Australia’s Finest Singer-Songwriter

Graeme

Connors

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7/10 – 12/10 Music On the Murray

31/10 Murgon Music Muster

2021

22/01 Tamworth Country Music Festival

20/08 – 21/08 NQ Rock ’n Country

27/08 – 28/08 Gympie Muster

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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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7 days ago

Graeme Connors

📹 PACIFICA

I clearly remember writing ‘Pacifica’. It was in March 1990 and I had just read a book called “Tales From The South Pacific’ by Frank Clune. I was drawn to the book because my accountant John Madden was a partner in Frank Clune and Son’s–an accountancy firm formed by the author. I saw the book on a second bookshop shelf in Glebe and bought it on a whim. In that book I first discovered the concept of ‘Pacifica’–a mythical land in Pacific culture akin to ‘Atlantis’ in Greek culture.

Lyn and I had returned to our hometown of Mackay in 1989 and I was very inspired by memories of the Solomon Island vocal groups I knew there as a child. Somehow the concept of Pacifica and the history of Captain Bligh, and the black birding of Pacific Islanders all came together to celebrate the contribution of Solomon Islanders to the Queensland sugar industry. I bought my first Kumalae ukulele to write the song, as I knew it was the sound I needed, along with an authentic Solomon Island choir from Mackay.

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Comment on Facebook Graeme Connors ...

As a Solomon Islander the song meant alot to me,my great great GF was taken to Queensland to help build the cane fields there ...hope to meet my fellow islanders one fine day.

I"ve said it many times. Graeme deserves so much more from Australian radio as he is one of our best

Best history lesson learned and a great song to go with it.

Feels so right up here in Cairns. We play it loud!

Graeme's middle name should be "Brilliant" so talented.

You featured Tropicali album when we first saw you in concert in Taree all those years ago! We bought the CD and played it all the way home! Great music!

Love this song, another that makes me miss Mackay. The islander girls at school always had the best singing voices, and the choir from the album always brings back those memories.

Pacifica is still a favourite during car trips or at home on Spotify. I love it when the kids start belting it out loud, but way off tune. What a great song!

Such a talent 🙏🏻 North Queensland true and proud bless ya GC

Thank you Graeme for sharing. Awesome song🎸🎶 memories of my family.

Great song, and I loved the choir you had I saw them perform at the MECC, in the foyer Ithink.

How are you going mate looking forward to seeing you in gladstone once again brian and glenda

This is one AWESOME song & I give it a lot of “on air” time just love it 👏👏👏👏👏👏

We were in Samoe just after thar was released. People everywhere were singing it

😀 loooove the song - thanks GC

Ahhh yes. An all time fave for me. Can't help singing along every time. And that cute "out in orbit". Memories memories. Thanks for posting it up. X

One of my favourite songs that how I became a fan xx Graeme

One of my favourites, a great song and one to turn up loud.

Its a great song

I love this song! 🌺🌺🌺🌺

You are the most amazing story teller x

Agree great song from a brilliant songwriter.

Remember the first time l heard that song 😊

One of my favourites, form one of my favourite albums.

One of my favorites!

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2 weeks ago

Graeme Connors

🔙 #throwbackthursday to 2001

This photo is from the ABC documentary “Heart Of Country”- a series of one hour specials focusing on different voices in Australian Country Music. Directed by Lindsay Frazer, it gave the ‘non-country’ audience an insight into the broad spectrum of music and storytelling that is uniquely Australian, and opened the ears and eyes of many who might have previously been dismissive of the genre. This choir of singers with Solomon Island heritage joined me for a chorus of ‘Pacifica’. Troy Cassar-Daley came up to visit and I took him to my favourite spot in Sandy Creek. If only we could have got the ‘mighty biting fighting whiting’ to take the hook on cue! We are working to get the ‘Heart of Country’ series up on YouTube in the near future...

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🔙 #throwbackthursday to 2001

This photo is from the ABC documentary “Heart Of Country”- a series of one hour specials focusing on different voices in Australian Country Music. Directed by Lindsay Frazer, it gave the ‘non-country’ audience an insight into the broad spectrum of music and storytelling that is uniquely Australian, and opened the ears and eyes of many who might have previously been dismissive of the genre. This choir of singers with Solomon Island heritage joined me for a chorus of ‘Pacifica’. Troy Cassar-Daley came up to visit and I took him to my favourite spot in Sandy Creek. If only we could have got the ‘mighty biting fighting whiting’ to take the hook on cue! We are working to get the ‘Heart of Country’ series up on YouTube in the near future...

GC

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Bring it on .Can't wait .🎼🎶🎤

Love listening to your music......especially when on my long trips. Thanks for making me feel great and thankful about living in our beautiful country!

Sounds like a must see series, will keep a look out for it! Loving Throwback Thursday pics and commentary during these uncertain times 💕

Love listening to your music especially when we go on our long trip to Adelaide.

a great song and having experienced Pacific islander hospitality it means more to me 🙂

I really hope the series gets onto you tube. I think I have that on VHS recorded off TV. If it's the one I'm thinking of. It was good.

I love this ..Im a Solomon Islander..pacifica 🤠🤠🏖🏖🏖🏝🏝

Pacifica one of most favourite of Graeme’s songs

Loving your throwback Thursday keep them coming Graeme

I enjoyed that series.

