27 March: Replay, Koorie (1988): The early protest songs of Archie Roach (SOLD OUT)



This live show is now sold out. Tickets to access the live stream can be purchased below.

Recently inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame, Archie Roach takes to the Espy's Gershwin Room for a special one-off show, sharing with audiences his intimate connection to St Kilda through a suite of songs he wrote whilst living behind the Village Belle Hotel in the mid to late 1980s.

Released in 1988 on cassette tape only, Koorie was commissioned by the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Trust (now known as the Koorie Heritage Trust). The 10 songs on Koorie are among Archie’s earliest protest songs, penned in frustration as many Australians prepared to celebrate the bicentenary on the 26th of January 1988. This intimate concert and conversation also includes the very first song Archie ever wrote whilst he and Ruby Hunter, his late partner and soul mate, stayed together in St Kilda’s Galiamble, trying to get sober and turn their lives around.

Special guests and key collaborators will join Archie - talking, singing and celebrating this lost tape. The show has been curated especially for Yaluk-ut Weelam Ngargee to celebrate Archie's little known connection to St Kilda whilst acknowledging his extraordinary contribution to music and his ongoing fight and support of the rights of First Peoples both in Australia and around the world.

Musicians and special guests: Archie Roach AM, N’arweet Dr Carolyn Briggs AM, Nola Lauch (Archie’s niece), Uncle Jim Berg, Wayne Thorpe, and musicians, Steve Magnusson and Sam Anning.

This special event is part of the 2021 Yaluk-ut Weelam Ngargee First People’s Art and Cultural Festival, produced by The City of Port Phillip.

Please note: this is a ticketed event. Over 18s only. Tickets are strictly limited.

Tickets: $40+bf (live), $19.40 including bf (live stream)

Hotel Esplanade (Gershwin Room), St Kilda
Saturday March 27
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM