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This show closed on January 24, 2020

About Archie Roach: Tell me Why

Legendary songwriter and ‘voice of the Stolen Generations’ Uncle Archie Roach brings his life story to the stage in Tell Me Why, a spectacular live concert celebrating his eponymous memoir and latest album.

Roach is joined onstage by his five-piece band, including award-winning jazz composer and improviser Paul Grabowsky, and special guest vocalists Emma Donovan and Sally Dastey.

Hear seminal songs from Roach’s back catalogue alongside influential music from his youth and three new autobiographical songs written since completing his memoir.

No one has lived as many lives as Archie Roach – from stolen child and teenage alcoholic to seeker, lover (with his life partner, the late Ruby Hunter), father, musical icon, social advocate and First Nations leader.

His story is an extraordinary odyssey through love and heartbreak, family and community, survival and renewal – and a testament to the healing power of music An intimate, moving and often confronting musical journey through the iconic songwriter and activist’s life, Tell Me Why is a compelling account of resilience, strength of spirit, and a great love story.

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1hr 15mins (no interval)

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One of the greatest Australian performing artists
The Adelaide Advertiser
A profoundly moving performance
Adelaide Now
★★★★ - tender, mesmeric beauty
The Guardian

City Recital Hall

2 Angel Place, Sydney, NSW 2000

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