Archie Roach’s first big concert with Paul Kelly
In an excerpt from series 4 of ABC TV's Talking Heads in 2008, Peter Thompson interviews Archie Roach and Ruby Hunter. Archie talks about the first time he was asked to perform with Paul Kelly.
'Took the Children Away' is one of the most important songs recorded in Australia and hearing Archie recount its genesis and first performance captures a significant moment in our musical history. The inclusion of footage with Uncle Banjo Clarke and scenes from the music video give the story useful context.
Archie's musical partnership with Paul Kelly and Steve Connolly (who was a member of Kelly's band) was a fruitful one. The two men produced Archie's debut album Charcoal Lane in 1990.
Notes by Beth Taylor and Adam Blackshaw