Presented By The Jimmy Little Foundation
Buried Country: Live in Concert is a touring stage show version of Clinton Walker’s iconic book/film/CD Buried Country: The Story of Aboriginal Country Music, the ultimate celebration of this deep indigenous tradition.
After first coming out in 2000 and quickly accruing cult status, Buried Country was as if born again in 2015 with the release of new editions of the book and album, and it was the response to this that prompted the idea of taking Buried Country to the stage.
After initial rehearsals in Tamworth during January 2016 the production premiered at the Newcastle Civic Theatre in August 2016, and has subsequently been staged at Melbourne Festival, Artlands Dubbo, and carried on despite the sad death of cast-member Auriel Andrew, at the Port Fairy Folk Festival and Dark Mofo in Hobart.
The upcoming concert on Sunday January 21 at the Capitol Theatre is a much anticipated homecoming to the where it all began two years ago, and will also be the first full scale public performance of Buried Country – Live in Concert in Tamworth, the home of country music.
Buried Country – Live in Concert brings together a rotating cast of guest singers from across the generations and across the continent performing a selection of the genre’s greatest hits. Buried Country – Live in Concert is a moving and coherent song-cycle full of laughter as well as tears complete with a video-remix component drawn from the original Buried Country documentary plus a production design based on artwork by famed Aboriginal painter the Blak Douglas.
Mixing appearances by other legendary elders like Roger Knox and L.J. Hill with those by rising younger talents like Leah Flanagan, Luke Peacock and James Henry, and those in between like Warren H. Williams, Buddy Knox and Franny Peters-Little – with house-band the Backtrackers under the musical directorship of Brendan Gallagher, and numbering an all-star line-up of some of the country’s hottest pickers. The repertoire includes classic canonical songs written by the likes of Bob Randall, Jimmy Little, Bobby McLeod, Vic Simms, Black Allan Barker and Harry Williams. Buried Country – Live in Concert has proved itself to be a show that takes audiences on a journey that’s at once sad, resolute and joyous, and it will ensure that the music – the songs and the stories – live on…
"The music and the stories of Buried Country are an important part of our history. The stage show will present hidden treasures to the public eye. Tales of celebration and survival. Not only would it be informative, it would also be highly entertaining. This story must out!" - Paul Kelly, Songwriter
“I really hope all Australians get a chance to see what we saw." - Kelly Fuller, ABC Radio Tamworth
On sale 8 November at 9am