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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

Anyone with a love of Australian Country Music (and social media access) will be aware by now that the delayed 40th year celebration of the Gympie Muster was a massive and outstanding success.

The photographs from all venues show capacity crowds and a level of enthusiasm that was palpable.

I can only add my personal thanks to APEX, the Muster management team, and the volunteers, for providing the framework that made Amamoor 2022 so memorable.

From my acoustic show in the Muster Club on Friday, the Conversation hour shared with Travis Collins and the ever delightful Felicity on Saturday afternoon, to my sunset show main stage on Saturday evening, one good experience flowed to the next.

As always, my band and crew were there 100% for me combined with the accommodation, the media and the fans I’m still in some sort of euphoric zone.

I look forward to seeing you on the road somewhere or at my next Gympie Music Muster… GC
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We were there and loved watching you in the Muster Club

amazing!! and beautifully written and shared xx

It was so lovely to see you and Lyn. Thank you for all the media appearances and always being beautiful to work with. 🙏❤️

Graeme, great to hear the Muster was a great success, A little Further North Each Year, is still my favourite Australian song. Thank you Champion. 👍

It was an excellent Muster!! I loved your concert, as usual! And your song was played at the Queensland Country Bank Stadium last Saturday night at the winning Cowboys game! “Cowboys are my team and it’s my dream to see them at the top!” Again.

Loved both your shows and conservation with Felicity. It was a great Muster (our 23rd)

I am so very sad that Graeme’s Adelaide concert has been cancelled . We were looking forward to going

Wonderful to hear you play 🎼🎼🎼🎼 thank you 😊

You are the best, just loved listening to all of your performances at the muster. Can’t wait till the next time

Oh damn! I missed you! Looks like you had a wonderful time though .. you are an amazing songwriter/"storyteller to music" - it's an awesome art! Have seen you so many times in concert that it never grows old! Look forward to your next venture!

Saw you at everything!!! Loved it!! Marg and Steve from Bondi Being Here!!! Ha ha

Graeme Connors , just ashame that I live in Western Sydney and could not attend 🙂

Great news.

A great song writer / singer 👍

Great time had by all.

Glad you had a good time Graeme 👍😀

So sad I missed it 😢

I wish I had gone….so disappointed now. I believe my grdaughter Jess Cam met you. 😘🎶

one of the best Muster ; so enjoyable

Definitely the best show of the muster handsdown

Loved seeing you from the mosh pit at the Muster.

We throuley enjoyed your shows .

Brilliant as always GC! 🙏🏻👏🏻

Looks Amazing x from across the world 🌎 in England x

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1 month ago

Graeme Connors

At the Muster!

Talking with Johanna from ABC TV from the Muster…what a great acoustic show we had today at the Muster Club!

I am very much looking forward to tomorrow…main stage 5pm!

I Also had a great talk with Scott Lamond from ABC Radio at the Gympie Muster…Thanks Scott, great to catch up!
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At the Muster! 

Talking with Johanna from ABC TV from the Muster…what a great acoustic show we had today at the Muster Club! 

I am very much looking forward to tomorrow…main stage 5pm! 

I Also had a great talk with Scott Lamond from ABC Radio at the Gympie Muster…Thanks Scott, great to catch up!Image attachment

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We're in Rollingstone north of Townsville at the moment and a little further north came on the radio the other day, I've always loved that song since I first heard it, now we're living the dream and doing it, I've yet to hear let the cane fields burn, because we're in the right place apparently to see it happen, I've always loved your songs and seen you in Bendigo central Victoria, now I'm living the dream following your songs ! 👍❤️

Great to see you on FB at least. Years have flown so quickly. Half my life time ago since Derby days. Glad you are still singing and playing and entertaining the crowds. My youngest , now 18, discovered you on Spotify and is a huge fan. All the best to you ,Lynne and family. . Have a great Gympie festival. (Almost 24 yrs in Bris now for me. ) Cathie ( Walker) .

