"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.
This is the official site of Shane Howard, Australian singer/songwriter, guitarist, producer and author.
Howard has refined his art with 13 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.
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.
Shane has just completed his 13th solo album 'Deeper South' , which will be available for general release in February 2015.
Shane crowd funded for the recording of 'Deeper South' through OzCrowd.
Many true believers contributed to the OzCrowd campaign for 'Deeper South', raising $17.5K. These funds allowed for Shane to record and then manufacture a special deluxe edition of the new album 'Deeper South' for the supporters, which they will receive in January 2015.
Thanks to Nick and all at OzCrowd and to all of you music lovers and supporters of independence!
Shane will tour the new album 'Deeper South' in 2015 with long time collaborators John Hudson and Ewen Baker as the Shane Howard Trio.
‘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