Category Archives: Music

Music of the Spinifex Country

A few weeks ago, thanks to my friends Deb and Matt, I had the chance to view Mick Angus’s 2006 film from Marcom Projects, Ooldea.  It tells the story of a collaboration between composer Iain Grandage and a group of … Continue reading

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Yolngu Songmen: Rorruwuy Manikay

Last week I shared a couple of clips of Yolngu rock ‘n’ roll from the Seven Star Band, a bunch of rowdy young rockers (and I say that with love in my heart). This week, I want to turn to … Continue reading

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Yolngu Songmen: Seven Star Band

Each year at Christmastime I try to kick back a little and instead of putting together an essay, I try to offer a little lighter entertainment: photographs, or short reading lists, or something similar.  This year, it’s time for some … Continue reading

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Big Name No Blanket

At the end of May 2007, I found myself in Alice Springs for a couple of days as part of a tour of Aboriginal communities and art centres sponsored by Austrade.  We had an afternoon free and so I made … Continue reading

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At Last, The Sapphires Play the States

We finally got to watch The Sapphires last night. I expect that everyone in Australia who’s reading this saw the film a long time ago, but it had very limited theatrical release in America.  It is, however, out on Netflix  now, so … Continue reading

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Warakurna Artists and the Yurliya Band

I’m delighted today to present a guest post by Edwina Circuitt, the long-serving coordinator at Warakurna Artists.  After nearly a decade of service to the art centre and the elders who find occupation, companionship, and purpose there, Edwina is now … Continue reading

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Black Arm Band Premiers ‘Dirtsong’ in the US

Shellie Morris celebrated her birthday in style this year.  Along with other members of the Black Arm Band, Shellie was in Hanover, New Hampshire, at Dartmouth College, to present the US premier of their third major production, dirtsong.  Immediately after … Continue reading

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