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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

Like so many, we found ourselves at the beach over the Easter weekend, where we happened to bump into one of nature's great gentleman and remarkable estuary fisherman Doug Mooney - though he really should have been named Barry - 'Barry Mundi Mooney'.
As he had been trekking through the mangroves with this beauty for some time I offered to carry it for him for the final stretch, to which he replied "the day I can't carry my catch and my gear is the day I stop fishing" 😎
Just as Hugo and I took it out of Doug's hands the camera clicked.
Everytime I see Doug he has a big fish with him and I remember in the late 1980's when McEwan's Beach was a favourite haunt of our family, Doug and his son were pulling their tinnie up on the beach with two beautiful big blue groper in the bottom of it. When I asked Doug what bait he used he laughed and pointed to a huge spear and said "no good using a line... you never know what you'll catch".
He also taught me to see the fish you need to wear polarised sunglasses - can't tell you how many times I've watched fish swim past my bait without taking a bite - but at least I know they're there... thanks to Doug.
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Like so many, we found ourselves at the beach over the Easter weekend, where we happened to bump into one of natures great gentleman and remarkable estuary fisherman Doug Mooney - though he really should have been named Barry - Barry Mundi Mooney. 
As he had been trekking through the mangroves with this beauty for some time I offered to carry it for him for the final stretch, to which he replied the day I cant carry my catch and my gear is the day I stop fishing 😎 
Just as Hugo and I took it out of Dougs hands the camera clicked.
Everytime I see Doug he has a big fish with him and I remember in the late 1980s when McEwans Beach was a favourite haunt of our family, Doug and his son were pulling their tinnie up on the beach with two beautiful big blue groper in the bottom of it. When I asked Doug what bait he used he laughed and pointed to a huge spear and said no good using a line... you never know what youll catch. 
He also taught me to see the fish you need to wear polarised sunglasses - cant tell you how many times Ive watched fish swim past my bait without taking a bite - but at least I know theyre there... thanks to Doug.

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Great story. He sounds like such a character. All that wisdom

Awesome Mr Doug Mooney.Caught alot off good fish their hey.

Not blue groper Graeme. Probably black spot tusk fish. Blue grouper are found only in West Aussie to my knowledge.

Beautiful, do you still go out on the Elizabeth E ?

I think there is a song somewhere there, with that lovely story

Still catching more Barra then Luke

Too deadly grandad 💙

You can write a song about your catch . Catching Fish like no other , on a tropical beach . In Mackay . Life Be in it . Beautiful pic

Such a north qld story. Love it.

Cool! Pioneer River??

I should’ve known you didn’t catch it!! Lol!

Love hearing stories like this wonderful times

Thanks Graeme lovely story. Great bloke.

Great story Graeme,and meeting up with a true champion.

Beautiful story. Thankyou for sharing❤️

What a great photo!

Nice work GC

Great story. There must be a song in it somewhere! Big fish 🐟

Is there a song in the making? Bare foot fisherman with a Barra on the tip of his spear.

That's awesome 👏

That is so awesome!

Love it, magic fish and story. 👏

Shane Mooney is this lad row tinne boat at night when tie was rush in fast from mouth same lad had 4 big barramundi 😂 deadly unlce Dougie

Good story 💫

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2 weeks ago

Graeme Connors

There was no breaking of plates (unless the kitchen did that?) or Bouzouki player but we had everything else:
A fantastic group of like minded, wine loving people in The Dispensary Bar with amazing Greek wines, tasted and approved by me beforehand, a hard life I have! and an unbelievable 3 course Greek meal prepared by our Head Chef Alex.
You had to be there!
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There was no breaking of plates (unless the kitchen did that?) or Bouzouki player but we had everything else:  
A fantastic group of like minded, wine loving people in The Dispensary Bar with amazing Greek wines, tasted and approved by me beforehand, a hard life I have! and an unbelievable 3 course Greek meal prepared by our Head Chef Alex. 
You had to be there!

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I wish I could have been. I have very fond memories of your restaurant Graeme and Lyn Connors. 💖

Wish I was!! ♥️♥️♥️

wow sounds like a wonderful experience, just wondering are you the one who is choosing the 50 to do the meet and greet at the NQ country festival in Mackay, I didnt realise that you had to purchase all three tickets to go into the draw I only purchased the friday so my mum can come and see you play. HaHa any chance you can make an exception she is flying up from Melbourne to see the show 😀

Best mate working up there this week told him to drop in and enjoy your fine menu

Greek food is lovely Graeme, glad you all had fun‼️❤️

Very nice 👍

Maybe one day we will get to see you up there 🍷

Looking good!!there Greame

Miss our wine 🍷 catch ups mate

I guess you forgot to post our invitation 😞

Where's my invite 😮

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Ken Sanders would have played Bousouki for you

Wish I was there I would ha e done some Greek dancing 🕺

thank you for sharing.

Wish we were Graeme!! Petrina wouldn’t this have been fab!

