SHANE HOWARD AND BAND
For 40 years Shane Howard's songs have mapped an Australian landscape. From the dry desert landscape where he penned his anthemic Solid Rock to the wild rivers of Tasmania, Let the Franklin Flow he’s created a uniquely Australian voice and traversed a vast landscape in his travels.
Now he travels to Central Victoria, accompanied by a band of old friends and accomplished musicians: Rory McDougall (Drums), Ruben Shannon(Bass), Bruce Haymes (Keys), John Hudson( Guitar/Dobro) and Ewen Baker (Fiddle/Mandolin) along with some very special guests, for a special night of music with old friends and new.
This retrospective concert is exclusive to the Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival and will pay homage to Howard’s thirteen albums and 40 year musical journey of singing, writing and journeying the globe, from campfires to concert halls.
YIRRMAL AND THE MILIYWUTJ
Yirrmal is the Youngblood (the title of his new debut EP) of the next generation and he is setting an example of living in two worlds, balancing between traditional and contemporary cultures.
He is an inspiring songwriter and guitarist with a powerful voice, singing songs about life and culture in both his first language of Yolngu Matha and English. Yirrmal fuses traditional and contemporary arrangements and sings with feeling and depth beyond his years.
He openly shares his identity, spirit and connection to the land and engages the hearts of those that are lucky enough to hear him. Yirrmal will perform with his three-piece ‘Yirrmal and the Miliyawutj’, giving a rocking edge to his songs. ‘Miliyawutj’ is a Yolngu word that refers to fertile waters where the fresh and salt meet, inferring a balance between two entities. These powerful live performances are something every Australian should experience.
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