Roger CORBETT (1996)
Vocals, acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Mandolin, Harmonica and
for the band Bshwackers
1971 - A group of
university students gathered to share their love of traditional
music, little did they realise that they were establishing a
Having established residencies in
pubs, the band’s attention quickly turned to
where two of their great influences - Fairport Convention and
Planxty were leading a folk revival.
1974 - Took off to try their luck.
The next 8-10 years were split between extensive tours at
‘home’, and 5 European tours from the band’s base in London.
Their debut LP ‘The Shearers’ Dream’ reached No.1 on the Melody
Maker Folk Chart. The combination of traditional instruments,
electric guitar and bass and the unique percussive drive of the
lagerphone, meant they rocked like no other folk band!
Late 70s and early to mid 80s saw
the band’s self-promoted Bush Dance Spectaculars attract 2-3,000
people to Town Halls and major venues throughout Australia.
The impact of this dance phenomenon saw a single from their
(Gold) ‘Dance Album’ reach the No. 14 on
leading commercial Pop/Rock station!
With the addition of drums in
1980, the Bushies entered musical territory previously
The band released two Australian Song Books and two dance books
and albums which - to this day, hold sales records. No Aussie
school could do without them.
1981 – “Adopted” by country music fans. Golden Guitar for
Instrumental of the Year with “Flying Pieman”.
1983 – Mo Awards for Country Group of
1986 - Mo Awards for Country Group of
1988 - Mo Awards for Country Group of
The band’s constant search and reputation for musical excellence
saw them attract some of Australia’s best - drummers Robby Ross
(Goanna) and Freddie Strauks (Skyhooks), guitar legends Tommy
Emmanuel, Steve Housden (Little River Band), Tim Gaze (Ariel,
Rose Tattoo) and bassist Pete Farndon who went on to
international fame with The Pretenders.
1995 - After decades of relentless touring, the band decided to
take a break from the road. The national broadcaster - ABC,
marked the occasion with a 1-hour TV special “The Last Dance”.
The band continued to record and performs at major festivals and
1996 – Inducted into the Hands of Fame.
In 2007, the band realised a
long-held dream, travelling to Nashville
for the Australian Festival. The combination of Australian songs
and subject matter and Celtic-influenced music proved just as
popular with Americans as it had with European fans 30 years
Roger Corbett is a Golden Guitar
winning, highly successful songwriter, with numerous successful
chart songs to his credit. His songwriting credits include ‘The
Fire Within’ the theme song for the opening of the Sydney 2000
Paralympic Games, ‘Bridge
the hit song for the 1994 International Year Of The Family and
‘Since Cheryl Went Feral’ the massive chart hit for Jim Haynes.
Roger Corbett has been a member of the legendary Bushwackers
since 1980. Now in their 37th year and with 19 studio albums
behind them, The Bushwackers have an enviable reputation as the
premier Australiana band in the world.
Roger was a senior tutor and the Director of The CMAA College of
Country Music for eight years. During that time he ran the
songwriting course, teaching such stars as Sara Storer, Brooke
McClymont and Brendon Walmsley. Roger conducts many workshops
and seminars, including the Tamworth Camerata and ‘Songcamp’
around the country, mainly in the craft of songwriting and
studio production but encompassing performance, musicianship and
Roger Corbett is a successful
Producer of Independent country music recordings emanating from
The Valley Studio in the
He works with many performer/songwriters helping them to achieve
success in the Country Music Industry. His artists continue to
achieve many milestones, awards and accolades.
Roger is a co-founder/partner in the successful promotions
company, Door2Door which promotes and publicises country music
artists including John Williamson, Sara Storer, Amos Morris and
many other Independent artists.
He continues to perform as part of The Bushwackers and solo at
festivals and songwriter concerts and with his duo, The