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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

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.

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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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Hope it happens for you down there, then come home and do it here for us please?

Hope we can be there to see you. 🤞🤞

Live stream for the rest of us?

Would love to see you in Warwick Qld Graeme Connors

Geraldine Burgess

Please come to Maclean Greame

Viccy Tickle

all the best!

Trish Davis

I wish!

Fingers crossed

Andrew Hartley

Love it!❤️

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1 month ago

Graeme Connors

After so many live performance cancellations and postponements since February 2020 it's incredibly uplifting to know that NQ's Rock'n Country is going ahead! I'm so excited that this Friday at Mackay Showgrounds I'll be stepping on stage to once again do what I do. Make sure you get your tickets and show your support and thanks to the local Promoter and Sponsors for having the courage and commitment to go ahead with this premiere Festival in a COVID safe environment. GC ... See MoreSee Less

After so many live performance cancellations and postponements since February 2020 its incredibly uplifting to know that NQs Rockn Country is going ahead! Im so excited that this Friday at Mackay Showgrounds Ill be stepping on stage to once again do what I do. Make sure you get your tickets and show your support and thanks to the local Promoter and Sponsors for having the courage and commitment to go ahead with this premiere Festival in a COVID safe environment.  GC

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Great interview on Saturday Night Country with Beccy Cole. Always enjoy your stories and that was a classic! To think it could have been you dressed as a cowboy, all in white with rhinestones on your shirt, riding a white pony!

We were coming, had tickets, just to see you, but due to you know what, we cant make it, have a great time and upload some performances on utube xxx

Would love to get up there for what looks like a great show. Great lineup (you, James, Troy, Ian, etc) and would love to see you perform live - CD's are great but don't have the same impact. Unfortunately, if you live in NSW, unless your a footballer or rich you are not welcome in Queensland.

Wish we could be there Graeme. SOOOO disappointed about Kimberley trip.

Great news Graeme I have followed you for years and have been to many of your shows and have met you...beautiful man great voice...

Have an awesome time all. Wish I could have made it. Alisonxxx

best wishes for a great evening

sounds like a fantastic show all the best x

Would love to be there. Enjoy 😉

We will be there as we are some of volunteers

That’s fantastic Graeme Connors . What a lineup to play with. Have a blast. 🎵 🎸

Did you get to this Annie Churches? I so wish I could have made the trip! 😊🎶

Awesome performance Graeme…

Wish I could be there!

Can it be live streamed for a a price

👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

We will be there 😀😃😄

Great news Graeme Connors 👏

Wish I was there 🎸😀

Please come back to Canberra when this pandemic is sorted.

Ally Roberts Cameron Roberts I'm sure you have your tickets already!!!

I wish. Yours sincerely, NSW.

Sean Wade

Aimee Wade

Great lineup. 💜

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2 months ago

Graeme Connors

Very sad to report that Tom LeGarde has passed away in his adopted ‘hometown’ of Nashville, two years after the death of his much loved twin brother Ted.

The LeGarde Twins were born in my hometown of Mackay Queensland and were ‘larger than life’ early Australian country music pioneers.

Tom and Ted had an international perspective long before it was ‘cool’ and I recall on my first visit to Nashville in the early ’90’s how they generously took me to meet everyone who was anyone at that time in Music City.

Being stars in the early years of the American Country industry they looked the part and dressed the part while always proud of their Australian roots.

The LeGarde Twins earned their place in the history of Country Music for the courage and tenacity to pursue their dreams on the world stage.
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Very sad to report that Tom LeGarde has passed away in his adopted ‘hometown’ of Nashville, two years after the death of his much loved twin brother Ted.

The LeGarde Twins were born in my hometown of Mackay Queensland and were ‘larger than life’ early Australian country music pioneers. 

Tom and Ted had an international perspective long before it was ‘cool’ and I recall on my first visit to Nashville in the early ’90’s how they generously took me to meet everyone who was anyone at that time in Music City.

Being stars in the early years of the American Country industry they looked the part and dressed the part while always proud of their Australian roots.

