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Dewayne Everettsmith releases debut album - 'Surrender' PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 14 March 2014 00:00

It was around June 2012, that Australians stopped in their tracks to view Tourism Australia’s stunning international television commercial, and were equally captivated by the vocal track that accompanied it. It was surely one of the most visually arresting television commercials in recent times, with a stunning use of music. The song was ‘It’s Like Love’, the artist, Hobart’s Dewayne Everettsmith.

Watch Dewayne Everettsmith's new video for "It's Like Love"

Fast forward eighteen months and Dewayne has released ‘It’s Like Love’, the first single to be lifted from his debut album ‘Surrender’, through Sony Music Australia. Recorded at Sing Sing and Woodstock Studios in Melbourne and Studios 301, Sydney, ‘Surrender’ was produced by Skinnyfish Music’s Michael Hohnen.

‘Surrender’ is a s sweeping journey, beautiful and captivating, equal parts uplifting and haunting. Each song is an insight into this young man’s life, showcasing heartfelt lyrics that hint of his life experiences. “When I wrote most of these songs, I was obviously in emotional turmoil – difficult things in my life,” explains Dewayne. “The idea was that when someone listens to it, it touches a nerve but they take a positive from it. That was the ultimate aim.”

Descended from both the Aboriginal community of Cape Barren Island and the Gunai/Kurnai people of Victoria, Dewayne’s career started at an early age, performing amongst his own Tasmanian Aboriginal community. Through various trials and tribulations he has grown as a performer, playing festival stages around Australia and across the Pacific, supporting the likes of Gurrumul, John Farnham, Archie Roach and Guy Sebastian, and dueting with Paul Kelly. Back in 2011, music critic Bruce Elder stated that he is … ‘a uniquely gifted singer with hints of the soul of Marvin Gaye and the sunny beauty of Johnny Nash.’

Whilst developing his music, Dewayne has also lent his support as national ambassador for the official Save The Tasmanian Devil Appeal, earned a Human Rights Week award for bringing Tasmanian Aboriginal Culture and language to the broader community, educating children and working to protect his aboriginal heritage, and was a Young Australian of the Year (Tasmania) Finalist 2014.

One listen to ‘It’s Like Love’ and ‘Surrender’ will tell you that this is an Australian performer of note, a rising star, an artist that will long make his mark on the Australian music scene. Fans will have an opportunity to experience Dewayne’s amazing live set as he tours the country, taking in the follow dates:


Thursday 6th Fly By Night ‘Fly Trap’, Fremantle, WA

Saturday 8th Kings Park, Perth (supporting Gurrumul)

Sunday 9th Spiegeltent (10 Days On The Island), Hobart, TAS

Tuesday 11th Arts Centre Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise, QLD

Friday 14th Factory Floor, Marrickville, NSW – album launch

Sunday 16th Casterton/Sandford Football/Netball Club, Casterton, VIC

Thursday 20th Captains at Mariners, Batemans Bay, NSW

Friday 21st Southern Cross Club, Canberra, ACT

Sunday 23rd Northcote Social Club, Northcote, VIC

Wednesday 26th Civic Centre, Wagga Wagga NSW

Thursday 27th Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW

Friday 28th Lizottes, Central Coast, NSW

Saturday 29th Lizottes, Dee Why, NSW

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 15:46
The 2014 Barunga Festival program is announced! PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00

The beloved Barunga Festival - an important social and cultural event that highlights the positive aspects of remote Indigenous community life - is back for its 29th year!


The Festival is a great opportunity to see and share the joy of participation in music, sport and culture – the three most powerful drivers of community participation and engagement in the bush, and the Festival Committee are proud to announce details of this year’s program on the long weekend in June.


With a long history of premiering the best Indigenous performers from Arnhem Land and across Australia, the Barunga Festival is your opportunity to see emerging bands and artists from the bush, as well as traditional songs from song men, dancers and clans who have been singing and dancing stories that are thousands of years old.

The famous bush bands line-up on Saturday night will not disappoint with a program that will feature Lonely Boys, Mambali Band, Manuel Dhurrkay (from Saltwater Band) and plenty more! You will never hear a collection of bands like this anywhere else. And you will never see an audience who loves their bands as much as the Barunga community!

Enjoy a diverse line-up of performers to the Skinnyfish stage on Sunday night. Headline acts include special guest Nicky Bomba who will bring his tropical shaking six-piece band Bustamento and their upbeat rhythms of the Caribbean all the way from Melbourne to Barunga. Hailing from Lajamanu, central desert legends Yatulu Yatulu will perform, followed by Nabarlek – the ‘Rolling Stones of the Top End’ from Manmoyi, West Arnhem Land, who will close out the 2014 music program.

The popular APRA acoustic stage located down by the river was designed with music exchange, workshops, acoustic performances and surprises in mind. This smaller, more intimate stage is intentionally loosely programmed to allow room for anyone that pops by to get up and perform.  You never know who will be there… We’re promising performances that you will never see anywhere ever again, and some hot tips for 2014 include Darwin’s Triple J success story - Sietta (acoustic) and Darwin’s own Ali Mills and her ukulele. See you fireside at the APRA Acoustic tent!


