Louise "Rose" Bygrave grew up
in Western Victoria and later attended art school in Ballarat and Melbourne.
Her musical career began in 1979 (early band: The Salty Dogs). Bygrave was
invited to join The Goanna Band, rising to prominence as
keyboardist/vocalist alongside Shane Howard and Marcia Howard in the early
'80s. The band recorded three albums and toured extensively, performing in
some of the remotest areas of Australia and forging strong bonds with
Aboriginal people and their culture. Their debut album Spirit of Place
won the ARIA Best Album of the Year, 1982, with "Solid Rock"
winning Best Single of the Year. In 1986 she toured briefly playing Reggae
with Australian Diva Wendy Saddington with Mick 'Python Lee' Liber on
Guitar, Angelica Booth on Bass, Javier Fredis on Congas and Dezzy McKenna on
Drums. At ENREC Studios in Tamworth they made one album Lightning Ridge
which was never released.
Bygrave issued a solo single, "Maybe Midnight" in June, 1989.
Bygrave began performing solo in 1991, and has worked as a sought after
Goanna reprised with a fourth album, Spirit Returns, in 1998, on
which Bygrave contributed three songs. The album was released at the
Melbourne Concert Hall as part of the 1999 Melbourne International Festival
Program. Between 1998-99 Bygrave was involved as a mentor in the Aboriginal
Song Lines program, which fosters emerging indigenous musicians.
In mid-1999, Bygrave produced and released her first solo album White
Bird. Four of the songs were added to compilation CDs and America's
Mollie O'Brien recorded one of the songs as well. In 2000 at the Woodford
Folk Festival Bygrave was invited to be the soloist with the choir during
the famous fire event. This was broadcast live to 1.5 billion people on a
worldwide link via the BBC. In 2001 she released her second solo album Walking
In 2002, Bygrave performed as the support act for Luka Bloom on his
Australian National tour. In December that year she organised a major
Benefit Concert called 'Bridges to Bali' to raise money for the Balinese
victims of the terrorist attack.
From 2003 to 2004, she continued her work as a musical mentor/Artist in
residence to troubled young people in regional Australia. She supported
Dennis Locorriere and Paul Brady on their respective National Tours.
Some of Bygrave's songs have also selected for use on various
soundtracks. Bygrave's work is renowned for compassionate songwriting -
reflecting on the land, love, and especially issues of indigenous and social
justice - and her voice and musicianship are regarded as among the best in
Australian contemporary folk. In 2009 she released a third solo album, North,
which was released at the Port Fairy Folk Festival.
In 2011, Rose collaborated with long-time friend and Goanna Member Marcia
Howard, to produce a CD called Pearl The CD was written and recorded
by them at their respective home studios and once again launched at Port
Fairy Folk Festival to capacity crowds. They continue to work together.
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