Venue: Bar Badu
Thirty-one years since his hit song Solid Rock, Shane Howard takes the stage with Black Arm Band’s Emma Donovan, Amy Saunders (Tiddas) and the latest Aboriginal talent from the Gurrumul’s home in the Top End of Australia.
Shane Howard is a consistent and prolific songwriter, who has refined his art with twelve solo albums, two books and a stable of great production credits, establishing him as a significant contributor to Australia’s folklore. The album, Spirit of Place (1982) which includes the hit single ‘Solid Rock’, was written with his band Goanna after a profound experience at an inma (traditional song and dance ceremony) at Uluru in 1981. His songs have been recorded by artists as diverse as Ireland's Mary Black and Australia's John Farnham and Troy Cassar-Daley. Shane has been a producer for the Pigram Brothers, Street Warriors, Mary Black, Archie Roach and the soundtrack for the Jimmy Chi musical, Corrugation Road. He is a founding member of the celebrated Black Arm Band.
Amy Saunders (a Gunditjmara woman from Portland) is best
known as part of the ARIA award-winning band Tiddas. Her traditional folk,
with world-music influences, features lyrics about Indigenous Australian issues
and her experiences as a First Nation’s women. As well as enjoying a flourishing solo career, Saunders has contributed to the development of community music,
lending support to a variety of causes by performing at benefit concerts and
speaking at youth and women's forums.
A passionate singer, songwriter and collaborative vocal artist, Donovan’s musical expression is a fusion of roots, reggae and soul that’s widely recognised for her distinctive husky voice. Her lyrical content speaks of significant stories and personal accounts that she sings with confidence and pride, often revitalising the language of her people the Gumbaynggirr. Contribution to community initiatives is an important element of her work. Today, Emma continues to join ensemble bands such as Black Arm Band and Barefoot Divas, and has now embarked on an exciting new collaboration with Melbourne based band The Putbacks.
Every now and then a new generation of refreshing talent comes along that you just cannot miss. With music inspired by his family and original members of Yothu Yindi, including grandfather the late Dr Yunipinugu and his father Witiyana Marika, singer-songwriter Yirrmal, is making an exciting entrance into the music scene. Armed with a guitar and a beautifully powerful voice from the community of Yirrkala, Yirrmal fuses music from the traditional Manikay styles and rhythms of north-east Arnhem Land with soulful language ballads. His work celebrates his homeland and culture and he engages audiences with a depth and feeling beyond his years. Having completed his HSC in 2012, Yirrmal Marika can now focus on his studies at the Conservatorium of Music. He has however found the time to release his debut EP, Deep Blue Sea.
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