Australia honours the legacy of the legendary artist, activist, and storyteller Archie Roach 

Australia’s musical greats are coming together to pay tribute to Uncle Archie Roach. 

Archie Roach passed away in July at the age of 66 due to a long-term illness, surrounded by loved ones at Warrnambool Base Hospital in Victoria.

The legendary artist and storyteller was inducted into the ARIA hall of fame in 2020, and was one of the first people to be sworn into the Victorian Aboriginal Honour Roll in 2011. He was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2015 and named Victoria’s Australian of the Year in 2020. 

To pay tribute to one of Australia’s most respected and loved elders, musicians Dan Sultan, Paul Kelly, and Adam Briggs are set to perform some of the legend’s hits at a state memorial service on Thursday.

Archie Roach
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The show will begin with a traditional smoking ceremony, followed by a performance of Took the Children Away, Uncle Archie’s 1990 debut single, The Children Came Back, Briggs hit tribute to Archie Roach from 2015, followed by Dan Sultan, Lou Bennett, Paul Kelly, David Bridie Shane Howard, and Goanna.

The night of tributes and songs is being held on Thursday at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne, and will be streamed live here.

It can also be viewed via a live broadcast of the Service at Fed Square in Melbourne.