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SHANE HOWARD
 
 
 
 
   
 
     
 
 
   
 
"He sounds as though he has drunk deeply from the same fountain that gave the world Henry Lawson, Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan". Bruce Elder - Sydney Morning Herald

 ::: LIVE ::: Upstairs At Whelan's, Dublin - Sunday 2nd August, 8pm.

Best known in Ireland for Mary Blacks' interpretation of 'Flesh & Blood' along with many other songs. Shane Howard is an iconic and prolific Australian singer & songwriter. Starting out in the late seventies with the hugely successful indigenous folk/rock outfit 'Goanna', Shane has spent many years solo, working with and producing other Australian musicians. This is a rare return for Shane to his ancestral homeland.

Support on the night comes from Rory Faithfield. Dublin-based for many years, yet Sydney born and bred, singer-songwriter Rory Faithfield is described as "Power Acoustic" by the Irish Independent, and "invigorating and inspiring" by The Irish Times.

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(Note - For Interviews: Shane will land in Ireland on Sunday 26 July and will be available for interviews and sessions from Mon 27 until Weds 29th July)

 
 
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In 1982, Shane Howard's massive anthem "Solid Rock" from the album "Spirit of Place", (recorded with his legendary band "Goanna"), reverberated across the airwaves and still does today.

It was one of the first songs of its idiom to broach the subject of Aboriginal rights in Australia and impacted powerfully on a whole new generation of writers and musicians that followed. The album was released in 35 territories, worldwide. It was produced by the late Trevor Lucas, (Fairport Convention).

Goanna's second album, 'Oceania', In 1985, was produced by Little Feat's Billy Payne and recorded in Australia and the US by John French & George Massenburg.

In 1993, Shane made his first tour of Ireland when Irish star Mary Black's recording of Shane's song, "Flesh & Blood", was a Top 5 hit there. He has since toured Ireland and Australia regularly with Black, who has since recorded several of his songs. His songs have also been recorded by Australia's John Farnham, Troy Cassar-Daley and Denmark's Lene Siel, among others.

He has spent many years working, writing, performing, touring with and producing Australian musicians, many of them Aboriginal artists, as well as journeying frequently to his own ancestral homelands in Ireland. He has helped strengthen Irish-Australian connections, through his musical friendships with Mary Black, Liam O'Maonlai, (Hothouse Flowers) and Stephen Cooney amongst others.

He has been outspoken on environmental issues since the song 'Let The Franklin Flow', written in 1983, protesting the building of a dam on the Franklin River in Tasmania's wild south-west.

In 1998 Shane renewed Goanna for a new album and a series of concerts as part of the Melbourne Festival of the Arts. These events were a showcase of the songlines that Shane and friends had travelled over the past decade and a half.

In addition, he has been producing a wave of award-winning material: The Pigram Brothers' "Saltwater Country" and Jimmy Chi's "Corrugation Road" from Broome; Andy Alberts' "Gunditjmara Land" and the "Dreamtime Wisdom Moderntime Vision" album with the Wirrinyga Band from North East Arnhem Land as well as Goanna's outstanding 1998 release, "Spirit Returns" with Kerryn Tolhurst, (The Dingoes, Country Radio).

He has also produced albums for the Celtic folk rock Ploughboys, songstress Oriel Glennon, songwriter Tonchi McIntosh, from Bourke, Koori elder, Patricia Clarke, Irish songman, Mossie Scanlon, Kavisha Mazella, Joe Geia from North Queensland and GippslandÕs, Robbie Bundle. Other production credits include tracks with Archie Roach, for the Earth Music Trust and Mary Black for 'A Woman's Heart', Vol 2 and her 2005 album, 'Full Tide'. He is currently working with Googatha/Gunditjmara songman, David Arden.

In 2000 he was awarded a Fellowship by the Music Fund of the Australia Council in acknowledgement of his contribution to Australian musical life. During this Fellowship period he began researching and writing a screenplay based around the events that led to the Eureka Stockade. In 2004, he was a special guest at the ceremonies to mark the 150th anniversary of the Eureka Stockade, in Ballarat. The events of the Eureka Stockade are close to Howard's heart as his great Grandfather was arrested at the Stockade battle.

He was an Australian representative at the 2001 North American Folk Alliance convention in Vancouver. In 2002 he toured the U.S. with Mary Black and Holland and Belgium in 2003. In that same year he worked on the digital re-mastering of Goanna's seminal 'Spirit of Place'.

In May 2004 he released RETROSPECT, a compilation of collected recordings from 1982-2003, on his independent label, GOANNA ARTS. The double CD collection brought together songs from Goanna classics through the vast body of solo works.His eighth solo album, 'ANOTHER COUNTRY'was released in August 2004. At the Woodford Festival, 2005 'The Australian' newspaper described Howard's performance as, 'one of the most powerful'.

At the 2005 Tamworth Festival he was a special guest of TROY CASSAR DALEY and SARA STORER for their sold out shows. He joined Troy on stage for some memorable performances of FACTORY MAN and RIVER BOY.

He was also named Artist of the Year for the 2005 Port Fairy Folk Festival where he teamed up with his sister Marcia and Troy Cassar Daley for stunning versions of the old GOANNA songs, RAZOR'S EDGE and SOLID ROCK.

In announcing the award, Port Fairy Folk Festival Director, Jamie McKew said, "Shane Howard bridges the land between poet and song-writer; between prophet and singer; even between white fellas and indigenous artists".

In May 2005 he joined long time friend and champion of his songs, Mary Black, for her Australian tour. At the end of the tour Mary made the journey to Howard's South West Victorian studio, The Shed, where she recorded tracks for her new album, 'Full Tide'.

In June he was a special guest of Kasey Chambers for her top end shows in Darwin and Broome. He joined Kasey again, in November for a series of "A Day On The Green" shows. Also in 2005, Howard was invited by an old comrade, John Schumann, (Redgum), along with a team of Australian musical icons, to contribute to the Lawson album that John was recording, under the watchful production of Shane's friend and mentor, Kerryn Tolhurst.

A prolific songwriter, he and his songs continue to champion the cause of the underdog, provide meaningful insights into the human spirit and interpret the Australian landscape in a way that has helped to build a bridge between Aboriginal and non Aboriginal peoples.

Howard continues to pay homage to the culture of his Irish ancestors and the culture of the Aboriginal people whose land he lives on. He combines a deep understanding of poetic and musical folk traditions and captures something essential of the spirit of Australia in words and music. Nevertheless, his songs also have a global reach.

A quiet but passionate rebel, he continues to provide a local, national and international view of Australia and Australians through his songs and stories. He has lived and worked in Australia's cities and remote communities and felt the pulse of the country from within the landscape. A treasured Australian songwriter speaking with first hand knowledge of his subject matter.

 
 
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