Treasured Australian musician writes anthem to help a small town achieve a big vision.
The song was written and composed by the former Goanna frontman with a little help from some friends, a dedicated community group from the small town of Yackandandah in North eastern Victoria.
All proceeds of ‘TRY’ will go to support the work of Totally Renewable Yackandandah (TRY) - a voluntary community group formed in 2014, with the lofty goal of powering the small Victorian town with 100% renewable energy by 2022.
‘TRY was written to inspire people to keep their passion, focus and their sustained effort. It’s universal in its relevance, not specifically to any place or issue, rather it’s about our humanity, and how we can overcome disappointment and sometimes overwhelming challenge.’ says Totally Renewable Yackandandah co president and co-writer of the song, Denis Ginnivan.
Howard is admired and respected across the country for his integrity and commitment to communities and to music. His songs champion the cause of the common man, the environment and the injustices endured by Australia’s Aboriginal people. He has spent 40 years of his life singing, writing and journeying the globe, from campfires to concert halls.
We are so thrilled and grateful that Australian music icon Shane Howard has generously agreed that royalties from his newly released single ’TRY’, will be directed to our Perpetual Energy Fund, which provides support to Yackandandah’s community to make the transition to a new energy future.’ says President of Totally Renewable Yackandandah, Matt Grogan. ‘Shane’s powerful symbolic and tangible gesture is such an important reminder that our community is strengthened by working to connect the head and the heart in achieving our goals’.
Shane was invited to perform in Yackandandah in 2016 and has developed a great working relationship with the community over the last two years to help them raise awareness and the funds to make their community goal a reality.
‘In their own quiet way the small community of Yackandandah have laid down a challenge to the rest of the country. If we try a little harder we can build a new future, one that is hope filled.’ says Howard. ‘Despite the considerable challenges before us, Yackandandah have shown how a dedicated community can make real change from the ground up. It’s inspiring.’
“ TRY is an anthem for optimism, determination and hope.”