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September 7, 2016 @ 6:00 pm

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Emerging from the deserts of Central Australia is the unique sound of Apakatjah who combine intricate guitar work with ancient languages, stirring harmonies and traditional instruments.

Apakatjah (pronounced uppa–cut-ja) is a duo consisting of Dion Forrester and Jonathan Lindsay-Tjapaltjarri Hermawan who share the songwriting, guitar playing and singing equally. Through their performances they weave together a reflection of their blended cultures and wide musical influences such as Aboriginal desert reggae like Tjupi Band, old school metal like Iron Maiden and guitar master, Tommy Emmanuel.

Through its two band members Apakatjah combines the cultures of Aboriginal Australia (Pintupi-Luritja, Pitjantjatjara, Pertame Central Arrernte, Alywarre, Kaytitj and Islander), as well as heritage from European, Indonesian, Irish, Welsh and Dutch migrants.  The word ‘apakatjah’ is a Luritja kriol word for a person of mixed race heritage, which the duo have reclaimed to demonstrate the pride they have in their identity and to draw strength from their culture.

“We want our performances to be an experience that touches people as much by the lyrics and music, as by the story behind it. We also want to have fun on stage! If people are dancing then we’re happy.” Johnno

Dion and Johnno strive to be role models in their community – teaching music and language to kids, advocating healthy lifestyles as well as in their professional capacity as youth workers. They challenge young people to dream big and hope to empower them to achieve their goals.

Recent performances have included the NAIDOC Ball in Darwin, the Yapa Style Fashion Show, private functions for Catholic Education and the Batchelor Institute, the Beanie Festival, the Alice Springs Writers Festival and they perform monthly at Uncles Tavern.  They have supported Neil Murray, Archie Roach and The Basics (Goyte).

Their debut album, recorded at the CAAMA Music studios and produced by Dave Crowe is due for release in 2016.

Apakatjah: Facebook

A remote dusty town in the middle of the Central Australian desert is as likely a place as any for a gypsy Scotsman to put down the bottle, find a voice, hone his craft and launch a musical career. Since arriving in Alice, Colin has found himself, written original songs and has performed extensively throughout the Northern Territory and interstate. He’s fast building a reputation as a gifted songwriter and commanding performer, having been likened to Cat Stevens mashed with Nick Cave and Tom Waits creating a sound that is uniquely “Colin Lillie”.

Colin has travelled a long way, physically and metaphorically, from the small horizons of his hometown to the limitless horizons of the red centre. Since recording and launching a 4 track EP from his living room and in Melbourne in 2012 he has performed to sell-out audience’s, has toured nationaly as a solo artist as well as with other projects including “Shadows On Blue” and indigenous artist Jacinta Price to showcase the diverse music of Central Australia. From this he secured performances around the country and has shared the stage with artists such as award winning Alice Springs Songwriter and Producer Dave Crowe the other half of Shadows on Blue, hip hop roots Radical Son, Darwin duo Sieta and Australian country icons Catherine Britt, Kasey and Bill Chambers. Along with Bill Chambers he co-produced Jacinta Price’s Debut album “Dry River “which includes the co-written song Night and Day. The track became finalist at the 2013 NT Song of the Year. Colin has had tracks as finalists in the 4 years since the awards conception in 2011 in the Folk, Country and Rock categories.

He was the 2013 Telstra Road to Discovery NT Heat winner and made it to the top 16 of the competition. 2014 saw Colin take a break from his solo project with the band ‘Shadows on Blue” who successfully toured the country promoting their debut EP and music from Central Australia. Also in 2014 he toured from the NT though to WA as well as performed at Tamworth with Jacinta Price. Colin is also an Ambassador for RADD “recording artist’s actors and athletes against drunk driving” and part of their TV and radio Sober Bob campaign. Colin hit the ground running in 2015 with performance’s at the Naanup Music Festival and Adelaide Fringe as well as a number of performances around the country. From 2013 he began working closely with music mentor Graham Ashton (Asho) and his team at Footstomp Music to develop and release his debut album. He travelled to the Cairns to record with renouned Singer songwriter and Producer Mark Myers of Big Sister Studio, where he and Mark haved worked closly to create a fearless honest and masculine album. To finish off 2015 Colin travelled with Jacinta Price to The Woodford Folk Festival to perform her works and tempt the crowd with a sneak peak into his up and coming album.

2016 Does not seem to be slowing down for Colin with the launch of his debut album mid year. He is releasing his first single ‘Give Thanks’, a track that reflects the pain of his past and the gratitude which comes from growing and moving forward. This track is accompanied by a clip which music video director and renowned singer songwriter Eden Mulholland directed to show the revealing truths of pain sustained and wisdom earned. Colin will continue to tour festivals both here and abroad showcasing and promoting his unique brand of music. He plans also to continue to support the Central Australian and Northern Territory music scene that he is immensely proud of being part of, through his work with Jacinta Price and Shadows on Blue. He hopes to show those in remote Australia that no matter how far away you feel you are, the soul will always find the path to your dreams, you just have to believe.


Colin Lillie: Facebook

September 7, 2016 @ 6:00 pm

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***Our Beer Garden is open for food and drinks from 12noon. Mates Dates: 2 Burgers & 2 Beers for $25 – From 5pm**