Act of brotherly love

Bowden Brothers band to tour remote Indigenous communities


Indigenous band The Bowden Brothers want to give something back to remote communities.


INDIGENOUS band The Bowden Brothers plan to go where few bands have gone before and will embark on a tour of remote Aboriginal communities this September.

The NSW group - which hails from Gloucester and plays a mixture of covers and originals - were runners up at the 2018 Tamworth Country Music Festival Awards.

The Red Centre Tour will span from Gloucester to Tennant Creek and concerts will be free and aimed at lifting spirits.

The tour will see band members and brothers Phil, Grant, Murray and Matt and their honourary brother Darryl Cornelius traveling more than 3100km and playing seven gigs with a large entourage of family and friends.

FAMILY VALUES: Indigenous band The Bowden Brothers will embark on a tour of remote communities.

FAMILY VALUES: Indigenous band The Bowden Brothers will embark on a tour of remote communities.

Murray said band members were excited to take their music to audiences which had never heard it before.

"We're not going to make a cent out of this tour. We just want to give music to people in remote communities," he said.

"We're country boys and the outback is the heart and soul. We believe we have a unique position as brothers to capture parts of the Aboriginal culture through our music that other bands possibly don't."

The tour aims to encourage young people to find an outlet for their talents.

The brothers grew up listening to music from their parents, family and friends and believe it is an important part of who they are.

The band members are sharing their legacy with their children, with Matt's son Reece and Phil's son Will having recently joined them on stage.

The Red Centre Tour will be the band's first and adding to the excitement is the fact they are putting finishing touches on their first full length album prior to departure.

The album will include a mixture of both originals and covers and aims to capture the essence of the tour and give people an opportunity to "keep the music alive"

Tour dates

  • Lightning Ridge Bowling Club, Sept 20
  • Port of Bourke Hotel, Sept 21
  • Charleville Bush Caravan Park, Sept 22
  • Stockman's Hall of Fame, Longreach, Sept 25
  • Red Earth Hotel, Mount Isa, Sept 27
  • Barkly Homestead, Oct 2
  • Anyinginyi Rec Centre, Tennant Creek, Oct 5

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