Kev Carmody

Kev Carmody


Experience the inspiring life and music of Songman, Kev Carmody

“Poet. Radical. Grandad. National treasure.” Songman

Kev Carmody, the musician who penned one of Australia’s most famous songs, ‘From Little Things, Big Things Grow’, lights up the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall stage for an intimate live performance and screening of Brendan Fletcher’s acclaimed new documentary, Songman.

Carmody is one of Australia’s pre-eminent singer songwriters, a wordsmith whose often politically charged and socially aware lyrics early in his career found him described as “Australia’s black Bob Dylan”. Of Aboriginal and Irish heritage, both cultures famous for oral histories in song, Kev was born to be a story-teller.

Carmody has just released 40 never-before-recorded songs as part of a deluxe CD box set spanning over 40 years of song-writing. To coincide with this release, Australian film director Brendan Fletcher (Mad Bastards, Oscar Wilde’s The Nightingale and The Rose, 900 Neighbours) has documented Kev Carmody’s fascinating creative journey while recording his new album from a shearing shed in Queensland.

Carmody is best known for his song ‘From Little Things Big Things Grow’, inspired by the story of The Gurindji Strike, Vincent Lingiari and the struggle for indigenous land rights and reconciliation.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre


Poet. Radical. Grandad. National Treasure. Songman is an intimate portrait of one of the most influential figures in Australian music today. Aboriginal musician Kev Carmody is one of Australia’s most celebrated songwriters. Nicknamed ‘Australia’s Bob Dylan,’ Kev was recently inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame and his music has been lauded by Paul Kelly as “one of Australia’s greatest cultural treasures.”

This reflective film documents Kev as he records his most innovative album yet. Kev discovered a collection of unrecorded songs written in the 1970s and 80s dating to his time working in droving camps and on factory floors. In an abandoned shearing shed in Southern Queensland, Kev recorded these gems. Friends and colleagues Paul Kelly, Missy Higgins and Dan Sultan shed light on Kev Carmody and discuss his influence on their creative lives. Film-maker Brendan Fletcher has worked with Kev for many years and this film is a vibrant reflection of their creative relationship.

Click here to watch the trailer.


Carmody has just released 40 never-before-recorded songs as part of a deluxe CD box set spanning over 40 years of song-writing.

Experience the magic now: get a taste of Carmody’s new album Reflection Recollections with this track.