Carmody, Kev

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Australian Aboriginal musician

Carmody was initially raised in Queensland with his family. His father was Irish and his mother an Aboriginal woman. Aged nine, he was separated from them and became one of the Stolen Generation, sent to school in Toowoomba.

He has been a cattle drover, welder, civil rights activist and musician. After leaving school at 16 he entered university at 33, and has done post-graduate study in history at the University of Queensland.

He is primarily known as a singer-songwriter, whose work is rooted in the struggles of the Aboriginal people. His albums include Eulogy, Pillars of Society, Arnhemland and Bloodlines. According to one source (reference 1 below), Carmody, like fellow-musician Archie Roach, was adopted, but I can find no other substantiation of this.


Jackson, Leon. "Archie Roach." Available at:
Diggins, Sean. "Kev Carmody [Interview]," Revue, 24 March 1994
"Kev Carmody." [Includes portraits]. Available at:
Johnson, Rob. "Looking Out: Interview with Kev Carmody," Perfect Beat, 1(2) (1993). [Includes portrait]. Also available at:
The Encyclopaedia of Aboriginal Australia: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History, Society and Culture, David Horton, general editor. (Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press for the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, 1994)


Australian Aboriginal
20th Century
21st Century
Music and Dance
Figures Whose Adoption or Fostering Is Fictitious, Disputed or Unconfirmed
School-age Years, Adolescence
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