Uncle Archie’s Kitchen Table Yarns is set to launch next month!
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In time for NAIDOC week, legendary Australian artist Archie Roach has announced a new interview series, Uncle Archie’s Kitchen Table Yarns. Set to launch next month, the series will highlight and showcase twelve emerging First Nations songwriters and musicians from around the country.
After being forced to postpone his final national tour, the musician instead turned to YouTube, releasing a number of episodes rom May to December 2020 that celebrated and offered insight into his iconic record, Charcoal Lane. Filmed directly from his home. the new series will take on a similar format with the musician inviting each musician to his kitchen table to share stories about their songs, communities and their language.
“When I started off in music nobody had much of a clue about who I was and what I was writing about,” Roach explains. ”I was considered a curiosity. Yarning at my kitchen table with these young artists will help people understand who they are and give them another platform to promote their music. The kitchen table has always been a place of inspiration for me. It's a place where I've written most of my songs, drank many cups of tea, ate meals, played music whilst my children ran around making plenty of noise. It represents family, community and love. We thought it would be a great idea to have a YouTube series and conversation at the kitchen table. It’s important their voices are heard so they don’t have to go through what I went through. They are our future and when the time comes for us older singer songwriters to finish up we know it’s in good hands.”
The first artists set to be features are Yorta Yorta, musician, composer, filmmaker and climate justice activist Allara Briggs Pattison, musical duo Marlon X Rulla and writer, musician, songwriter, theatre and film producer and artistic director Lydia Fairhall.
Speaking of the opportunity, Allara Briggs Pattison shares: "The kitchen table series is super exciting and such an amazing opportunity for emerging artists to chat with Uncle Archie about music, life and culture. Even when gigs seem to be cancelled over and over again, this series creates something deadly, ongoing and humbling in a time when there is no stability as a musician. Big love and thanks to Uncle Archie for the opportunity to yarn over a cuppa tea and a Monte Carlo."
Uncle Archie’s Kitchen Table Yarns premieres August 5. Watch the announcement below.
ARCHIE ROACH ‘TELL ME WHY’ NSW TOUR DATES
FRI 06 AUG | ARCHIE ROACH IN CONVERSATION AT BYRON WRITERS FESTIVAL, BYRON BAY NSW | Tickets available here
SAT 07 AUG | NORPA, LISMORE NSW | Tickets available here
SUN 08 AUG | SARATON THEATRE, GRAFTON NSW | Tickets available here
WED 11 AUG | JETTY MEMORIAL THEATRE, COFFS HARBOUR NSW | Tickets available here
THU 12 AUG | GLASSHOUSE THEATRE, PORT MACQUARIE NSW | Tickets available here
FRI 13 AUG | CITY HALL, NEWCASTLE NSW | Tickets available here
SAT 14 AUG | ANITA'S THEATRE, THIRROUL NSW | Tickets available here
TUE 17 AUG | BATHURST MEMORIAL ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, BATHURST NSW | Tickets available here
WED 18 AUG | DUBBO REGIONAL THEATRE & CONVENTION CENTRE, DUBBO NSW | Tickets available here