Archie Roach and Ruby Hunter perform 'Charcoal Lane' from the 1990 album of the same name. The footage is filmed live in the 3CR radio studio during the 9 September 1990 broadcast of the Building Bridges Across Australia nationwide hookup between a number of radio stations.
A single fixed camera provides an adequate document of this performance. It was not intended for any other public use, nonetheless, it's a pity that more thought wasn't put into the recording of this now iconic song.
Despite frustrations with the vision and sound quality, this unassuming footage now has special significance because of its rarity as one of the early filmed performances of two beloved Australian musicians - Archie Roach and Ruby Hunter - performing together. Even early in his career Archie's powerful songwriting and gentle, sincere performance style is evident.