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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 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.

Australia's finest singer-songwriter delivers classics, favourites and new songs, with two years worth of energy crammed into two hours.
See you 3pm, Friday April 22nd, Tamworth Town Hall.
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A year without The Tamworth Country Music Festival was unthinkable - but it happened!
Lets not dwell on it - lets make up for the year we missed with an even bigger 50th.

Australias finest singer-songwriter delivers classics, favourites and new songs, with two years worth of energy crammed into two hours.
See you 3pm, Friday April 22nd, Tamworth Town Hall.

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Wish we could be there but have a great night and give it your best mate.

Can't wait. Tickets were a Christmas present from my daughter. It's been too long since I was in the audience.

Sunshine Coast please Graeme

We’ll be there with bells on👌

Fingers crossed Graham 😊🎶🎶

Book and ready to roll

Hope to make that show

Judy and Stephen Williams it’s on 👏👏👍

❤🐾

Come home and do some mecc concerts...

You fucken rock conno

When are touring to Sydney?

That shouldn’t be a road less travel but need to keep everyone safe next year will be a time to remember 👍👍

Can’t wait…👍🏻😁

Hope to see you then Graeme

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2 weeks ago

Graeme Connors

Every cloud has a silver lining!

Under extremely difficult conditions the team at Tamworth reached a decision this afternoon to postpone the 50th Celebration Festival until April this year.

The usual 2 week Festival will now be condensed into 7 days from Monday April 18 to Sunday April 24.

This will enable all venues to reschedule entertainment and ticket holders, should they wish, to transfer to new dates.

I’m delighted to add that we will be performing at Tamworth Town Hall on Friday April 22nd at our usual 3:00pm time slot.

Myself, the band and crew are so pleased to see this light at the end of the tunnel and will be waiting for you - 3:00pm Tamworth Town Hall Friday April 22

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Every cloud has a silver lining! 

Under extremely difficult conditions the team at Tamworth reached a decision this afternoon to postpone the 50th Celebration Festival until April this year.

The usual 2 week Festival will now be condensed into 7 days from Monday April 18 to Sunday April 24.

This will enable all venues to reschedule entertainment and ticket holders, should they wish, to transfer to new dates.

I’m delighted to add that we will be performing at Tamworth Town Hall on Friday April 22nd at our usual 3:00pm time slot.

Myself, the band and crew are so pleased to see this light at the end of the tunnel and will be waiting for you - 3:00pm Tamworth Town Hall Friday April 22  

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Hoping i can get my leave changed to April! The safest decision for everyone though!

So very good to hear But you definitely made the correct decision on your previous post . It truly shows how you and Lyn are very caring people putting other peoples well being in the forefront of your decision

Well I am glad in a way my son shares my passion of your music Graham and his away at the minute doing Harvest work I told him next Time your in town were going so hopefully he will be back in Tamworth so we can share this moment .....as tough as it is these are the times we live in and must all stay safe and well . Thank you for your amazing gift of your music xxx

As a good Scot I have to say that every silver lining’s got a cloud!😀

A wise move. Though it might have been better to combine it with Hats Off.

Shattered!!! First time for my son to busk at Tamworth he was looking forward to it

Seen him many times have his CD's great.performer great voice..beautiful human being i got to meat him...hope this year is a good one for him and he visits Canberra.

I am letting you know Gerry is in Maryborough hospitable His cancer has invaded his mind.speclist are coming to him and putting him through scanning his head.i will know more by 10am tomorrow.,regards Janice

Will be cooler then, better late than never.🎶🎸🎸

Let us all hope and pray that it all settles down, shortly. Certainly has made us all appreciate what we have lost. Halle all goes well.

I love this photo of you and Lyn. Best wishes for a great year Graeme!

So I might get to do lights for you after all 👍👍

Mate!!! I don’t see it! We need country to keep going or it will be lost forever! Can a outdoor event be organised?

You made the right decision in your earlier post. We had reservations about attending in January but we will be there in April. Hopefully the world returns to normal by then.All the best to you, Lynne, family, band and crew from Maree and Graham.

Wise decision! Love this photo of yourself and Lyn🥰💖

Great news Graeme 👍👍

That’s fabulous news! A wise decision too

Great news Graeme

Great news for everyone! 👍

Hope everyone can hang in there until then. Is there never going to be an end to this damned virus?!

Great news👍

Strange times we now live in , stay safe mate 👍

Its a shame but best to be safe.

Fantastic, the Show goes on.👌😎

Hi Graeme can you please tell my what online address can we purchase tickets to your Friday 3.00 pm town hall concert.....? I'm having a bit of trouble finding them.. many thanks in advance...my best wishes always...Anne..xx

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2 weeks ago

Graeme Connors

Sadly I am announcing the cancellation of my 2022 Tamworth Town Hall Concert and Festival appearances.

To those who have purchased tickets, thank you for your support, and please contact Tamworth Entertainment Venues to arrange refunds.

With the shift in Federal and State Government's pandemic response from government responsibility to individual responsibility, many small business operators, like us, face an ethical dilemma.

How to do what we do, and provide our services while protecting our co-workers and audience from COVID infection.

