Presenting a spark of experimental and dynamic Indigenous creativity, TERRAIN, is a chance for music fans to experience some of the most exciting and innovative Indigenous musicians on the cusp of their ascension into the heart of the music industry.
TERRAIN 2017 is presented in partnership with Laneway Festival.
Full Wominjeka Festival 2017 Program HERE.
WHEN: Saturday 14 January, 4pm
VENUE: FCAC Riverside Lawn
THE LINE UP:
Winner of four National Indigenous Music Awards, Stanley Gawurra Gaykamangu, like fellow Yolngu artist Gurrumul, ‘commands attention regardless of backdrop’ (Rolling Stone). Hailing from Arnhem Land with a deeply resonant voice and musical sensitivity to match, Gawurra won 2015 NT Song of the Year in the Pop category for his song “Ratja Yaliyali”. A beautiful melody and a well-known Yolngu Songline, Ratja Yaliyali translates to ‘vine of love’ – a thread that keeps everything connected. When Yolngu people hear it they feel the spirit in their hearts. A gentle and genuine young leader, Gawurra is due to be an Elder in his community and is passionate about keeping his Gupapuyngu language strong. He has recently performed at Nannup Music Festival (WA), Basin Festival (VIC), Federation Square, the Marngrook Footy Show, Walking With Spirits Festival, Garma Festival and supported Peter Garrett at Darwin Festival.
Leah Flanagan melds an ageless voice with complex and alluring lyrics in a combination that has audiences entranced. It’s a sound reminiscent of singer/songwriters of the ‘70s, capturing hearts with laments and celebrations of love, sincerity and soul. A songwriter with Venetian, Aboriginal and Irish heritage, Leah draws deep from a fascinating historical, geographical and cultural mix. Leah and her band join Wominjeka fresh off the release of her album Saudades, an album that captures the full repertoire of emotions that we carry into our relationships – romantic and otherwise.
A Yorta Yorta man from Echuca, Benny Walker is the real deal and a star in the making. His love songs and epic tales are mixed with a deep groove and passion for the land. His latest offerings “Save” and “Oh No You Don’t” shot to number one on the AMRAP charts, with the latter earning him four 2016 National Indigenous Music Award nominations. These songs herald in a new direction in sound for Benny, mixing Blues and Roots with a contemporary guitar driven soul vibe. Benny has performed alongside some of Australia’s finest, including Archie Roach, Alex Lloyd, Blue King Brown and Tim Rogers. Along with a further nomination for Best Aboriginal Talent at The Age Music Victoria Awards recently; 2017 is going to be his year.
Alice Skye is a singer/songwriter, Wergaia woman and universal little sister. Now living in Melbourne, country Victoria is home to Alice. Growing up aside the Grampians she had no shortage of inspiration – music was unavoidable. She uses the pairing of vocals and piano and has a true passion for the songwriting process. Alice has had two tracks on rotation at triple j and was one of eight winners of the Alukura Songwriting Competition, recording at the CAAMA Music studios in Alice Springs while being mentored by the Stiff Gins. Her first EP is set to be released early 2017.
Presented in partnership with Laneway Festival as part of Wominjeka Festival 2017 and FCAC’s Indigenous Cultural Program.
1- Gawurra, Image by Pippa Samaya
2- Leah Flanagan, Image by Tajette O’Halloran
3- Benny Walker, Image by Carlo Santone
4- Alice Skye, Image by Danny McShane