Happy Greek Independence Day 💙🇬🇷🧿

I’ll get there one day 🤞

Youst love you graeme and lyn come back to gladstone

Was a great night

And bring my horse Troy

Thanks for sharing! Very nice!

Your spoilt mate

Why not I’m due for a night out

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3 weeks ago

Graeme Connors

I am always reluctant to share sad news on social media as I realise many people are often stoically dealing with trials and troubles of their own, and turn to these platforms for a little escapism from the tough realities of life.

Be that as it may, the only way we can adequately respond to the ongoing enquiries by concerned friends and fans regarding our much loved family pet Dachshund ‘Otis' during his recent bout of illness, is to sadly announce that he passed peacefully on Sunday morning surrounded by the same loving energy he lavished on us during his brief but joyful life.

A warm thank you goes out to the team at Better Pet Vets Mackay who did all they could to assist him in his battle to beat the odds and ultimately his peaceful passage.

All pet-lovers recognise the amazing contribution their pets make to human well-being and we can only be thankful we had little ‘Otis' to brighten our lives.
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I am always reluctant to share sad news on social media as I realise many people are often stoically dealing with trials and troubles of their own, and turn to these platforms for a little escapism from the tough realities of life.

Be that as it may, the only way we can adequately respond to the ongoing enquiries by concerned friends and fans regarding our much loved family pet Dachshund ‘Otis during his recent bout of illness, is to sadly announce that he passed peacefully on Sunday morning surrounded by the same loving energy he lavished on us during his brief but joyful life.

A warm thank you goes out to the team at Better Pet Vets Mackay who did all they could to assist him in his battle to beat the odds and ultimately his peaceful passage.

All pet-lovers recognise the amazing contribution their pets make to human well-being and we can only be thankful we had little ‘Otis to brighten our lives.

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They ask nothing of us but our love and they love us unconditionally in return. They seem to know when we need to be comforted. They’ll sit patiently while we absentmindedly caress and scratch them when our thoughts are far away or in turmoil. They are truly blessings in our lives. RIP Otis, your family has my deepest sympathies.🙏🏼💔

RIP Otis, your spirit will ride on the wind and the rain, never more to be old, tired or in pain.💔🐾

So sorry for your loss. We have just said goodbye to our faithful old dog, Oscar. Very sad.

Sorry for your loss, they become part of the family very quickly and leave a huge hole when they depart. 💔

Rip darling Otis. So sad and so sorry for your loss. Totally heartbreaking.

Sorry to hear you have lost Otis. Pets bring a special magic to our lives for the time we are lucky enough to have them. 😥🐾

Condolences Graeme did u sing amazing grace for him u do it so well

Our condolences Graeme on losing a beloved pet, our Maltese Terrier went under the knife last night due to our female Staffordshire getting stuck into him over food and he had three punctures to been sewn up so Im comiserating with you for the love of a pet.

My thoughts and prayers are with you in this sad time,it is is with all animals that have passed,he will always detour best friend

So sorry, its never easy losing our beloved pets 😭

It's always hard losing a pet Graeme Connors. Whether it be a dog, cat, rat, horse, ferret or other companion. They become part of your family. Thoughts are with you mate. Hope you are keeping safe in these floods too.

Take care and let yourself grieve. He was a beautiful boy and obviously filled your heart

Sending hugs . I can only image the hurt your feeling. I love my dog much and I know what they mean to a person who loves them. I can tell by your post that your beautiful pet had a great life and wanted for nothing. Heart felt sorry to you and your family

So sorry for your loss. It's always tough but I'm sure the memories you made with Otis will buoy your spirits as a parting gift that never diminishes. Xxx

So many of us have felt your pain and share your loss. We say we will never get another dog, because we cannot go through this intense pain again, but then we realise life is not the same without a dog. I have done it a few times now ❤️

So sorry to read your news on Otis, Graeme and Lyn. That is always such a difficult thing to accept when they have lavished such love, care and loyalty upon us, sometimes when not many others seem to. 😥 Sending you loads of love and hugs. xxxx

So very sorry I keep comfort in the fact that when a beloved family member dies They were so loved and lived their best life Biggest hugs to you all in this sad time xxx

My heart breaks for you Graeme Connors , Lynn and Family.... the furry ones truly do worm their way into our hearts and definitely take a piece of them with us they go. Otis was so lucky to have been part of the Connors clan.... I know how you guys love your pets. Rest In Peace sweet boy, I’m sorry you journey on Earth was short, but you knew love, which not all dogs do... thinking of you all right now 🐾🌈💗

Such a gorgeous little dapple...they enrich our lives so I am sorry for your loss Graeme.

That is very sad news Graeme. We lost our Poodle after 13 years recently. They make such wonderful companions. If only humans could be as loyal. Hope you are all keeping well

If there's No Pets Allowed in Heaven, I just ain't going there. I'll be going to where all of my life long pets went.

