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Goanna return to celebrate their multi-platinum, game-changing debut album ‘Spirit of Place’.
Forty years on, and with their messages of positive engagement in Indigenous rights and environmental protection more relevant than ever, Australian icons Goanna return to celebrate their multi-platinum, game-changing debut album ‘Spirit of Place’.
In the early ‘80s, in the midst of Aussie Rock’s golden age, Goanna helped forge a new Australian identity. Before Midnight Oil and Paul Kelly addressed similar issues, the iconic ‘Solid Rock’ stoked a fire for Indigenous rights that hasn’t gone out, while the anthem of ‘Let The Franklin Flow’ was a call to arms for the emerging environmental movement. Soulful, lyrical, brimming with musicality and creative volatility, Goanna mixed classic folk song craft with spirited roots rock, helping to establish a musical thread that remains vital and ubiquitous in Australian music today.
In 2022, Shane Howard, Rose Bygrave, Marcia Howard and Graham Davidge, together with special guests, embark on a new journey, paying homage to their classic songs and reigniting the Goanna spirit once more.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday 21 March @ 10AM AEST
GOANNA - CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF SPIRIT OF PLACE
TOURING ON COUNTRY 2022
SAT 25-Jun-22 TANK ARTS CENTRE, CAIRNS, QLD
SUN 26-Jun-22 HOTA, GOLD COAST, QLD
TUES 28-Jun-22 THE TIVOLI, BRISBANE QLD
FRI 01-Jul-22 MACKAY ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, MACKAY QLD
SUN 03-Jul-22 PILBEAM THEATRE, ROCKHAMPTON, QLD
THU 07-Jul-22 ARALUEN THEATRE, ALICE SPRINGS, NT
SAT 09-Jul-22 DARWIN ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, DARWIN, NT
SAT 17-Sep-22 CIVIC THEATRE, NEWCASTLE, NSW
SUN 18-Sep-22 ENMORE THEATRE, SYDNEY, NSW
WED 21-Sep-22 SHOALHAVEN ENT CENTRE, NOWRA
THUR 22-Sep-22 CANBERRA THEATRE, CANBERRA, ACT
TUES 27-Sep-22 BREC, BUNBURY, WA
THURS 29-Sep-22 ALBANY ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, ALBANY, WA
SAT 01-Oct-22 QUEENS PARK THEATRE, GERALDTON, WA
FRI 07-Oct-22 PRINCESS THEATRE LAUNCESTON, TAS
SAT 08-Oct-22 ODEON THEATRE, HOBART, TAS
FRI 28-Oct-22 LIGHTHOUSE THEATRE, WARRNAMBOOL, VIC
Sun 30-Oct-22 HAMER HALL, MELBOURNE, VIC
FRI 04-Nov-22 WEST GIPPSLAND ARTS CENTRE, WARRAGUL, VIC
SAT 05-Nov-22 ULUMBARRA THEATRE, BENDIGO, VIC
SUN 06-Nov-22 WENDOUREE CENTRE FOR PERFORMING ARTS, BALLARAT, VIC
“"They are the children of the Sun who came of age on November 11, 1975 and their music carries a message for the 'Space Invader' generation. The Goanna Band hail from the beaches of Victoria's West Coast, along the Great Ocean Road, between Warrnambool and Geelong."” - Peter Weineger
— The Age 1982
Goanna are an Australian rock band which formed in 1977 in Geelong as 'The Goanna Band' with mainstay Shane Howard as singer-songwriter and guitarist.
The group integrated social protest with popular music and reached No. 1 on the Australian Singles Charts with "Solid Rock" (1982) and top 20 with "Let the Franklin Flow" (released under the name Gordon Franklin & the Wilderness Ensemble in 1983). Their debut album, Spirit of Place peaked on top of the national albums chart.
SHANE'S GOANNA STORY
There's tall tales and true from a legendary past and the Goanna history book.
It's a big story. There are plenty of updates to come. There'll be re-releases and new releases of old material.
More stories, music, photos, videos and artwork.
Goanna had a lot of people come and go from the line up and the crew over the years. There's plenty of stories to be told.
Goanna never formally finished up.
Spirit of Place
Graphic Design: Judi Kenneally.
Cheatin' Man 4:520:00/4:52
Solid Rock 4:350:00/4:35
Razor's Edge 5:110:00/5:11
Stand Yr' Ground 3:550:00/3:55
On The Platform 5:160:00/5:16
Four Weeks Gone 5:470:00/5:47
Factory Man 3:420:00/3:42
Goanna Live Canberra Workers 1985
Illustration by Yan Paul. Graphic Design by Goanna Arts
Design by 27DC
What Else is a Life 4:450:00/4:45
This Old Town 5:390:00/5:39
Spiritual Thing 4:540:00/4:54
Just A Feeling 5:440:00/5:44
Angel Full Of Grace 6:260:00/6:26
Black Woman 4:540:00/4:54
Song For East Timor 4:040:00/4:04
Light Of Day 5:090:00/5:09
Feet Of Clay 3:330:00/3:33
Singing Your Song 5:250:00/5:25
MANNING CLARK & GOANNA BAND
‘Howard regards his songs as storytelling in which he tries to express the uniqueness of the Australian environment and culture.”I try to explore rather than exploit such issues as Aboriginal culture,” he says. “It’s absolutely vital for all of us to understand the relationship Aboriginal culture has with the land.”’
Peter Weineger – The Age - 1982