It was indeed a great show. Sounding as good as ever Graeme. 😊👍🎸

This was so good. Thank you for always being great to work with. 🙏

Listened to you on ABC radio this morning with Scottie GC! So glad the muster (and you) are back 😊

I heard one of your songs on Curtin Radio yesterday here in WA. It reminded me what a wonderful voice you have. Just fabulous

Looking good Graeme

To all those at the Muster, have an amazing time.

Love your work GC. Always have, always will. Thank you for sharing your gift. Enjoy.

My sister heard you sing at Gympie yesterday. I was very jealous.

Wish I was there to hear you sing once again. ❤

you will be super again as you have been for so long. Enjoy Graeme love from Janice Connors.

Have a great gig.

They’re playing your song at the Queensland Country Bank Stadium now! “Cowboys are my team and it’s my dream to see them at the top!” 🎸 🎵

You sounded fantastic yesterday Graeme!

Have a real hoot, guys!

Looking good there Greame

Awesome interview

Giddyup Graeme ! Hope you’re rugged up ! Bit cooler than Mackay !

Would love to go to Gympie. If you see my ex there write a diss song for me.😉

I miss the Muster. Maybe next year. I hope you'll be back then, Graeme Connors

Have the best Muster. 🤙🏼🤙🏼

Lisa O'Connor Andrew Stotten

KC Barnes ♥️

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2 months ago

Graeme Connors

Travelling from Perth to Sydney on the Indian Pacific was always on my to-do list.

The fact that my great-grandfather was a carpenter in Queensland Rail, my grandfather a driver, and my dad a guard, made the journey feel more like a pilgrimage than a tour/holiday. After all I am 'the son of a son of a son of a railway man’.

I found the teeming emptiness of the Nullarbor studied from our cabin window, the sidings that zip by named in honour of past Prime Ministers, and the hours spent racking my brain in search of lost lines to Kenneth Slessor's ‘The Night-Ride’, gave me a sense of timelessness, and that the past is actually ever-present.

Over the four days and three nights the RM Williams clad staff and our fellow travelling companions, though technically strangers, became as familiar as neighbours… and wordless conversations took place with a glance or a smile or a nod of the head.

The Indian Pacific keeps alive the romance of rail, you step onboard with a cluttered mind and you alight with a sense of well nourished calm, and a reminder that Australia still offers us enough distance to find ourselves.

Thanks to Chris Watson Travel for taking care of logistics… and if the Indian Pacific is on your to-do list... get moving… you may find more than yourself.
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I love you, Graeme Connors xx ♥️

Loved our Indian Pacific train trip ,crossed the Nullarbor 🚗🚗 loved every crossing.Great words Graeme as always.🎶🎸🎶🎸

Such history for you just great love this thanks for sharing. P.S is Bendigo Victoria on your itinerary any time soon ? Just asking !!

Lovely pics of King Park and my hometown. Hope you guys enjoyed. It’s a long time since I’ve traveled home and on the Indian Pacific. Best wishes from both of us.

It was a fantastic trip and I enjoyed every minute of it. Thank you for making it special.

I remember the night that you gave a concert at Pinnacle Playhouse and the train whistle blew. You told the story of your dad. Local Bob Nash , called out “ You must be that red headed kid” Lovely memories

All my rellies on Dads side were Qld rail. My dad was a carpenter , his brothers all worked for Qld rail. His father was a fireman. Soo great to share Adam

Thank you for sharing this.Graeme Connors, I think 🤔 that there is a new song 🎶 in this article,Son -of-a - Son-of-a - Son-of-a-Railway man .🥰🥰

A journey to remember! We loved our time on this trip which we did Sydney to Perth. Maybe you will be asked back to entertain the travellers?😀

Absolutely something to be experienced. We enjoyed our trips on both the Indian Pacific and the Ghan.

