, thanks for sharing. 🤗

I think it was a push nothing more.

Much neater than my songbook!

Thankyou so much for sharing Graeme🙏🙏😀

Still one of my top 5 favourite songs of yours ❣️

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1 month ago

Graeme Connors

OFFER EXTENDED UNTIL 31 OCTOBER 🎉

Due to high demand, we have decided to extend our offer of free signing for all merchandise purchased through the GC online store until the end of October! If you'd like your order personalised, send an email to publicity@panama.com.au with the recipients name and a short message.

Ps. Did you know all of GC's live performances shared on Facebook are from DVDs available to purchase through the store?✨💿 Click the link below to start browsing! 🛒

graemeconnors.com/shop/
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OFFER EXTENDED UNTIL 31 OCTOBER 🎉

Due to high demand, we have decided to extend our offer of free signing for all merchandise purchased through the GC online store until the end of October! If youd like your order personalised, send an email to publicity@panama.com.au with the recipients name and a short message.

Ps. Did you know all of GCs live performances shared on Facebook are from DVDs available to purchase through the store?✨💿 Click the link below to start browsing! 🛒

https://graemeconnors.com/shop/

Comment on Facebook OFFER EXTENDED UNTIL...

Thanks for signing my DVD Graeme,even more special now🎶🎶

I've played the 2 DVDs non-stop since receiving them - thanks for the signatures Graeme Connors 🙂

Just ordered 'Tropicali' after my very first CD is 'worn out'! Looking forward to a signed brand new 'Tropicali' always my fav!! 😊👍😊

I’ve received my gift and it was absolutely lovely. Thank you Graeme Connors

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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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