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Graeme Connors:

Having both spent a large part of our lives in Mackay Queensland, Brad and I had often talked about co-writing. However, for a variety of reasons, the right opportunity just didn’t occur.

Then along came the 2017 Flagon and Dragon fund raising appeal… for 25 years I have been the ‘musical ambassador’ for a group of incredibly generous people from Mackay who hold riotous luncheons every two years raising funds for a variety of Children’s Hospital needs. To date, just under $2,000,000 has been donated hospitals and various other organisations dedicated to assisting children in a myriad of ways.

Brad generously offered to be part of the afternoon’s mayhem and I thought what better way to do what we do and contribute to the cause than co-write a song with him, record it and direct the proceeds to the Flagon and Dragon Fund Inc.

‘I’ve Got Your Back’ seemed to come with its own positive energy from the outset and Brad and I spent the whole time writing with smiles on our faces. Matt Fell recorded, played and directed musical traffic in his inimitable way with various musicians adding their enthusiasm along the way. Josh Schuberth, Paul Berton, Brad and I, had a really memorable day with Matt and it is captured perfectly in this track.

Now available for purchase by download from your favourite site – all record company and artist royalties flow in perpetuity to The Flagon and Dragon Fund Inc to contribute to the great work this organisation continues to do for Children in need of assistance.


About Graeme Connors:
Graeme Connors is riding high on the success of his “60 Summers” album – a career-spanning collection which was ranked in the Top 5 best-selling Australian country albums of 2016 and gave GC the highest ARIA Album chart placing of his career. The singles from that album, “Mt Everest” and “60 Summers” have connected with fans and the industry alike, with the latter peaking at #1 on The Music Network Official Country Airplay chart and earning Graeme three Golden Guitar Awards finalists spots in Single of the Year, Video of the Year and APRA AMCOS Song of the Year.

Graeme’s outstanding 40-year career has yielded 16 top-selling studio albums, 14 Golden Guitar Awards, an ARIA Award, two APRA Awards, two MO Awards, 12 Tamworth Songwriters Association Awards and he is widely regarded as one of Australia’s finest singer-songwriters. Graeme shows no signs of slowing down and has begun work on his next studio album.

About Brad Butcher:
Brad Butcher is having a stella year following the release of “From The Bottom Of A Well” his third album. The album is his finest work to date cementing him at the forefront of a new generation of Australian story tellers. Recorded with highly acclaimed and multi award winning Australian producer Matt Fell, at Sydney’s Love Hz Studio. “From The Bottom Of A Well” encompasses Butchers take on Americana music, a great blending of genres, to create a sound that is uniquely his. It also showcases the further development and outstanding quality of Butchers songwriting and vocal prowess.

Butcher’s lyrics have a point to make rather than a box to tick, so at times you’ll find people struggling with mental health rather than the state of the crops, men who don’t know exactly how this works, women who matter but won’t necessarily be held, wrong decisions made and paid for, and moments when all that can be said is a call for clarity to help get to the next point in a life. Bernard Zuel

About Flagon & Dragon:
The ‘Flagon & Dragon’ fundraising luncheon is a biennial event initiated in 1992 when a small group of business leaders met and raised almost $2000 initially donated to the Variety Club of Queensland. The drive to fundraise was steered on by a personal experience by one of these businessmen and his son, and subsequent events raised funds that were donated to the Children’s Wards at both Mackay Base and Mackay Mater Hospitals. These funds allowed the Hospitals to purchase equipment allowing children to be treated at home rather than travelling afield.

25 years on, 13 luncheons later the Mackay region has benefited to the tune of just under  $2,000,000 due to the hard work of a few, and the tremendous support of many. The Flagon & Dragon organising committee are devoted to raising much needed funds for sick children and their families within the Mackay region. The 2017 Flagon & Dragon luncheon which featured Graeme and Brad’s premier performance of ‘I’ve Got Your Back’, raised over $200,000 to be distributed over the next few months.

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