Colin Buchanan (musician)

Colin Buchanan
Born 1964 (age 5354)
Dublin, Ireland
Origin Bourke, New South Wales, Australia
Genres Country, Children's, Christian
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica
Years active 1991–present

Colin Buchanan (born 1964 in Dublin, Ireland) is an Australian singer, entertainer and multi-instrumentalist.


Colin moved with his family to Melbourne as a six-year-old, Australia and then Peakhurst, Sydney, before moving to the outback with his wife for a couple of years, studying with Cornerstone Community. This included a year in Bourke, in the corner country of New South Wales, and another in Grenfell, New South Wales.


Colin has won nine Golden Guitar country music awards and has written songs with Lee Kernaghan, Adam Brand and Troy Cassar-Daley. His song "Hat Town", written with Lee Kernaghan, won an APRA Award, while his Christmas album, recorded with Greg Champion, has become an Australian classic, in particular his "Aussie Jingle Bells", now a staple at school end-of-year concerts. He was nominated for four Aria Awards in 1993 for Best Country Album for Hard Times (lost to Lee Kernaghan for The Outback Club), in 1994 for Best Children's Album for I Want My Mummy (lost to Mic Conway for Whoopee), in 1998 for Best Country Album for Edge of the Kimberley (lost to Shanly Del for My Own Sweet Time) and in 2013 for Best Comedy Release for The TGIF Songs of Colin Buchanan (lost to Tom & Alex for The Bits Were Least Ashamed Of).

Colin was a regular presenter on ABC TV's Play School from 1991 to 1999[1] , when the program was revamped. More recently he appeared on Playhouse Disney, a co-production between Australia's Seven Network and Disney Channel. He appeared with Monica Trapaga each year representing Seven and Disney on Carols in the Domain. For 20 years he hosted Qantas' in-flight audio entertainment, predominantly "Big Country", pioneering the guest co-host format eventually adopted across all Qantas inflight audio channels.

Since the mid-1990s, Colin has devoted much of his time to producing Christian albums. In particular, his children's albums are popular across Australia, United Kingdom and in parts of the United States. A former school teacher at several schools, his songs can be heard playing in many a primary classroom and Sunday School.

Personal life

Colin and his wife Robyn have four children named Elliot, Laura, Emily and Riley



  • Galahs in the Gidgee (1991)
  • Hard Times (1992)
  • I Want My Mummy (1993)
  • The Measure of a Man (1994)
  • Aussie Christmas With Bucko & Champs (1995)
  • Remember the Lord (1996)
  • Practise Being Godly (1997)
  • Follow the Saviour (1998)
  • Edge of the Kimberley (1999)
  • Real Hope (2000)
  • Live in the Big Tent (2000)
  • Special Edition Volume # 1 (compilation of demos) (2000)
  • Land of the Getaway (2001)
  • 10, 9, 8... God Is Great (2002)
  • God of Wonders (2003)
  • Baa Baa Doo Baa Baa (compilation) (2003)
  • Jesus Rocks the World (2004)
  • King of Christmas (Double CD) (2005)
  • Bourke To Beaconsfield (compilation) (2006)
  • Nicky Nacky Nocky Noo (2006)
  • Colin's Favourites (Compilation) (2007)
  • Super Saviour (2008)
  • Boom Chicka Boom (2009)
  • Live in the Big Tent (Special Edition) (2010)
  • God Rock (2011)
  • The Songwriter Sessions (2012)
  • The TGIF Songs Of Colin Buchanan (Double CD) (2013)
  • King of the Jungle (2013)
  • The Jesus Hokey Pokey (2014)
  • Jingle Jingle Jesus (2015)
  • Boss Of The Cross (2016)
  • Colin's Crackers Favourites Vol 2 (2016)
  • Living on the Rock (2016)
  • Calvary Road (2017)
  • Colin's New Testament Big Bible Story Songs (2017)
  • Jesus The Game Changer (2017)


  • Missin' Slim (Lee Kernaghan & Colin Buchanan) (2004 tribute to the deceased Slim Dusty)
  • Goodbye, Crocodile Hunter (2006 tribute to the deceased Steve irwin)


  1. IMDB Credited as a cast member
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