Kev Carmody is a National Treasure. He is one of Australia’s pre-eminent singer-songwriters, a wordsmith whose often politically charged and socially aware lyrics early in his career found him described as “Australia’s black Bob Dylan”. Of Indigenous Australian and Irish heritage, both cultures famous for oral histories in song, Kev was born to be a story-teller.
His best-known composition (with Paul Kelly) is ‘From Little Things Big Things Grow’, based on the story of The Gurindji Strike and Vincent Lingiari as part of the struggle for indigenous land rights and reconciliation.
Kev began writing songs in the mid 1960’s but did not record his first album until 1987. This week Kev releases ‘Cannot Buy My Soul’ – the original 2007 seminal album, coupled with new songs featuring brand new collaborations with some of this country’s best artists; Kasey Chambers & Jimmy Barnes - who are both also performing at this Bluesfest, as well as Courtney Barnett, Mo’Ju & Birdz, Kate Miller-Heidke, Alice Skye and Electric Fields.