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"Australian history does not read like history, but like the most beautiful lies. And all of a fresh new sort, no mouldy old stale ones. It is full of surprises, and adventures, and incongruities, and contradictions, and incredibilities; but they are all true, they all happened." The Wayward Tourist: Mark Twain’s Adventures in Australia (1897)
Craig Stewart's third studio album 'Frontier' is a journey in it's own right. It takes us back to a time when the continent had not yet been settled by Europeans, and was the domain of the Australian Aboriginal. A place of deep spiritual and cultural beliefs dating back some 50000 years to the stone age.
With the arrival of the first fleet in 1788 came a clash of culture. One of the world's great ancient races found themselves confronted by a far better resourced occupier.
Over the next century Australia was a true frontier. A place of bloodshed, hardship, convicts, drought, perseverance, exploration, bushrangers and gold. Mark Twain was absolutely right. To read these stories does indeed read like a book of 'beautiful lies'. But they DID happen, and with 'Frontier' the stories have been brought back to life in a truly unique way.
'Frontier' is an album designed to connect with all Australians whilst also opening up the stories behind a nation's modern evolution to the rest of the world.