This is the official site of Shane Howard, Australian singer/songwriter, guitarist, producer and author. 

Howard has refined his art with 13 solo albums, 3 Goanna albums, two books and a stable of great production credits, that have established him as a significant contributor to Australian folklore. 

His anthemic song, Solid Rock, from the album, Spirit of Place (1982), recorded with his band Goanna, was written after a moving experience at an inma at Uluru in 1981. It has since passed into folklore and the Australian psyche. He pushed on, beyond commercial success, tirelessly pursuing an artist’s journey, in order to make sense of the story of a ‘whitefella’ in an Aboriginal country. 
His songs have been recorded by numerous artists as diverse as Ireland's Mary Black and Australia's John Farnham and Troy Cassar-Daley. He has spent much of his musical life working with Aboriginal musicians, as well as touring Ireland and forging Irish-Australian connections. Shane has been a producer for the Pigram Brothers, Street Warriors, Mary Black, Archie Roach and the soundtrack for the Jimmy Chi musical, Corrugation Road. He’s a founding member of the celebrated Black Arm Band.

Previous events

Riverboats Festival

Aquatic Reserve , Heygarth Street, Echuca

Shane Howard Trio performing at Riverboats Festival for the first time!

Shane Howard Trio

Caravan Club, Drummond Street, Oakleigh

It has been too long since Shane Howard (Goanna) has performed his own show here at the Caravan. We are very pleased to have him back performing songs from his album 'Deeper South' as well as a selection of songs throughout his musical career.

One For Tommy

St Brigid's Hall, Crossley, 212 Port Fairy-Koroit Rd, Crossley, Victoria, AU

A special session/Ceilidh to show support and raise some funds for Tommy Carty, local musician and dear friend. All Welcome.


Wrest Point Entertainment Centre, Hobart, Tasmania

Heart 107.3 and Empire Touring are excited to announce the inaugural Heart 107.3 LIVE Concert featuring 10 of the biggest Australian acts of the 80s at Hobart’s very own Wrest Point Entertainment Centre.

Tamar Valley Folk Festival

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George Town, Tasmania

Three days of song dance music and poetry with free Children’s entertainment!

Pure Gold Live

ICC Sydney Theatre , Darling Harbour, NSW

WSFM101.7 is excited to announce the return of PURE GOLD LIVE featuring twenty (20!) of the biggest acts of the 70s, 80s and 90s coming together for one night only to help christen Sydney’s new home of entertainment, ICC Sydney Theatre in Darling HarbourThe legendary line up of PURE GOLD LIVE 2016 include: Ross Wilson | Dragon | Glenn Shorrock | 1927 | Pseudo Echo |Steve Kilbey (The Church) | Kids in the Kitchen | Chocolate Starfish |Thirsty Merc | The Radiators | Eurogliders | John Paul Young | Shane Howard (Goanna) | Wendy Matthews | The Chantoozies | Rose Tattoo | Mi-Sex | Dynamic Hepnotics | Swanee | Real Life


The Entertainment Grounds, Gosford Racecourse, Gosford, NSW

Star104.5LIVE Richard Clapton The Radiators Ross Wilson Shannon Noll Mi-Sex Kids In the Kitchen Sean Kelly Shane Howard Wa Wa Nee


Crown Theatre, Great Eastern Hwy, Burswood WA

Featuring: Ross Wilson 1927 Glenn Shorrock Wendy Matthews Pseudo Echo Eurogliders Swanee Steve Kilbey (from The Church) Wa Wa Nee Shane Howard (from Goanna)

Deeper South at The Fly By Night Musicians Club

Fly by Night Musicians Club, Victoria Hall Building 179 High St, Fremantle

'Deeper South' heads Further West.... The Shane Howard Trio has been touring the album all over the country since the albums release 18 months ago – and Howard also took the songs to Ireland last year – testing the sails on foreign shores. In November they travel to Perth, bringing ‘Deeper South’ to the west!

