Archie Roach

No one has lived as many lives as Archie Roach – from stolen child, teenage alcoholic, seeker, lover, father, musical and lyrical genius, to social advocate and First Nations leader – but it took almost a lifetime to find who he really was. Tell Me Why is a compelling account of resilience and the strength of spirit to overcome trauma whilst searching for a sense of belonging, and of a great love story. In this intimate, moving and often confronting journey, Roach’s story is an extraordinary odyssey through love and heartbreak, family and community, survival and renewal, and testament to the healing power of music. It is also about his struggle to find the will to keep living following a debilitating stroke, lung cancer and the sudden death of his life partner of 38 years, Ruby Hunter – a highly acclaimed singer songwriter in her own right. Woodford Folk Festival is honoured to premiere the Archie Roach: Tell Me Why concert, with accompaniment from famed and multi-award-winning composer/pianist/arranger/producer Paul Grabowsky and band, Stephen Magnusson, Dave Beck, Erkki Veltheim, Sam Anning and special guest vocalist, Sally Dastey. Roach voices the joy, pain and hope he found on his path through song to become the legendary singer, songwriter and storyteller that he is today – beloved and respected by fans worldwide.

Appearances

Sat, Dec 28 3:50PM Grande

Ancient Culture, New Conversations: Archie Roach

Uncle Archie released his story in his own words this year, in his memoir Tell Me Why. The only thing better than reading about Archie’s remarkable life is hearing about it in conversation.

Sun, Dec 29 11:00AM Talking Circle