This is the official site of Shane Howard, Australian singer / songwriter, guitarist, producer and author. Howard has refined his art with 12 solo albums, 3 Goanna albums, two books and a stable of great production credits, that have established him as a significant contributor to Australian folklore.
His anthemic song, Solid Rock, from the album, Spirit of Place (1982), recorded with his band Goanna, was written after a moving experience at an inma at Uluru in 1981. It has since passed into folklore and the Australian psyche. He pushed on, beyond commercial success, tirelessly pursuing an artist’s journey, in order to make sense of the story of a ‘whitefella’ in an Aboriginal country.
"Howard is one of Australia's most influential songwriters who combines a deep understanding of poetic and musical folk traditions and captures something essential of the spirit of Australia in words and music. Nevertheless, his songs have a global reach and explore universal themes".
Aziz Choudry, Montreal.
His songs have been recorded by numerous artists as diverse as Ireland's Mary Black and Australia's John Farnham and Troy Cassar-Daley. He has spent much of his musical life working with Aboriginal musicians, as well as touring Ireland and forging Irish-Australian connections. Shane has been a producer for the Pigram Brothers, Street Warriors, Mary Black, Archie Roach and the soundtrack for the Jimmy Chi musical, Corrugation Road. He’s a founding member of the celebrated Black Arm Band.
In 2012, Howard celebrated the 30th anniversary of his iconic song ‘Solid Rock’ by returning to the heart of Australia and working with local songwriters to translate ‘Solid Rock’ into the Pitjantjatjara language. In October 2012, he celebrated the anniversary of the song with a unique concert, held in the shadow of Uluru with the Anangu people at Mutitjulu along with special guests and friends.
2013 was the 30th anniversary of the successful campaign to stop the damming of the Franklin River in Tasmania. In early 1983, Howard travelled to the Franklin River Blockade and wrote the song, ‘Let The Franklin Flow’ and recorded it under the pseudonym, Gordon Franklin & the Wilderness Ensemble as a fund raiser and to protest the damming of Tasmania's spectacular Franklin River. The song was released as a single with a B-side, "Franklin River – World Heritage”, written and recorded by the now retired Greens Senator, Bob Brown and Howard. The dam was never built.
‘He sounds as though he has drunk deeply from the same fountain that
gave the world Henry Lawson, Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan.’
Bruce Elder - Sydney Morning Herald