Graeme Connors thanks for sharing your story. I myself used to work on the Country platforms at Central Railway Station in Sydney back in the mid 80s. Loved watching the Indian Pacific come in 🙂👍

Absolutely awesome words and exactly how I feel, except my great-grandfather WAS a blacksmith on this line from Sydney to the Blue Mountains! I’m doing this very soon. I would have been stoked if we ended up on the same train. And I bet Slim Dusty’s song was ringing in your head.

It's definitely on my to do list. Glad you had a wonderful journey.

Glad you enjoyed it we did too was a great experience

Thanks Graeme, was a great trip from all reports . Thank you for the photos and the memories you helped our clients create

You went a " little further west " this time Graeme.

Loved our trip on the Indian Pacific.

Loved all the photos. We had a wonderful trip over and back on the Indian Pacific. 💖

Love your story telling Graeme Connors! Glad you had a wonderful trip. 🙌

Great trip. Have done it twice.

Thanks for sharing Graeme Connors it appears by the comments that a lovely time was had by one and all.!!!❤️ And as i said in an earlier post if i had the money i would have been there in a heart beat, so i guess i will have to start putting the penny's in the bucket so i can put it on the bucket list.!!!! 🪣 😊

Is it wheelchair friendly? Can disabled people travel in comfort? Also you said you might come to Toowoomba in the Spring. Is that still on your agenda?

My Dad built train carriages (maybe in his late 20's .. probably about latish 1930's) and went to Perth once, and the train stopped in the middle of the Nullarbor, so the passengers could take photos.

My dad, 2 brothers-in-law and my husband have all been railway men. It gets in your blood and I love that song, always makes me think of my dad.

So glad you got to tick this off your to do list. I’m sure you both needed the break.

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4 months ago

Graeme Connors

𝗝𝗼𝗶𝗻 𝗚𝗿𝗮𝗲𝗺𝗲 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝗻𝗼𝗿𝘀 𝗼𝗻𝗯𝗼𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗜𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗮𝗻 𝗣𝗮𝗰𝗶𝗳𝗶𝗰

** LAST CHANCE** 2 rooms left – Very limited availability on the Indian pacific this year!

Experience a Taste of Perth, Then Journey aboard the Iconic Indian Pacific between Perth & Sydney, Finishing off with a memorable night on Sydney Harbour.

This 9 Day Small Group tour is on sale now from $5999* per person

Departing 29 June 2022

Price Includes:
✔️ Airfares from Mackay, Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne
✔️ 20 Meals
✔️ 4 Nights 4.5 Accommodation in Perth
✔️ Swan Valley Wine & Food Tour
✔️ Fremantle Markets
✔️ Fremantle Prison tour
✔️ Perth Dinner Cruise
✔️ Progressive Dinner
✔️ Gold Service Cabins & Inclusions on the Indian Pacific
✔️ 1 Night 4.5 Star Hotel in Sydney
✔️ Sydney Harbour Cruise
✔️ Private Performances by Graeme Connors

PLUS SO MUCH MORE

Don’t miss out contact our Aussie Specialist Team now on
1300 552 032 or info@chriswatsontravel.com.au

Terms & Conditions apply, price is based on twin share gold service cabin.
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𝗝𝗼𝗶𝗻 𝗚𝗿𝗮𝗲𝗺𝗲 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝗻𝗼𝗿𝘀 𝗼𝗻𝗯𝗼𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗜𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗮𝗻 𝗣𝗮𝗰𝗶𝗳𝗶𝗰
 
** LAST CHANCE** 2 rooms left – Very limited availability on the Indian pacific this year! 
 
Experience a Taste of Perth, Then Journey aboard the Iconic Indian Pacific between Perth & Sydney, Finishing off with a memorable night on Sydney Harbour.
 
