Tiddas have announced that they will be reforming to join Archie Roach for a series of one-off shows, including a special event at the State Theatre Centre on Friday, June 8.
The tour is in celebration of Roach’s album, Dancing With My Spirit, which was recorded more than two decades ago with Jen Anderson. Circumstances at the time caused the demos to be shelved, until now.
Archie Roach emerged in the early 90s. His ARIA-winning debut album, Charcoal Lane, was named one of Rolling Stone Magazine’s Top 50 albums of 1992. It was centred around Roach’s heartbreaking song Took the Children Away, a deeply affecting ballad about his own experience as one of the Stolen Generation of First Nation children who were often forcibly removed from their parents and communities and placed in non-indigenous institutions and homes. The song’s impact was immediate. It went on to receive a Human Rights Achievement Award, marking the first time that such an honor had been bestowed upon a songwriter.
Melbourne based trio, Tiddas, also made their mark in Australia during the early 90s. Amy Saunders, Lou Bennett and Sally Dastey released their debut EP Inside My Kitchen in 1992, receiving two ARIA nominations for Best New Talent and Best Indigenous Talent. Their debut album, Sing About Life achieved gold record sales and won an ARIA award in 1994. Tiddas quickly became live favourites, touring with Sweet Honey In The Rock and Midnight Oil.
Archie Roach and Tiddas play the State Theatre Centre on Friday, June 8. Tickets on sale now.