Poet, troubadour, legend: witness the triumphant return of one of Australia’s most beloved voices.
In November last year, after the heartbreak of losing his collaborator and love of nearly forty years, Ruby Hunter, Archie Roach released Into the Bloodstream, a breathtakingly raw and honest suite of songs, affirming the wonder of life in the face of all that it can throw at you. Spanning the turbulent story of Roach’s life, this is a giddy, celebratory swirl of folk, gospel and soul, tied together by an inimitable brand of lyrical storytelling.
Performed for Melbourne Festival with the backing of a 13-piece musical ensemble and a ten-voice Indigenous gospel choir led by the Black Arm Band’s Lou Bennett – and bolstered for the transcendent finale by the vocal might of Skin Choir – this will be an unmissable, uplifting night of music, spirit and celebration from a man who is surely one of Australia’s greatest living treasures.
Produced by Archie Roach and Jill Shelton, Craig Pilkington, Lou Bennett, Tim Cole and Sarah Liversidge
Stage Direction by ILBIJERRI Theatre Company’s Rachael Maza & Isaac Drandic
Performers Archie Roach with special guests Vika and Linda Bull, along with Jen Anderson, Nancy Bates, Daniel Beasy, Lou Bennett, Deline Briscoe, Jason Bunn, Jack Charles, Ceridwen Davies, Emma Donovan, Dave Folley, Steve Hadley, Bruce Haymes, James Henry, Percy Landers, David Leha (Radical Son), Helen Mountfort, Tim Neal, John Wayne Parsons, Craig Pilkington, Suzanne Simpson, Skin Choir, Benny Walker, Matt Walker, Veronica Wellings, Paul Williamson
What the media are saying
Music review: Archie Roach: Into The Bloodstream (The Age)
“A wonderful night of soul, gospel and uniquely Australian stories told by a master storyteller.”
– Adelaide Advertiser
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