In November 2012, Archie Roach walked on-stage at the Playhouse Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne, for the Australasian World Music Expo.
And so began his extraordinary return to the concert stage.
With a thirteen-piece band and ten-voice gospel choir, Archie launched Into The Bloodstream, his first album of new music in five years.
In the two years preceding the release, the singer faced unimaginable challenges, including a stroke, lung cancer and the loss of his partner in life and in music, Ruby Hunter.
Hailed by many as a rebirth, Into The Bloodstream was acclaimed as his strongest in years and Disc 1 of this collection combines live recordings from both the Arts Centre Melbourne concert in November 2012 and from the State Theatre for the Sydney Festival in January 2013.
Then in 2016 Archie made another triumphant record with a title that resonated everywhere – Let Love Rule – entirely written around the concept of love, “a willingness to love all people”.
The Let Love Rule concert was recorded live in May 2017 at the inaugural Yirramboi First Nations Arts Festival at the Playhouse Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne, a concert that had audiences mesmerised as you will hear on Disc 2, and featured the sublime voices of both the Dhungala Children’s Choir and Short Black Opera.
Then in May 2018 the beloved and award-winning Australian trio Tiddas reformed especially to honour the unearthing of Archie’s new album, Dancing With My Spirit, a pre-production “demo” album recorded over two decades earlier by producer/musician Jen Anderson that had been shelved and virtually forgotten.
This album saw Archie exploring his spirituality and showcased the sublime voices of Archie and Tiddas - Amy Saunders, Lou Bennett and Sally Dastey.
The Dancing With My Spirit concert on Disc 3 was recorded at their Hamer Hall performance at Arts Centre Melbourne on May 6th 2018.