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Mike Roberts is a storyteller. He tells you the back-story of the song then sings you the real story with the hook to the heart. This singer/songwriter weaves tales about war, good fortune, rural life, love, environment, politics and more. His new album Travellin’ Shoes is getting airplay around Australia and has kept Mike busy with radio interviews and live performances.

Releases

Bands of Steel

Bands of Steel was written, recorded and performed especially for the centenary celebration of the joining of the east-west links of the Trans Australian Railway. This takes place at Ooldea on the Nullarbor Plain on 17 October 2017, one hundred years after the last spike was driven. This new extended play CD also features songs about topics as diverse as the Stolen Generation of our indigenous people, those brave sappers who protect our troops, a proposed nuclear waste dump and a tribute to the amazing Southern Right whales of the Great Australian Bight. Please enjoy and share with your friends.

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Travellin’ Shoes

I think of Australia as home now although this is not where I started out. It’s always interesting to look back on the journey, though. Some days I wonder at how I got from the streets of New York to the back woods of Oregon, from the beaches of South Australia to the fishing fleet in Kodiak and of course eventually settling down with Dianne to raise Quarter Horses, wheat, sheep, puppies and a couple of awesome kids on our farm in SA’s Mid North. I was often playing music in bands or duos but mostly solo in small venues or around the kitchen tables of close friends who wanted to know the stories of the songs I sang. These are songs of two countries, of contrasts and commonalities, of observations and experiences, of joy and regret, of friendship and the good fortune to have been able to lead the life I have.

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New song for TransOz Railway Centenary

So THIS happened kind of suddenly! I was asked LAST WEEK if I would write and perform a song for the 100th anniversary of the completion of the Trans Australia Railway to be celebrated this month at Ooldea out on the Nullarbor. Folks flying and driving in from all over OZ! Decided to put out a special EP with this song, Bands of Steel, PLUS four others of mine not yet released on CD. Can you believe the CD covers were done before the song was even recorded…..scary deadlines!! Will also be performing the song at the railway centenary celebrations at Peterborough on 19th October. Stay tuned!

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Events

 

 

PAST EVENTS:

26 July  – Leibichwein, Rowland Flat, Barossa Valley

20 Aug  – Overway Hotel Gawler / open mic

31 Aug – Good Morning Country interview with Bill Beerens

4 Sept –  ABC North and West interview at Port Pirie with Sarah Tomlinson

18 Sept – Radio Northern Beaches – interview with Kylie Adams- Collier

26-27 Sept – Melrose Music Muster

18 Oct – Mt Barker Farmers Market 9:15am-12 noon

25 Oct – Linfield Road Wines Oyster Sunday with Sue Baker, Barrie Hocking and Jordan Roberts

8 Nov  – Eudunda Rocks the Show with Barrie Hocking and Ron Vanderzwan

11 Dec – Home Concert – Upper SE SA with Barrie hocking and Quentin Eyers

12 Feb –  FRINGE SHOW Opening for Kristina Olsen – HATS venue, Auburn, SA

19 Mar –  House Concert Gawler with Rosie Roberts,Sue Baker  and Quentin Eyers – 

26 Mar     Peterborough Arts Festival with Barrie Hocking

26 June      Weintal in Tanunda 12-3pm

16 July       Home Concert – open for Michaela Jenke and Fanny Lumsden

6-7 Aug      Quorn Music Festival

7 Oct           Music to Stop Nuclear Waste – Publishers Hotel, Adelaide

30   Oct      Clare Valley Cruise, Mintaro 11am-2pm

13 Nov           Eudunda Show

17 Nov           Quorn Anti-Nuke Fundraiser – Quorn Cafe

4 Feb           Steins Taphouse Nuriootpa 3pm-6pm

11 Feb         Steins Taphouse Nuriootpa 3pm-6pm

18 Feb         Steins Taphouse Nuriootpa 3pm-6pm

25 Feb         Steins Taphouse Nuriootpa 3pm-6pm

26 Mar             Red Door Cafe – Tanunda

2 April         Barossa Valley Brewing, Tanunda

16 May      Barrangul Cruises Morgan – private function

3 June     Barossa Valley Brewing – Tanunda   2:30-5:30pm 

18 June   Red Door Expresso Cafe Tanunda 12:30-3pm

9 July       Red door Expresso Cafe Tanunda 12:30-3pm

16 July     Barossa Valley Brewing – Tanunda   2:30-5:30pm

UPCOMING EVENTS:

10 Sept    Red Door Espresso Tanunda 12:30-3:00pm

17 Oct      Trans Australian Railway Centenary at Ooldea on the Nullarbor

19  Oct      Peterborough Railway Centenary

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