Kev Carmody Inducted into ARIA Hall of Fame

KEV Carmody’s first reaction when he learned he was to be inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame was to laugh.

The Queensland Aboriginal songwriter, who lives at Ballandean on the Granite Belt, said today: “I must be getting into the Hall of Fame with the lowest record sales in history.

“But I do feel proud and humbled to accept the induction on behalf of my culture, my commmunity and my family.”

Carmody was inducted at a ceremony in Melbourne on August 27, alongside Little Pattie, John Paul Young, The Dingoes and Mental As Anything.

Performers including Missy Higgins and Bernard Fanning also took part in the Cannot Buy My Soul tribute concert to Carmody’s music as part of the Queensland Music Festival, at the Brisbane Riverstage on 1st Aug 2009.

Kevin Daniel Carmody is an Indigenous Australian singer-songwriter born in 1946 in Cairns, Queensland. His father was a second generation Irish descendant, his mother a Murri woman. The family moved to southern Queensland in early 1950. Carmody grew up on a cattle station near Goranba, 70km west of Dalby in the Darling Downs area of south eastern Queensland. His parents worked as drovers there, moving cattle along the stock routes. When he was ten years old, Carmody was taken from his parents under the assimilation policy and sent to a Christian school in Toowoomba, after which he returned to his rural roots and worked for seventeen years as a country labourer.

In 1967 he married Helen, with whom he has three sons. He has since divorced but remains “good mates” with his ex-wife. He lives with his current partner Beryl on a 27-hectare bush block in south-east Queensland.

In 1979 at the age of 33 Carmody had the opportunity to go to university where he attended the Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education, at which he completed a Bachelor of Arts degree, with honours. He later undertook postgraduate studies and completed a Diploma of Education from the University of Queensland, eventually finishing a PhD. While at university Carmody used his guitar as a means of implementing oral history in tutorials, which led to his career in music.

His first album, Pillars of Society, was released in 1989 and drew heavily upon country music and folk music styles. Rolling Stone Australia described the record as “the best album ever released by an Aboriginal musician and arguably the best protest album ever made in Australia”. In subsequent recordings he has adopted a broad range of music styles from reggae to rock and roll.

On 31 October 2007 Carmody was a special guest at the TV music channel MAX’s “The Max Sessions: Powderfinger, Concert For The Cure” singing alongside front man Bernard Fanning to the controversial ‘Black Tears‘ and also joined in with the encore of ‘These Days‘. The concert was a fundraiser and thank you to the “unsung heroes” of breast cancer with an invite-only audience, made up of a special group of people – those who have suffered and survived breast cancer and their support networks. The concert closed Breast Cancer Awareness Month and was the brainchild of 20-year-old Nick Vindin, who lost his mother Kate to the disease a few years ago.

Carmody regularly tours Australia and internationally and is highly regarded by audiences and critics.

He co-wrote “From Little Things Big Things Grow” with Paul Kelly on the The Gurindji Strike.

~ Source: Wikipedia Kev Carmody

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