Queen's Birthday Honours 2015 Recognises Archie Roach

Queen's Birthday Honours 2015 Recognises Archie Roach

Revered singer, songwriter and storyteller Archie Roach a Gunditjmara Bundjalung man, was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his "significant service to the performing arts as a singer, song-writer and guitarist, and to the community as a spokesman for social justice" as part of today's Queen's Birthday list.

Roach was surprised to receive such a prestigious honour. “It’s fair to say it came as a surprise. “The Queen’s Birthday Honours List is something I have looked at over the years but never expected to feature on. I have been very fortunate in my life and I do have to pinch myself sometimes. “My experiences over the years are something I never expected when I first picked up a guitar at the age of 10.”

Roach released his debut album, Charcoal Lane 25 years ago and over the years he has collaborated with some of Australia’s finest musicians, ­including Paul Kelly, Troy Cassar-Daley, Dan Sultan, Christine Anu, Shane Howard and also Vika and Linda Bull.. Roach has released seven studio albums, ­including his most recent release in 2012’s Into The Bloodstream.

His breakthrough song 'Took the Children Away' has been recognised as placing the Stolen Generation into the media spotlight and into our collective social conscience. It took many years for our Australian prime minister, Kevin Rudd's to formerly apologise in 2008. Roach stands proud as an inspiration for the next generation of Indigenous musicians in this country.

Roach's forthcoming album Let Love Rule is due for a release later on this year through Liberation Music. Sharing the same album title as the classic record by Lenny Kravitz, this new album by Archie Roach will explores the many faces of love, calling for great care, more love and unity as we face the future.

Liberation Music’s The Managing Director, Warren Costello has this to say about the new album: “Archie Roach is a revered man and musician, and with Let Love Rule we have once again set out to help Archie create another landmark album in what has already been such an amazing career. Michael Gudinski and I have drawn incredible strength and inspiration from Archie and Archie’s partner and musical collaborator, the late Ruby Hunter over many, many years and we look forward to standing shoulder to shoulder with Archie to launch this new album.”

Queen's Birthday Honours 2015 Recognises Archie Roach

Roach will be performing next month as part of the Leaps and Bounds Music Festival.

Leaps and Bounds Music Festival
Smith Street Dreaming
Featuring Archie Roach, Emma Donovan & The Putbacks, Coloured Stone & MC Aaron Pedersen.
Saturday 18th July 2015
Corner of Stanley & Smith Street, Collingwood
Starts at 2pm
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