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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

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"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. 

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SHANE'S GOANNA STORY

Welcome

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.

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Date Event Location
Goanna - Celebrating 40 years of 'Spirit Of Place’ Tank Arts Centre , Edge Hill QLD 4870 - Yidindji Tank Arts Centre , Edge Hill QLD 4870 - Yidindji
Goanna - Celebrating 40 years of 'Spirit of Place’ HOTA, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217 - Yugambeh HOTA, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217 - Yugambeh
Goanna - Celebrating 40 years of 'Spirit of Place’ The Tivoli, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006 - Yuggera The Tivoli, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006 - Yuggera
Goanna - Celebrating 40 years of 'Spirit of Place’ Mackay Entertainment Centre, Mackay QLD 4740 - Yuwi Mackay Entertainment Centre, Mackay QLD 4740 - Yuwi
Goanna - Celebrating 40 years of 'Spirit of Place’ Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton QLD 4700 - Darumbal Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton QLD 4700 - Darumbal
Goanna - Celebrating 40 years of 'Spirit of Place’ Araluen Theatre, Araluen NT 0870 - Mparntwe/Arrernte Araluen Theatre, Araluen NT 0870 - Mparntwe/Arrernte
Goanna - Celebrating 40 years of 'Spirit of Place’ Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin City NT 0800 - Garramilla/Larrakia Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin City NT 0800 - Garramilla/Larrakia
Goanna - Celebrating 40 years of 'Spirit of Place’ Civic Theatre,, Newcastle NSW 2300 - Awabakal/Worimi Civic Theatre,, Newcastle NSW 2300 - Awabakal/Worimi
Goanna - Celebrating 40 years of 'Spirit of Place’ Enmore Theatre,, Newtown NSW 2042 - Gadigal/Eora Enmore Theatre,, Newtown NSW 2042 - Gadigal/Eora
Goanna - Celebrating 40 years of 'Spirit of Place’ Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre,, Nowra NSW 2541 - Yuin Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre,, Nowra NSW 2541 - Yuin
Goanna - Celebrating 40 years of 'Spirit of Place’ Canberra Theatre Centre, , Canberra ACT 2601- Ngunnawal Canberra Theatre Centre, , Canberra ACT 2601- Ngunnawal
MIDNIGHT OIL’S RESIST TOUR with special guests Goanna and Stephen Pigram Nikola Estate , Middle Swan WA 6056 Nikola Estate , Middle Swan WA 6056
Goanna - Celebrating 40 years of 'Spirit of Place’ Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre,, Bunbury WA 6230 - Wardandi Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre,, Bunbury WA 6230 - Wardandi
Goanna - Celebrating 40 years of 'Spirit of Place’ Albany Entertainment Centre,, Albany WA 6330 - Kinjarling/Menang Albany Entertainment Centre,, Albany WA 6330 - Kinjarling/Menang
Goanna - Celebrating 40 years of 'Spirit of Place’ Queens Park Theatre, , Geraldton, WA Queens Park Theatre, , Geraldton, WA
Goanna - Celebrating 40 years of 'Spirit of Place’ Princess Theatre, , Launceston TAS 7250 - Tyerrernotepanner/Lutruwita Princess Theatre, , Launceston TAS 7250 - Tyerrernotepanner/Lutruwita
Goanna - Celebrating 40 years of 'Spirit of Place’ Odeon Theatre, , Hobart TAS 7000 - Nipaluna/Lutrawita Odeon Theatre, , Hobart TAS 7000 - Nipaluna/Lutrawita
Goanna Band Lighthouse Theatre , Warrnambool. Victoria. 3280 - Warrnambool/Peek Wurrong Lighthouse Theatre , Warrnambool. Victoria. 3280 - Warrnambool/Peek Wurrong
Goanna - Celebrating 40 years of 'Spirit of Place’ Lighthouse Theatre , Warrnambool VIC 3280 - Warrnambool/Peek Wurrong Lighthouse Theatre , Warrnambool VIC 3280 - Warrnambool/Peek Wurrong
Goanna - Celebrating 40 years of 'Spirit of Place’ Hamer Hall, Melbourne, Southbank VIC 3004 - Naarm Wurundjeri/Bunurong Hamer Hall, Melbourne, Southbank VIC 3004 - Naarm Wurundjeri/Bunurong

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Spirit of Place

Goanna Band

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Goanna Live Canberra Workers 1985

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Oceania

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Song For Africa - Single

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Spirit Returns

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MANNING CLARK & GOANNA BAND

In 1982, Manning was Emeritus Professor of Australian History at the ANU. We approached him to ask if he would listen to the Spirit of Place album and maybe write some notes. He agreed and wrote the following. A long friendship developed between Shane & Manning.

Back Cover Liner Notes for Spirit of Place Album - 1982

"The interesting thing about this collection of songs by the members of the Goanna Band is that the composers and performers deal with all the subjects treated by the classical composers. That is to say the Goanna Band are not just entertainers – very good though they are at that level – they are also serious.
    
They are making their contribution at a popular level to the great debate that is going on in Australia, and throughout the whole world. They are concerned, as they put it themselves, not just with life as it is but with life as it should be. They want us all to have life and have it more abundantly. Their music is about that great human longing. They sing about the spirit of place in Australia: they sing about the dangers of a nuclear war: they sing of the evils of poverty and unemployment. They make pleasing sounds: they sing pleasing things. They, and the members of other similar bands, are helping us all not just enjoy life to the full, but, to see, and hear, more than we have done so far. I hope thousands of Australians will listen to them."

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         ‘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

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