“What better way to close off two weeks of festivities and celebrate NAIDOC week than a sumptuous evening of First Nations stories and songs” – Rachel Chant, Festival Director
An eclectic evening of stories and songs from some of Sydney’s most treasured musicians and storytellers. This rich evening will see three acts woven together to create a powerful closing night event. Curated expertly by Troy Russell, this is not to be missed.
GiiMusic draws on a deep love of folk and all music styles to express heartfelt storytelling in their music. Founded by Troy Russell and Bree Baxter in 2016, Gii means heart in the language of the Gamillaroi people. Hailing from Hill End, vocalist Leila Hamilton joined Troy and Bree after meeting them at a series of concerts held in Redfern NSW. Chris Beltran on ukelele and guitar completes the band and adds to the distinct sound of GiiMusic.
Akala Newman, Wiradjuri and Gadigal singer songwriter, performs a never-before-seen live acoustic set with her ‘brother from another mother’, Will D, on guitar. Different from her regular dance vibe, Akala invites you to sit and relax, letting her lyrics do the talking as she performs her new and old electro-escapist pop hits with a twist.
“Wiradjuri/Gadigal woman and super talented singer, songwriter, actor and activist, Akala Newman’s got a lot of feathers in her cap. Her beautiful voice and dramatic music is just the sorta thing you need to add to your playlists.” Syrup
The Last Shot by Troy Russell
With its premiere at this year’s Yellamundi Festival, The Last Shot is a 40-minute music journey about a young couple in flight after a tragic event. A story that tells of the love and happiness that is found in each other’s arms and hearts, but also of the tragedies and injustices that have befallen the people whose lives have been lost in colonial Australia. This story of anger and sorrow is told by GiiMusic through conceptual composition with a folk twist.
Violin Bree Baxter
Vocals Leila Hamilton
Ukelele and Guitar Chris Beltran
Guitar & Narration Troy Russell
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