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26 August 2023 SHANE HOWARD Live & Acoustic

    with special guest Kate Burke at The Twyford – Hall venue.
    Sat 26 August 2023.
    Show starts 7.30pm, Doors open 7pm (Beach St entrance).
    Tea/Coffee/Snacks available. No BYO.


    A special acoustic intimate performance with Shane Howard and Kate Burke.


    Shane Howard (AM) is an Australian singer/songwriter, guitarist, producer and author. 

    Howard has refined his art with 14 solo albums, 3 ‘Goanna’ albums, two books and a stable of great production credits, that have established him as a significant contributor to Australian folklore. 

    His anthemic song, ‘Solid Rock’, from the album, Spirit of Place (1982), recorded with his band ‘Goanna’, was written after a moving experience at an inma at Uluru in 1981. It has since passed into folklore and the Australian psyche. He pushed on, beyond commercial success, tirelessly pursuing an artist’s journey, in order to make sense of the story of a ‘whitefella’ in an Aboriginal country. 

    His songs have been recorded by numerous artists as diverse as Ireland’s Mary Black and Australia’s John Farnham and Troy Cassar-Daley. He has spent much of his musical life working with Aboriginal musicians, as well as touring Ireland and forging Irish-Australian connections. Shane has been a producer for the Pigram Brothers, Street Warriors, Mary Black, Archie Roach and the soundtrack for the Jimmy Chi musical, Corrugation Road.  In 2000 he was awarded a Fellowship by the Music Fund of the Australia Council in acknowledgement of his contribution to Australian musical life over many years. In 2016 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the performing arts as a singer, songwriter and guitarist, to the recording industry, and to Indigenous musicians. In 2018 he was awarded the Australian Americana Honors Award.

    Howard released his 14th solo album, ‘Dark Matter’ in 2020. 

    In 2022, his legendary band, Goanna, embarked on an extensive national tour, paying homage to their classic Spirit of Place album and reigniting the Goanna spirit that championed Aboriginal rights and environmental justice in the 1980’s. 

    Howard is a respected senior statesman in Australia who continues to work as a poet, musician, writer, singer, producer and mentor. 

    He is currently writing his autobiography.


    Kate Burke is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer and music producer with two decades’ experience on the international folk music circuit.

    Kate has long collaborated with Ruth Hazleton and with the band Trouble in the Kitchen, and has recently joined forces with Luke Plumb to record arrangements of traditional songs inspired by the 1970’s folk revival.

    Kate has recorded with many artists including Judy Small and David Ross McDonald (The Waifs), has twice toured Ireland with renowned Irish folk singer Andy Irvine, and has appeared as a vocal soloist at the Sydney Opera House for a season of Bush Babies’ Proms.
    Two of Kate’s albums have been named as Folk Album of the Year by the National Film and Sound Archive, and her two latest releases with Trouble in the Kitchen and Luke Plumb & the Circuit were been nominated for the Age Music Victoria Award for Best Folk/Roots Album.