Roaring Jack

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Roaring Jack
OriginSydney, Australia
GenresCeltic punk
Years active1985–1992
LabelsMighty Boy
Past membersAlistair Hulett
Rod Gilchrist
Dave Williams
Rab Mannell
Steph Miller
Steve Thompson
Hunter Owens

Roaring Jack was an Australian Celtic punk/folk punk band of the 1980s and 1990s. The band was nominated for two ARIA Music Awards during their career.[1]

The band's singer Alistair Hulett died at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow of liver failure and cancer on 28 January 2010.[2][3] Rod Gilchrist died in 1998 and Steve Thompson in 2000.[4]


Roaring Jack played all over Australia from 1985 to 1992 and developed a huge cult following.[3] Their debut EP Street Celtability was recorded and produced at Studios 301 in Sydney in July 1987. First album The Cat Among the Pigeons was released in November 1988.[3]



Title Details
Street Celtability
  • Released: 1987
  • Label: Mighty Boy (MBEP0002)
  • Format: Vinyl
The Cat Among the Pigeons
  • Released: November 1988
  • Label: Mighty Boy (MBLP7007)
  • Format: Vinyl, CD
Through the Smoke of Innocence
  • Released: November 1990
  • Label: Mighty Boy (MBLP7016)
  • Format: Vinyl, CD
Roaring Jack - The Complete Works
  • Released: 2002
  • Label: Jump Up Records
  • Format: CD


Year Title Album
1988 "The Thin Red Line" The Cat Among the Pigeons
"Destitution Road"
1989 "The Swaggies Have All Waltzed Matilda Away"
1991 "Framed" non-album single


ARIA Music Awards[edit]

The ARIA Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony that recognises excellence, innovation, and achievement across all genres of Australian music. Roaring Jack were nominated for two awards.[5]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1989 The Cat Among the Pigeons ARIA Award for Best New Talent Nominated
1991 Through the Smoke of Innocence ARIA Award for Best Independent Release Nominated


  1. ^ "Alistair's Biography". folkicons. 15 June 2006. Retrieved 30 January 2010.
  2. ^ "Mr Zine". monthly review. 2010. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "Roaring Jack". Roaring Jack. 2011. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Alistair Hulett Interview".
  5. ^ "ARIA Awards Search Results - Roaring Jack". ARIA Awards. Retrieved 1 August 2020.