Archie Roach AM
Archie Roach is a man of few words but when he speaks or sings those words resonate with your soul. He is one of Australia’s most treasured performers and a proud Gunditjmara/Bundjalung man.
When his debut album Charcoal Lane was released in 1990, the impact was immediate. The album’s centrepiece, ‘Took The Children Away’, shone a spotlight on the impact of the forcible removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples from their families. The single won an international Human Rights Achievement Award (the first time ever awarded for a song). It was added to the National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra, acknowledging its significance in Australian cultural and social history.
Archie has released a further eight acclaimed albums, toured internationally with icons such as Leonard Cohen, Patti Smith, Rodriguez and Bob Dylan and worked on the sound track for Rolf de Heer’s acclaimed film The Tracker.
Archie has won three ARIA Awards (with a further seven nominations), eight Deadly Awards, a 2005 Helpmann Award with his beloved Ruby Hunter, the Australia Council for the Arts 2011 Red Ochre Award and 2015 Don Banks Award, In 2008, again with Ruby Hunter, Archie received the Sydney Myer Performing Arts Award.
Off stage, Archie works with young people caught up in the criminal justice system and mentors young and emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. In 2015 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to music and his support of social justice.