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Phil Cleary's view on Australian politics, people, vfl and afl football, music, history and literature Phil Cleary's view on Australian politics, people, vfl and afl football, music, history and literature Home : Music : Shane Howard Phil Cleary's view on Australian politics, people, vfl and afl football, music, history and literature

 

 

 

SHANE HOWARD

(Sean O'hIomhair)

Shane Howard is synonymous with Solid Rock, the first great musical anthem to our black history. Recorded in 1982 the song propelled the Goanna band and Howard himself into the spotlight.

Shane Howard - beyond hope's bridge - 2001

www.shanehoward.com.au

These days Shane continues to write evocative and stirring songs that grapple with our history, black and white, and search for a life beyond the materialism that often suffocates us.

The purity of his music places him in the tradition of Irish legends such as Andy Irvine and Christy Moore. Sean O'hIomhair as he'd have been known if the British conquest of Ireland had failed and his people hadn't left home, might write with his heart, but he never loses his eye for truth.

As coincidence would have it Shane's great grandmother was a Cleary from Silvermines in County Tipperary not far from where my own Cleary ancestors lived in Anglesboro County Limerick just over the Tipperary border.

In a further coincidence my Cleary ancestors lived on a field alongside the Howards. In occupied Ireland the Gaelic O'hIomhair sometimes took the anglicised form Ivory. The name Ivory is found in the parish of Galbally. John and Patrick Ivory were godfathers to various Cleary children in baptisms recorded in December 1831 and January 1832 in that parish.

After a visit to his great grandmother, Mary Cleary's birthplace in Tipperary, Shane wrote the song Silvermines:

I was born in the Silvermines 1842

The daughter of a farmer our lives were hard but true

Till the famine stole my family I buried every one........

 

The Howards boys of Anglesboro and Kilbehenny buried their parents in this plot in the Brigown cemetery in Mitchelstown County Cork only a few miles from Anglesboro.

The village of Silvermines is approximately 20 kilometres west of Borrisoleigh, from where John Egan emigated to Port Phillip in 1840. Egan left a great legacy in Victoria that includes a consecrated cemetery outside Daylesford. The cemetery and the surrounding district carries the name Eganstown. Click on the history menu for details.

 

Peter Rotumah - from Heywood in the western district of Victoria - joins Shane on Solid Rock at La Trobe University( 4 April 2003)

 

 

 


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