Special guest for Glen Hansard

Palais Theatre , 12 Lower Esplanade , St Kilda, Victoria

Shane Howard Trio will be joining Glen Hansard in Melbourne at the Palais Theatre on Oct 26th as special guests for his one night performance.

Beyond Festival Canberra

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Greenhills Centre, 1437 Cotter Rd, Stromlo ACT 2611



Various Venues, Clunes, Victoria

CluneyTunes festival is a brand new, intimate, boutique style festival, offering an action-packed weekend program of world-class concerts, instrumental and other workshops and lots of jam sessions and the opportunity to meet or play a tune with the great line-up of musicians.

Heart of St Kilda Concert

Palais Theatre , Lower Esplanade, St Kilda, Victoria

Sacred Heart Mission is excited to announce that Ross Wilson, Judith Lucy, Red Symons, Ella Hooper, Paul Dempsey, Jimeoin, The Rebelles, Deborah Conway with Clare Bowditch and Maddy and Memphis Kelly, and Jeff Green, will join Russell Morris, Kutcha Edwards, Shane Howard, Olympia, The Meltdown, Rebecca Barnard and Billy Miller with the Caravan Choir and Melbourne Tap Dance for its special annual fundraiser,


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Redland Showgrounds, Long Street , Cleveland, Queensland 4163

RedFest is an annual music and cultural festival held in September in Cleveland, just 25 minutes east of Brisbane on beautiful Moreton Bay. It is Redland City’s premier event and boasts musicians and artists from across the globe.

John Cummins Memorial Dinner 10th Anniversary Spectacular

Atrium Flemington Event Centre , Flemington Racecourse, Flemington, Melbourne. Victoria

The John Cummins Memorial Fund was established to honour the legacy of John Cummins who died in August 2006 as the result of a brain tumour. The JCMF was initiated by John’s family, friends and comrades and receives generous support from the Construction & General division, Victorian Branch, CFMEU.
 Our aims: 
 To raise funds to support: the wellbeing of cancer patients diagnosed with a brain tumour
 social inclusion of young people experiencing financial disadvantage through funding our Dare to Dream scholarship program and targeted team sporting activities.

Freedom Day Festival - 50

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Kalkaringi, NT

The 50th Anniversary of Freedom Day Festival will be held from August 19 – 21 in the Kalkaringi/Daguragu Community, over 750km south from Darwin. It is expected to be the biggest Indigenous festival in Australia’s history with over 10,000 people estimated to attend. Amongst them are the likes of the Lingiari and Mabo families as well as the Hardy and Hollows families who have been long-term supporters. Some of Australia’s top entertainers will also be present in addition to representatives from all levels of government.

Oriel Glennen- 'Dead Reckoning' CD Launch

Lecture Hall, Sackville Street, Port Fairy, Victoria

“There is a beautiful truth to the songs that speak something universal. It deserves to be heard further afield. It’s a world-class album.” Oriel will be joined on stage by Shane Howard, Pete Bird, Brenton Smith and Myra Howard with some special guests. Tickets available at the Port Fairy Visitor Information Centre - 03 55 682682, or online.


Festival Of Voices Unplugged

Bushland Gardens, 5598 Tasman Hwy, Buckland Tasmania

Experience amazing food, wine, world class beaches and vistas, wrapped up with some incredible vocal and musical talents from across the country.

Big Red Bash

Big Red Dune, Birdsville, QLD

3 days and nights of music …… Iconic Australian artists, set in an iconic location on the edge of the Simpson Desert, with the iconic Big Red Dune as stage backdrop …. It doesn’t get much better than this!

He sounds as though he has drunk deeply from the same fountain that gave the world Henry Lawson, Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan.”

— Bruce Elder - Sydney Morning Herald

Howard is one of Australia's most influential songwriters who combines a deep understanding of poetic and musical folk traditions and captures something essential of the spirit of Australia in words and music. Nevertheless, his songs have a global reach and explore universal themes. ”

— Aziz Choudry, Montreal.

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