Kev Carmody has been awarded the Australia Council Don Banks Music Award for his outstanding contribution to Australian music.
Kev Carmody has been awarded the Australia Council Don Banks Music Award for his outstanding contribution to Australian music.

$60,000 award for muso Kev

GRANITE Belt resident Kev Carmody has been awarded Australia's most valuable individual music award.

Mr Carmody was awarded the $60,000 Australia Council Don Banks Music Award for his outstanding contribution to Australian music.

He is an artist, activist, storyteller and singer famous for working with the likes of Paul Kelly and was quoted by Rolling Stone magazine as the author of the "arguably the best protest album ever made in Australia".

In handing down the award, Australian Council Music Board chair Professor Matthew Hindson said Mr Carmody was a distinctively Australian artist.

"From blunt protest songs to poetic ballads, he performs with a clarity and grace that has won him fans across Australia and around the world," he said.

"Kev's music is an invaluable collection for the nation, but his contribution to music is greater than songs and stories."

Mr Carmody is well known in the region.

At 33, he enrolled in the Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education, now known as USQ, and studied music, then history and philosophy.

His first album, Pillars of Society, was released in 1988 followed Eulogy for a Black Person in 1991 and Bloodlines in 1993.

Images and Illusions was released in 1995 followed by Mirrors in 2003.

Professor Hindson said Kev's music was an invaluable collection for the nation.


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