Love 💕 your work

Cant wait to see it ... xxx

Katy Matheson

Yes please

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2 weeks ago

Graeme Connors

📹 SICILIAN BORN

The migrant experience has always intrigued me. I’ve always had a strong connection to ‘home’ and 'place’ and have never seriously entertained the thought of living permanently elsewhere. I guess my songs have been inspired or underpinned by that, and the goal was always to dig deeper in that mine to find a clearer image of Australian identity and locality.

There was a real character whom I still see in my mind’s eye when I listen to or perform this song. We were young parents attending St. Patricks Church in Sutherland each Sunday and this gentleman would often share the same pew, interact with our sons, and on a couple of occasions, exchange pleasantries. We only got as far as his Sicilian origins, and the fact that he travelled from Erskineville each Sunday to attend mass. The rest was the weather or the events of the day.

And of course, one day he just stopped coming...

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This is one of my favourites - such a moving story. When I describe your music to those who don't know you (an abomination!!), I tell them that you're a wonderful lyricist who puts his words to music. Love, love love your music!

Homes not where you’re born home is where a man’s prepared to die. That lyric has always struck a chord with me Graeme, my family came from England my Dad never looked back best decision he ever made for our family (albeit very difficult) my Dad passed away in his 50’s. Every time I hear this I think of Dad he really did call Australia home. Thank you for your music and the memories it stirs inside 😊

Great song but the way you sing and present it is outstanding. The emotion is raw and very moving. Congratulations mate.

Great story song and great lyrics and the last line is very true for a lot of us.

Love this song Graeme. Great to know your story/motivation to bring it to the airwaves.. 🤗

Love this song.....it would apply to so many people who came to our wonderful country 💕

Another one of my favorites. I always wonder about the inspiration behind songs that are really stories so thank you for sharing.

I first heard you sing it live & I really like the story it tells, you are a great storyteller in songs 👏

Beautiful song. Graeme has been such a songwriting power who deserves so much more from the music industry.

I love this song. I am from UK and it really struck a chord with me. I love your work. North cane out the first years we were here. Still my favourite album. Played to death.

It’s a beautiful song and one of my favourite sayings is “ it’s not where your born but where your hear is prepared to die”

Beautiful story in this song . Love listening to this.

Oh, that just made me tear up..I had often wondered about the origin of that particular song. Which I've always loved!

Always loved this song and what it says about the best of our country . . . With boundless plains to share ....

Great singer and songwriter

I think I have everything you have recorded ❤️❤️ many family occasion related to one of your songs 😃👍

One of my favourite Graeme Connors song. Love it

Antonella Franzin Donatiello you might find like this video, considering your Italian heritage. I have a lot of Graeme Connors music but when I seen this I thought of you.

You really know how to put a story to music.

Always loved this one GC! But then, I have so many favourites!

Great expo of Australian life in the suburbs...

Love this song!♥️

Loved the story telling in this song from the first time I heard it... ❤

Definitely one of my all time favourites. Master storytelling at its best

Love all his songs

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3 weeks ago

Graeme Connors

📹 PRODIGAL SON

This song started out as ‘The Return Of The Tropical Son’ then along came the star tattoo and the gas station waitress and I realised the song was bigger than my personal story… yes I was tempted to get a star tattoo when the song went to the top of the charts! 😂

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Played this song as the opening song of the first set when I played bass in the first band I played in, in 1999. Still is one of my all time favorites😀😀.

I think Graeme was feeling a little homesick when he wrote this song for some of us home is the only place you feel content.

I enjoy listening to all of your songs Graeme.

just one of your many songs I love and can relate to

Still loving your music. But would like to know if I can get some of the past albums .is north .pacifica etc. Cheers.

One of the great storyteller of our times. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Just love this the way it was recorded!!! One of my favourites ever - gets me toe tapping and dancing around 😂😂. Thanks, GC!! (and team)

One of my favorite GC songs. Thank you.💖

Great song

Love all your songs

It's a great song

I always wish there was another verse where she tells him she had his baby!

One of the best! Well done Graeme.

Another GREAT SONG GC. 👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾

I love you words

Love my CD The Return. Graeme Connors Collection vol 4.

Love this song

Wonderful Graeme...😘❤️👌

That is one of your best mate, its a bewdy!

Hi Graeme I ve finally had a go at messaging you through facebook

Another great one.

I love this song.

One of my favourites 🥰

One of my favourites Graeme.

So so good!!

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4 weeks ago

Graeme Connors

🚨SCAM ALERT 🚨

Good afternoon all,

Its come to my attention that there are (again) a number of scammers out there using my name to message fans directly on both Facebook and Instagram. We have reported these scammers and I ask you to please do the same. Please remember, the only correspondence you will ever receive from me would be via my official pages that all have the blue tick for verification.

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🚨SCAM ALERT 🚨

Good afternoon all,

Its come to my attention that there are (again) a number of scammers out there using my name to message fans directly on both Facebook and Instagram. We have reported these scammers and I ask you to please do the same. Please remember, the only correspondence you will ever receive from me would be via my official pages that all have the blue tick for verification. 

GC

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Love ur work Graeme

Yep, scammers are really active at the moment (and persistent). I have a generic reply to them on Messenger ... just two words. Works every time! 😂

They tried to get me twice in a week, but I was onto them

Just about every day I get a request just delete

Thanks for letting us know!

Thank you

Thanks Graeme

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BIO

Bio

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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