'Uncle Archie’s Kitchen Table Yarns' will kick off on August 4.
Legendary singer-songwriter and voice of the Stolen Generations, Archie Roach, is launching a brand-new video series that will see the artist speaking with some of Australia’s best emerging First Nations artists.
Forced to postpone his farewell tour as a result of the pandemic and restrictions around the country, Roach has pivoted to the interview series as an alternative way to connect with younger artists.
What you need to know
- Australian music icon Archie Roach has announced a brand new interview series set in his own kitchen
- The series, titled Uncle Archie’s Kitchen Table Yarns, will launch on Wednesday, August 4
- The series provides an amazing opportunity for emerging artists to chat with Uncle Archie about music, life and culture
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The series, titled Uncle Archie’s Kitchen Table Yarns, will launch on Wednesday, August 4 with episodes being filmed from Roach’s home in regional Victoria and released on the first Wednesday of each month.
12 emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander singer-songwriters from around the country will feature throughout the series and will see them share with Roach and his global audience stories about their songs, their communities, and their language.
“Yarning at my kitchen table with these young artists will help people understand who they are and give them another platform to promote their music,” Roach said of the series.
“The kitchen table has always been a place of inspiration for me. It’s a place where I’ve written most of my songs, drank many cups of tea, ate meals, played music whilst my children ran around making plenty of noise. It represents family, community and love.
“It’s important their voices are heard so they don’t have to go through what I went through. They are our future and when the time comes for us older singer songwriters to finish up we know it’s in good hands.”
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His first guest is Yorta Yorta musician, composer, filmmaker, and climate justice activist, Allara Briggs Pattison, who believes this series is significant for musicians and First Nations peoples amidst the current state of the industry.
“The kitchen table series is super exciting and such an amazing opportunity for emerging artists to chat with Uncle Archie about music, life and culture,” Patterson said.
“Even when gigs seem to be cancelled over and over again, this series creates something deadly, ongoing and humbling in a time when there is no stability as a musician. Big love and thanks to Uncle Archie for the opportunity to yarn over a cuppa tea and a Monte Carlo.”
The first Kitchen Table Yarns episode featuring Allara is set for release on August 4 and can be streamed on Archie Roach’s YouTube channel.