The Performing Arts are particularly vulnerable as our livelihood depends on drawing an audience into spaces that by nature promote close physical contact.

This Omicron variant of COVID 19 is highly contagious, particularly in such environments.

I can’t ethically justify jeopardising the health of my musicians, my crew, and my audience in the current circumstances and therefore see cancellation as our only option.

We will get through this in time and be back on tour and on stage as soon as it is safe to do so.

In the interim, stay well, and thank you for your understanding.
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So sad to be missing you for two years running Graeme, and i 100% support your decision, stay safe and see you when we can

That's sad but well done on placing care over cash. I've worked the whole time, you all need your cereal lol, but it's been a worry sometimes having to go 'out there' Our office staff were sent home at the start. We can remotely run machines. I've been luck so far but this varient is a bit scary.

Graeme Connors I am sorry this has to be the course you take Huge congratulations to you for taking this stand I wish you well . Stay safe to your family and Crew Friends . All the very best. Take Care.

Not an easy decision, but very unselfish. Thank you.❤

Thank you for your post Graeme, hoping all this will, in time be a thing of the past. May you buckle down, ride it out and come out in the winners circle.🍀

So very very sad that we won’t be seeing you at Tamworth this year. Stay safe and we’ll. Maybe next year. . .

Talent and leadership..great combination, thank you Graeme.

Well done Graeme on such an important call.stay safe and hope to see you in tassie when safe to do so

You're doing the right thing Graeme but you are so right about our governments and the handing over of responsibility. All the best.

Sad but certainly the right decision. Best wishes to you and the family Graeme. ♥️

Very sensible decision

Good to see some using there head safety first there's time for this down the track stay safe and wishes you a better new year

A responsible and ethical decision in deed 🙂

Sad to hear Graeme but best to be safe. We are disappointed not to be going to Tamworth this year

Hi Graeme, yes the Performing Arts have suffered in this Covid pandemic but you’ve made the best decision for the safety of your Crew, Family,Friends & Yourself. Stay safe. ❤️

I think we got to stand up against this thing and take safe guards and be strong and courageous and battle through it ...maybe choose parks ..outdoor venues and smaller shorter shows ...and run two shows if have to ....I think people need something to look forward to and beautiful music should be it .....cause this thing is sucking the life out of people

Unfortunately until this situation changes significantly I think it's the only thing you could do. Look forward to seeing you in the not too distant future.

I think the opportunity still exists for artists to offer streamed shows, some were done during the lockdowns. The tickets can be cheaper as overheads are lower and people who are mostly geographically or physically restricted have the opportunity to see shows they might never see. Just a thought but I think these can continue to be an additional income stream if the world ever gets itself back together. I'd def buy a ticket. I saw my first vegas show a few months ago via streaming. Never thought I'd see one of those.

Fully support your decision and keep fingers crossed for next year 😊

Wise decision... stay safe.

We are all sad to have to stay away from the 50th anniversary of the festival we have shared so much history with. However, you have made the right decision Graeme. Xxx

So sad. But appreciate and thank you for the consideration. Look forward to catching up again, once everything has settled and is safe.

Still the gentleman thank you for your consideration for everyone. Keep safe..

Sadly, the only sensible decision in the circumstances. 😢😢😢

It ridiculous Graeme, feel for all people trying to make a quid

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2 months ago

Graeme Connors

With his 2021 Groundwater Festival performance a beautiful memory now, Graeme and his Band are eagerly awaiting the new year and particularly 3:00pm January 21 at Tamworth Town Hall to do it all again... Tickets are on sale now!

Could it be the perfect Christmas gift for all lovers of great Australian Music?

And remember If you are looking for any of Graeme's CD's or DVD's - they are all available on the website. www.graemeconnors.com
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With his 2021 Groundwater Festival performance a beautiful memory now, Graeme and his Band are eagerly awaiting the new year and particularly 3:00pm January 21 at Tamworth Town Hall to do it all again... Tickets are on sale now!

Could it be the perfect Christmas gift for all lovers of great Australian Music? 

And remember If you are looking for any of Graemes CDs or DVDs - they are all available on the website. www.graemeconnors.com

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you will be a good performer to bring your beautiful music to Tamworth. Best of luck and you will come out with a huge hit for your albums. xoxox Gerry and Janice Connors.

We are in Townsville, in our Seventies and cant get to Tamworth. However, I would like to congratulate you for the beautiful music you have produced over the many, many years we have been listening to you. I have just heard ''The Ringer and the Princess" on our local country music station 4ttt and once again I have been reduced to tears listening to the beautiful lyrics. Keep up the good work Graeme. You are a great talent and a great Australian.

Tamworth tickets booked!! Cant wait💗

Enjoyed your concert at Groundwater!

Always one of the best shows in town. 💖

Riley Ahlers throw him a message. 😊Good luck. xx

We'll be there. Chainsaw & Mandy

Like a fine wine, he just gets better and better. ❤️

Already booked 💋💋

#1 forever.

Kym Alexander-Poole

❤🐾

Please come to Victoria soon

PLEASE come to Portland!

Pleeeeaaasse come to 👎 rthern Riv e rs

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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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