The Painted Ladies

The next generation of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists take the first Australian black protest album – and make it their own.

Aboriginal music pioneer Vic Simms recorded The Loner in 1973 while serving time in Bathurst Gaol. This album of country soul, regarded by many as a lost classic, has inspired countless artists.

Now, The Painted Ladies project brings the next generation of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists together to revisit and revive Australia’s first black protest songs.

Vic Simms joins emerging singer-song writer Luke Peacock, passionate performers The Medics and a range of guest artists for a special musical collaboration.

A brand new version of the album will be accompanied by a documentary, as well as a gritty, powerful live music experience.

Stranger In My Country

The Painted Ladies project and the Vic Simms story will unveil itself over the coming months with the album's official release on June 6th.

Get Back Into the Shadows

Get Back Into the Shadows is the first single from the forthcoming release The Painted Ladies : Selections From the Loner (Plus One Records/MGM). Buy the album on CD or vinyl here.

Vic Simms joins emerging singer-song writer Luke Peacock, passionate performers The Medics and a range of guest artists for a special musical collaboration that includes a brand new version of the album and an accompanying documentary, as well as a gritty, powerful live music experience.