This 9 Day Small Group tour is on sale now from $5999* per person
 
Departing 29 June 2022
 
Price Includes:
✔️ Airfares from Mackay, Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne
✔️ 20 Meals
✔️ 4 Nights 4.5 Accommodation in Perth
✔️ Swan Valley Wine & Food Tour
✔️ Fremantle Markets
✔️ Fremantle Prison tour
✔️ Perth Dinner Cruise
✔️ Progressive Dinner
✔️ Gold Service Cabins & Inclusions on the Indian Pacific
✔️ 1 Night 4.5 Star Hotel in Sydney
✔️ Sydney Harbour Cruise
✔️ Private Performances by Graeme Connors
 
PLUS SO MUCH MORE
 
Don’t miss out contact our Aussie Specialist Team now on
1300 552 032 or info@chriswatsontravel.com.au
 
Terms & Conditions apply, price is based on twin share gold service cabin.

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It would be a wonderful trip, hope you all enjoy it. Unfortuneately I just can't at this time.

If i had that sort of money , I would definitely be there in a heart beat.!!!!💓

I would love to do this train trip - does it include a trip to Rottnest island?

This sounds so good. have a great time.

Thank you for sharing this! Have a great time!

I only just saw this or we would have booked and been ready to go😲

It would be amazing to see such beautiful country side

I wish!❤🐾

Absolutely amazing

Awesome‼️

Sue Wilkie Dad would love this! Maybe next time.

Graeme is one of our most understated great song writers of this country

Colleen Joy

Coral Blackwell Jones Michael Jones

It's an incredible experience.. Please do it..

I wish!

Lyn!!!

Jock Delaney you should do this?

Sounds great, dad not really keen😏

Last space on the Indian pacific until next year

Raelene Phillips Laurie Phillips

Paul Matthews

I’d love that

Donna Hayward

Ingrid Krabbe

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5 months ago

Graeme Connors

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Rockhampton we are coming for you!!!…what a line up we have 🎸

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Thanks so much Graeme, Rocky loved your concert last night 💞💞 we would have been more than happy If you were still singing at 5am this morning 🤣

Awesome concert, relaxed venue and enjoyed mixture of songs. Played a few of my all time favs. Thanks

Thanks for the concert in Bundy last night GC… so glad your back, it was fantastic as usual! Great to Lynn too. Have a great gig tonight! Lucky Rocky- you’re in for a great! 🎵

Hope you come to Brisbane. I was watching your video on YouTube last night. The black and white video of A little further North each year. It was incredible.

Oh wow. Travelling through outback Qld and now at Karumba for 3 nights before heading east. Doubt I’ll get to a concert unfortunately

When in rocky and where haven't seen an add

Thank you for signing the 50 yrs Tamworth sign for Les last night in Rockhampton.the signature sign will be proudly on the display in his shed.thank you for a wonderful evening.

It was an awesome concert last night in Bundaberg

Great concert last night in Bundy, Graeme Connors.

A fantastic show @ Brothers in Bundaberg. Thank you Graeme and band.

Saw you in Mackay. It was a fantastic show 😊

Loved the concert on Bundy last night. Well worth the 2 hr drive.

So sorry I couldn't be there last night. 🙁 <3

Loved the concert in Bundaberg can't wait for the next one

Awesome show in Bundy last night, thoroughly enjoyed it.

Has the keyboarder started his cymbals between his legs and the iron pot on his head yet. Great show Graeme Connors and thanks for making a man’s day on your birthday mate. 👍

I hope you have plans to visit Sydney sometime 🤞🤞

Looking forward to it 🎸

Thank you for a great concert in Bundaberg.

Are there any more concerts coming up ?

Looking forward to tonight

Can’t wait !!!!!

Beautiful show for Rockhamton.Enjoy and give a ewarding show .love Janice Connors.

Wow lucky Rockhampton 🎶🎶💕

Are you planning a trip to Cairns any time soon? I know Tsvlle got a visit recently...jus sayin’ lol.

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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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