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notes from the hard road and beyond from Melbourne Festival 2011

World Television Premiere: Friday 25 November, 8.30pm

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Direct from the closing night of Melbourne Festival 2011, soul singer Joss Stone, gospel legend Mavis Staples, Rickie Lee Jones, Something for Kate’s Paul Dempsey and hip hop artist Emmanuel Jal perform an uplifting evening of protest songs from throughout the ages. From abolition to the civil rights movement, women’s suffrage to the anti-war sentiments of the 1970’s, these songs have come to epitomise rebellion.

The concert weaves together music by Billie Holiday, Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Leonard Cohen, Pete Seeger and Green Day to form a soundtrack to freedom. Joined by Australia’s The Black Arm Band, this is a unique and joyous testament to the human spirit and the power of voice to change the world.

See the full track list here.


WATCH: Joss Stone and Paul Dempsey perform Throw Your Arms Around Me

In this duet, soul singer Joss Stone and Something for Kate’s Paul Demspey perform a beautiful rendition of the Hunters and Collectors classic, Throw You Arms Around Me. Watch it now.


WATCH: Joss Stone performs People Get Ready

Joss Stone applies her soul groove to The Impressions hit, People Get Ready. Watch it now.




WATCH: Mavis Staples performs Freedom Highway

Gospel icon Mavis Staples was joined onstage by members of The Black Arm Band to perform Freedom Highway, a Staples Singers hit that would become an anthem of Martin Luther King’s civil rights movement. Watch it now.


WATCH: Emmanuel Jal performs War Child

Born into the life of a child soldier in Sudan, Emmanuel Jal survived unbelievable struggles to emerge as a world-acclaimed hip-hop artist, spreading a message of peace and understanding. In this clip he performs his exploration of the life of a child soldier – War Child. Watch it now.


What Do You Believe?

Inspired by the revolutionary atmosphere at notes from the hard road and beyond, STUDIO installed a message wall and invited guests to leave their mark and answer a simple question: What do you believe…?

Watch the inspiring responses here. This incredible video features Archie Roach‘s haunting rendition of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ Into My Arms.