Smith’s@Belco: The Bushwackers

Smith’s@Belco: The Bushwackers
Album Launch: The Great Australian Lap

The Theatre, Belconnen Arts Centre
118 Emu Bank, Belconnen, 2617

Presented by Belco Arts and Smiths Alternative 

7pm Saturday 17 August
Tickets: $49 Adult / $44 Concession
* plus booking fee

Duration: 120 minutes

The Bushwackers to Launch New Album at Belco Arts, on Saturday, August 17th.

Australia’s beloved Australiana band, The Bushwackers, are set to light up Belconnen with a special concert at Belco Arts on Saturday, August 17th, celebrating the official release of their new album, The Great Australian Lap.

Formed in 1971, The Bushwackers have a storied career spanning over five decades. The band has released 26 albums, won three Golden Guitar Awards, been inducted into the Roll of Renown, and published six songbooks. Known for their energetic performances, they have captivated audiences across Australia and beyond, earning their place as one of the nation’s most celebrated musical acts.

In 2023, band leaders Dobe Newton and Roger Corbett made a memorable appearance on the TV show The Voice, where their rendition of “I Am Australian”, co-written by Dobe,  turned four chairs and became a social media sensation, attracting a new wave of fans.

The current lineup features not only Newton and Corbett plus drummer Dave Roberts, but also rising stars Rory Phillips, a 17-year-old singer/guitarist from Tumut, and 23-year-old fiddle virtuoso Gabi Louise. “We love having young people perform with us,” says Roger. “Their energy and enthusiasm keep us young.” Dobe adds, “The level of musicianship these youngsters bring is astonishing, and we love having them as part of our band.”

The Great Australian Lap, set for release on July 15th, is a collection of songs reflecting contemporary Australia. The title track celebrates the classic Australian road trip, while a poignant new recording of “I Am Australian” features a collaboration with three teenagers. Dobe remarks, “The last verse, sung in language by Kyla-Belle Roberts, highlights the First Nation experience and is the most emotional moment on the album. It deeply resonates with live audiences.”

The Bushwackers, known for their rich history, humour, and exceptional musicianship, continue to be favourites at festivals and concerts nationwide. Their upcoming show at Belco Arts promises to deliver all the stories, songs, charm and energy that have made them an iconic Australian band.

Join The Bushwackers for an unforgettable night of music and celebration at Belco Arts in Belconnen on August 17th. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the magic of their new album, The Great Australian Lap.

NOTE: This show may contain strobe lighting and haze.

About Smith’s@Belco

We’ve teamed up with Smith’s Alternative in our new Smith’s@Belco live-music series – bringing touring sensations supported by well-loved local artists right here to Belconnen. Wrapped in all the charm and character of the Smith’s gigs that you know and love, get ready to experience our beautiful lakeside theatre as you’ve never seen it before.

See 2024 Smith’s@Belco line-up

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