Barunga Festival draws sports teams from across the Territory travelling to battle it out on the football field, basketball court and softball diamond.

Softball - an all time favourite sport at Barunga – will be a truly family affair with mothers, daughters and grand mothers all playing on the same team. The football program will once again bring together teams from the region and give young players an opportunity to shine in front of a large audience. This year sees the introduction of a Women’s football competition and AFL 9s. Basketball will be keenly contested with teams from as far afield as the East Kimberly and central Australia.


The cultural program is both fun and a serious look into the cultural fabric of remote Aboriginal belief. There are many highlights in this part of the program and opportunities for visitors of all ages to sit and participate. Story telling, weaving workshops, didgeridoo making or spear throwing are all activities that visitors are encouraged to be a part of.

The Bungul (dancing) at sunset in front of the main stage is time for total participation with dance leaders often inviting everyone to join in, in the spirit of sharing and enjoying what makes Barunga great - a fantastic family-friendly event that fosters reconciliation and friendship.

At Heritage Park, there will be an opportunity to meet and buy local art works direct from the artists as several art centres from nearby communities will also have a presence at the Festival.

NEW to Barunga Festival in 2014…

Friday night is kids dance night and this year will see a new program ‘Barunga Beats!’. Children and teachers from Barunga School have been learning to remix their own tunes for everyone to groove to on the basketball court.

Young women of the region have been developing skills and confidence through a YMCA self-esteem project. For the first time, they will be parading day and evening wear at a Barunga Fashion parade – come along and support the hard work and initiative of these young women and get involved… join the POZIBLE campaign to make a contribution to this program.

The Flying Fruit Fly Circus – where kids learn to do extraordinary things! See Australia’s only national youth circus perform and display results of several month’s training and collaboration with local kids from the region. A very exciting festival first!

AFL 9s and Women’s Football Competition

Participation in football is on the rise at Barunga with the inclusion of a Kid’s AFL 9s competition and a Women’s Senior Competition. We have been overwhelmed by the positive reaction to both and look forward to hosting more football for everyone!

Watch out for other Barunga Festival treats including a community short film festival, Nitmiluk’s ‘Footsteps of our Ancestors’ cultural interactive and all the popular FREE kids’ entertainment will include jumping castles, water slides.

Following on from the very successful Healthy Food policy implemented last year,  healthy, wholesome food options will be available all through the day and well into the evening with sushi, fruit salad, steak sandwiches, vegie wraps and other delicious snacks and meals, and of course good coffee on the menu.

Pack up the kids and the tent, and come and join us for the long weekend 6-9 June at the Barunga Festival 2014.


Tom E. Lewis releases "Beneath the Sun" PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 14 February 2014 00:00

Tom E. Lewis from Ngukurr in the Northern Territory, '70s star of 'The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith' turned 80's stage and screen actor and world-travelling jazz-didge virtuoso of the '90s, returns with a deeply personal and quintessentially Australian album, “Beneath the Sun” hitting stores on February 14.

Watch the new Tom E Lewis film clip 'Cant Change Your Name'

With themes of identity, murder, love and respect, the album refuses to be classified, creating soundscapes reminiscent of Tom Waits, Johnny Cash and Wilco to deliver an honest reflection of modern Australia, in an album that showcases Lewis’ unique take on melody and storytelling.

Currently touring Australia with the Indigenous reimagining of the Shakespeare classic King Lear, Lewis continues to cultivate many sides to his life, achieving rave reviews for his Melbourne Festival run in late 2013 and his upcoming season at the Sydney Festival later this month.

It’s been a life of fulsome experiences, with lots of them running through the record, if you know where to look. "I survived the dark side, marrkap," he says (it translates as "mate", but like a lot of words out bush, it means more). "Now I can sing about it, be the lucky one to come out the other side."

Beneath The Sun was recorded with Skinnyfish Music (Gurrumul, Saltwater Band, Ali Mills) at Audrey Studios in Melbourne with an all-star band beginning with the legendary Ross Hannaford on guitar. Tommy knew his Daddy Cool riffs from the radio back in Ngukurr, long before they met at the Espy during those Monday night jazz sessions of the '90s.

His partners in a rich and distinctly off-kilter mash-up of jazz, blues and country are Tony Floyd on drums, Stephen Teakle on keys, Craig Pilkington on various stringed things and producer Michael Hohnen — best known these days as Gurrumul's right hand man — on bass.

"What I love about Tom's songs is his stream-of-consciousness writing," says Michael. "The flow of ideas always surprises me.

"Plus he's a very worldly musician. He travelled the world as a folk-jazz didge player with the Lewis and Young Ensemble and that really shows in his writing. When he comes to me with a song it's almost indecipherable. It's very tangential, like a lot of Aboriginal storytelling. Then we'll nail a structure to it."

Ask Tom to tell you that story some time; the one about the crowd throwing him up on stage with James Reyne at some pub in Lismore, then catching him again when the road manager threw him off.

"I've been lucky, marrkap," he says. "Music, it heals. There's medicine in art. I don't know where this CD can go. I really don't know. I'd like to write another one, yeah? I feel like there's more coming."


Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 15:32