Artist of the Month
November 100% Home-Grown Feature Artist
Welcome to Highland FM’s 100% Home-Grown, a program dedicated to giving a voice to the rich diversity of contemporary Australian musicians and songwriters.
Local song makers help tell our stories, contribute to our culture and give voice to our communities.
Each month Highland FM will feature a selected artist from our region, including live interviews, performances new releases and more.
If you like what you hear, you can discover more about our feature artist on this page, find out how they got into music, what makes them tick and listen to their latest releases on demand.
Artist of the Month: Peter Campbell
100% Home-Grown Artist Of The Month is Southern Highlands’ based, internationally acclaimed folk artist Peter Campbell.
Adam will introduce and chat to Peter on Highland FM’s award winning 100% Home-Grown program on Saturday 5th November between 5-7pm. His music will be featured on the program and throughout the month on Highland FM 107.1
In a career spanning over 50 years, Peter Campbell’s music has been an ongoing exploration of his political and environmental concerns alongside the bitter-sweet matters of the human heart. It is an authentic voice, charged with honesty, activism, human emotion, humour and personal politics.
Peter has performed around the world and released a number of albums over this time Of Time and its Distance, Across the Border and Rear View Mirror, a double CD featuring a live concert and a compilation CD from the two earlier vinyl albums. Across the Border was produced by Noel Paul Stookey (Paul of Peter, Paul & Mary fame) in Maine, USA. PP&M covered his song ‘Wild Places’ on their album ‘Such is Love’; he supported them on their 1982 Australian Tour.
In the 2020s Peter brings a wealth of finely crafted songs to contemporary audiences playing 6 and 12 string guitars, and banjo. A believer in the power of voices in harmony – raised as ‘communities in action’ – anthems written and performed during the fight for the Franklin River in Tasmania (One Last Wild River), and the Peace Rallies of the 80s (Hope is Rising), engender a joining of hearts and voices that transcends the pure ‘listening experience’. The Australian fires of 2019/2020 inspired Circle of Wonder, a moving tribute to the people of the Southern Highlands that provided such deep support and love to fire affected communities. Same Science is a hilarious take on the hypocrisy of cherry-picking scientific research to suit a denialist agenda in a world in the grip of climate change.
In 2020, another song, Waited Too Long, triggered by unprecedented drought, devastating bushfires, the social dislocation, financial trauma and the rise of domestic violence with the arrival of COVID, became the Anthem for the United Nations International Summit on Domestic/Family Violence in the COVID-19 Era. This three-day global event out of New York featured leading experts in the field and participants from 47 countries; it was translated into six languages, featured a special greeting from the Pope and was opened by the Antonio Guterres, secretary-general of the United Nations.
Peter and his wife Jan live in Moss Vale, in Australia’s beautiful Southern Highlands.
Listen to Peter Campbell on 100% Home-Grown
Adam chats to our November Artist of the Month, Peter Campbell.