Yorta Yorta singer/songwriter Benny Walker is the real deal. His love songs and epic tales are mixed with passion for people, the land, summer vibes and deep grooves that reach the soul.
Benny Walker won the “Best Aboriginal Act” for 2016 The Age/Music Victoria awards and delivers a great show. His shows at the recent Byron Blues fest blew people away. Capturing hearts with darker tracks reflecting a shadowy side.
Benny’s killer voice and songwriting talents have impressed audiences far & wide. Nominated for 4 NIMA awards in 2016 > New Talent of the Year, Best Song, Best Cover art and Best film clip for Oh No You Don’t a song that shot to No.1 on the AMRAP chart was soon followed by another No.1 with the heart wrenching single SAVE. 2016 closed on a winning streak when Benny took home the gong for Best Aboriginal Act at The Age Music Victoria Music Awards.
aka Neil Morris is a Yorta Yorta, Independent Artist based in Naarm (Melbourne). With his roots as a cultural performer, Neil brings a striking interdisciplinary approach to his art as an MC, Instrumentalist, poet and songwriter. In 2018 under DRMNGNOW Neil released potent track 'Australia does not exist' followed up by 'Indigenous land'. Both tracks received high critical praise locally and globally with airplay in locations such including Canada , the US, and UK. DRMNGNOW has headlined festivals such as Two Worlds, and Happy Wanderer, and is is currently working on his debut full length album set for release in 2019. Don’t miss out on this one!
We are excited to have Leah Flanagan coming all the way from Darwin to play a set at @womindjekabalnarring on 23 March 2019. Songwriter, singer and sometimes ukulele whisperer, Leah Flanagan draws deep from a fascinating historical, geographical and cultural mix of Aboriginal, Irish and Italian. Her incredible journey as an artist is woven with star-studded collaboration with the likes of John Cale, Sinead O’Connor, poet Sam Wagan Watson; touring productions the Buried Country, The Spirit of Churaki, Mission Songs Project, The Black Arm Band to duetting with Paul Kelly, Ursula Yovich and Marlon Williams. See you there! ☀️
A bluesman at heart, avid wanderer reflecting troubadour tradition, albeit delicately picked ballads to foot stomping slide guitar driven downhome blues swagger, Melbourne singer-songwriter & guitarist Matt Katsis features a “one-man-band” approach through use of percussive elements of the acoustic guitar, kick drum, stompbox and tambourine. This has seen Matt take to audiences far and wide with the ease and merit that parallel’s his music. See Matt Katsis Music perform at our festival in March! ☀️
James Henry will be performing a solo acoustic set at our festival. Realising the importance of lyrics in a stripped back format, his carefully crafted songs are designed to educate, inspire and humour. With a laid back but engaging stage manner he breaks down the barrier between stage and crowd to create a personal experience with his listeners. Come and check out the very talented James Henry at our festival, March 23rd 🌿
Something the kids will love.... The Djirri Djirri dance group are all energy and story telling through dance. The whole family will be drawn to the cultural explanations, creation stories of dances performed and yes the audience gets to participation.
Djirri Djirri means willy wagtail and is known very well as the dancing bird. All songs are sung in Woiwurrung language. 🎶
Carissa Watts is a Yorta Yorta / Dja Dja Warrung girl local to the Peninsula and will be performing at our festival. Her love for the ocean & nature mixed with stories about family, culture and trauma make for some real and raw acoustic tunes that come straight from the soul 🌿
Lucky, a story teller and musician local to the Mornington Peninsula, has for over 10 years drawn from his passion for the environment, universe, culture, love, and freedom, to convey messages that unite all people. With a knack for instilling empowerment, passion and drive in his audience, Lucky has a way of making you feel good about the change to come.
The diversity of his context, it’s portrayal through intricate guitar riffs and foot percussion keep you on your tapping toes for the whole show, inevitably providing an infectious, feel good vibe. It’s no wonder he was invited to share the stage with the likes of Dallas Frasca, Ash Grunwald, Blue King Brown, Katchafire and Shane Howard to name a few.
After recently touring, and selling out his debut EP ‘Home’ in WA, Lucky has rekindled projects with his bands ‘Moonah Ripp’ and ‘Luck-Louise’ with his sister Heidi Louise. “2018 looks to be fun” says Lucky.
“In this world so tiny, we’re limited by not size, by not technology, by not resources. No, in this world we are only limited by our inability to contemplate a common goal, for the good of us all past, present, and future”. – Lucky