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Roach recorded the rendition at St Brigid’s Church on Gunditjmara Country, located in south western Victoria, with subdued acoustic guitar, and supporting violin and cello – watch the moving performance below.
Last night’s episode of The Sound also featured performances from Midnight Oil, Missy Higgins, Ocean Alley, Tasman Keith and more. Christine Anu, Ngaiire, Electric Fields‘ Zaachariah Fielding and Emma Donovan covered Warumpi Band’s 1987 track ‘My Island Home’ from their respective hometowns.
Roach’s performance comes ahead of the release of ‘The Songs of Charcoal Lane’, which reimagines his debut album, ‘Charcoal Lane’, to mark 30 years since its original release.
Roach recorded the new versions in his kitchen in southwest Victoria during lockdown with musicians Stephen Magnusson and Sam Anning, along with recording engineer Hadyn Buxton. He’s already previewed a new version of ‘Took The Children Away’ and it appears that his performance on The Sound is the arrangement of ‘Summer of My Life’ likely to appear on the new album.
Roach also recently launched a picture-book edition ‘Took The Children Away’, featuring illustrations by his late partner and musical collaborator Ruby Hunter.