Magazine article New Internationalist

(Carmody, Kev. Bloodlines)

Magazine article New Internationalist

(Carmody, Kev. Bloodlines)

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Despite both groups being prisoners of sorts, Australia's convict colony mostly sat uncomfortably with its de facto hosts, the Aborigines. Now, 200 years later, elements of colonial Irish 'larrikinism' and Aboriginal questioning have been blended with blues and folk to form an inspiring musical package.

Carmody, a Murri Aborigine, is the son of an Irish father and a Murri mother. Bloodlines, his third album, has an energetic and richly layered sound, showcasing a wide variety of musical styles.

The lyrical themes are even more diverse, from the experience of young urban Aborigines to health - and - environment issues such as asbestosis. The single, Freedom, was written for Nelson Mandela's first visit to Australia. Here, Carmody connects the themes of freedom, equality and justice, and ties them to the Aboriginal beliefs in a Mother Earth which links 'the law, the land and human birth'. …

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