As a fellow dashie owner I know how much they give and how it hurts to say goodbye.🐾

So sorry Greame, out beautiful pets are never with us for long enough. But continue to live in our Hearts💙

Sorry to hear that sad news. Our pets are family and losing them is painful! for all who loved him ❤️

I feel your pain, we lost our little JoJo last Tuesday, he was a native of Mackay and was 16.5 years old. 😥

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4 weeks ago

Graeme Connors

St. Patrick’s Day 2021 - so good to have four out of five sons in the same place at the same time - too-ral-oo-ral-oo-ral... too-ral-oo-ral-I... Guinness, Kilkenny, Jameson and Teeling I’m starting to get that old Irish feeling 😂 ... See MoreSee Less

St. Patrick’s Day 2021 - so good to have four out of five sons in the same place at the same time - too-ral-oo-ral-oo-ral... too-ral-oo-ral-I... Guinness, Kilkenny, Jameson and Teeling I’m starting to get that old Irish feeling 😂Image attachment

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Awesome picture!! I can never get all mine together at the same time.. there is always one missing. I hope you enjoyed your day with them.

Nothing better than hearing Irish music and songs from the sons of sons of Ireland . You must be very proud .Cheers.

Happy Paddy's day to you all.

Lovely photo of them all, i can see Graeme in all his sons, wonder are any of them as talented as he ? 🤔

Glad you had a good day

What a good looking bunch. 🍀🍀🍀

A pint of Guiness at Rotary tonight. 'Slainte' Mr Connors and sons.

I feel your pain had my 50th Saturday night 11.30 all I could do 😂

Would love to see you near Melbourne again.

Family = EVERYTHING THAT MATTERS!! 💞❤️💞

INGER NINGER Keep on keeping on Graeme ,from ADELAIDE.

A Guinness cheers to St. Pat’s Day!

Hoop voor je dat het gebeurd . Good luck

To be sure...to be sure☘

Would be great to go back

Let’s go back! ☘️ 🥃

Looks like a rowdy bunch 👍🍻🍻🍻🍻🍻

You do well my friend Graeme hope to see you again

A toast to you!, Looking good Graham, can't wait till you can do a show in either Townsville or Cairns, or you could always come to Tully, we are in Tully Heads & so many of our friends love your music. 🥰

Happy St. PATRICKS DAY from Ireland 🇮🇪 🇮🇪🇮🇪🇮🇪. Have a lovely day...

Graeme your boys are all so different! Handsome but so different to each other! Great photos!

Happy St Pat’s to you mate ... and your family. God bless.

And the best of Irish luck to you all!🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀

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4 weeks ago

Graeme Connors

Farewell Doug - We're finding it hard to accept the powerhouse has closed down.

That huge soul-filled voice - that bullet proof body - that wry worldly-wise humour, now they will all live on in the hearts and memories of your loving family, brothers and sisters in song, and loyal circle of friends and fans.

From sharing the stage with you in that madcap 1976 musical ‘Sgt.Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band on the Road' to the too few but always precious airport lounge/post show catchups, you have always been larger than life and an inspiration as the ultimate journeyman musician.

There’s no one to call me ‘Rooster’ anymore and that’s an endearment I’ll always miss.

Sending our warmest sympathies to Suzie, John and Daniel.
Graeme and Lyn Connors and Family.
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Farewell Doug - Were finding it hard to accept the powerhouse has closed down.

That huge soul-filled voice - that bullet proof body - that wry worldly-wise humour, now they will all live on in the hearts and memories of your loving family, brothers and sisters in song, and loyal circle of friends and fans.

From sharing the stage with you in that madcap 1976 musical ‘Sgt.Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band on the Road to the too few but always precious airport lounge/post show catchups, you have always been larger than life and an inspiration as the ultimate journeyman musician.

There’s no one to call me ‘Rooster’ anymore and that’s an endearment I’ll always miss.

Sending our warmest sympathies to Suzie, John and Daniel.
Graeme and Lyn Connors and Family.

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Yes I can see why he called you ‘Rooster’. Will be sadly missed in the Aus music scene.

Such sad news to lose another Aussie legend so soon after Michael Gudinski and Dion Hirini. Loved his songs, especially, "I'll be around". Such a powerful voice and stalwart of Aussie music💕

RIP . One of my favourite Aussie singers/ entertainers

I was shattered GC. Gail and I saw him at Tweed about 3 years ago and that voice was still enormous. JG

Wonderful photo Graeme!

Sad news RIP Doug

He will be missed, loved his voice.

RIP Doug.

Beautiful words Graeme. 💜

Glad we saw him in concert 2017 Joe Cocker Tour, RIP.

RIP . A sad loss

followed Doug for years so sad sleep well

A big loss

What a shame, the death of another legend of music

RIP Doug

Rip 🙏💞🙏

RIP. DOUG PARKINSON

Where's the audio?

❤️💕❤️

Sad news.

Tara

RIP, Doug, thanks for the music.

So sad. Another music legend gone. He will be forever remembered and missed.

What a beautiful photo Graeme...special guy ...wonderful music..🙏🏻🙏🏻

A True Legend of the Australian Music and Entertainment Industry. Condolences to all Family and Friends of Mr Doug Parkinson.

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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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