The LeGarde Twins earned their place in the history of Country Music for the courage and tenacity to pursue their dreams on the world stage.

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We took Dad over to Nashville to see them (his brothers) in 2010. RIP Uncle Tom 💙

Farewell country music legends. I remember the media reporting on Tom and Ted LeGarde leaving Mackay to follow, and live, their dream. Their niece has a photo taken when her father visited his brothers, in Midland, Texas. With them in the picture is George W Bush before he became Governor and then US President.

My mother was a close friend of Billy LeGarde …. Their brother who lived in Eimeo until his death. He was always very proud 💕. Thanks for sharing Graeme.

Was luck enough to meet Tom in his bar in Nashville and he was only too happy to meet people from his home town. Totally gracious! RIP

Condolences to all family members in Mackay. I remember people talking about them when I was growing up and working in Mackay. My brother Paul, thinks our dad, Clive Rollings, did some tailoring for them when they were young fellas!

We stayed with Tom and Dianne when we went to Nashville. Max used to visit with them when he went to Nashville. It’s nice to see the Country Beat newspaper.

Rest in Peace Tom and Ted. I remember them as a child, my dad (Curly Joe) and mum (Pauline) used to visit their brother Bill and Ruby quite often, and sometimes they would be there.

So sad! Two great Gentlemen gone! My dad loved these two as he went to school with them at Hanana! Will let my mum know Graeme 💗🦋

Lucky to see these artists perform at CMC Rocks the Hunter number of years ago before it went to Queensland. Loved their music. I now play some of their songs on my radio programme. RIP

Very sad news. I heard a documentary on them a few years ago. I had listened to their music on the radio growing up in the bush. I had no idea of just how successful that they had become in the US. True pioneers.

They really were something special! You only had to spend a short amount of time with them to know they were great people! Their personalities were so bright

I grow up with with there music 🎶 and played it on mums record player , they always come in mum and dads shop when I was little , I always wish them luck R.I.P

I visited Nasville in 1993 and looked these guys up as they were from Mackay . They welcomed me into their home and gave me the opportunity to perform on one of there shows while I was there. Very genuine people

thanks for that info, i will play a few of their tunes on phoenixfm. 106.7 f.m. here in Bendigo in the morning. RIP.

Knew them well. RIP. 🙏 Remember meeting them several times when I was young.

I saw these two in South Australia many many years ago and I have a autographed picture of them sad to hear

I didn’t know they were born in Mackay. Such true gentlemen and entertainers! Loved working with them

Going through Mum’s music on the weekend and come across quite a few of their albums.

Saw the Legate twins in Emerald many years ago. Great stage presentation.

Thanks Graeme my dad knew them well as they lived near each other as kids.

Oh! Yes I do remember them, that's sad....Think they they used to come to Charters Towers regularly...I enjoyed them singing..

Sat in their bar one day listening to a pom argue about sport with a kiwi barmaid. Listened for about 10 minutes and decided I can do this at home so walked into downtown Nash. to another bar. Started every afternoon there.

I remember the Le Garde twins when I was younger — RIP

I remember them performing at the Jerilderie Rodeo in the 50,s before they left for overseas.

RIP Tom & Ted . Thankyou for the music💔💔

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2 months 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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Beaut pics. Yes, take the road less travelled to see some of Australia's finest settings.

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 .

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

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.

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.

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.

A childhood favourite. Glad you spotted the elusive celebrity!

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) .

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

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.

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

it is lovely, haven't been there for 30 years, must be time to visit again

Fabulous place. When my wife and I visit Mackay I love going to Eungella.

Rode up there just a few years back on my motor bike, stunning, the pie at the pub was also good.

A great spot. Teresa and I used to take horses down into the "Diggings" and camp there often.

Loved it when we visited from NSW

Wow, and you saw a platypus, how special is that.

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? 👏💓

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......

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

How lucky are we to have such beautiful spots like this in our backyard!?!

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Excellent GC 👏🌟

I'll drink to that GC! 🍷

Wow! Fabulous❤

Was an amazing experience, look forward to the next journey

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 ❤️

I love your style

Looks amazing 🤩

Wow

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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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