Announcing Dave Arden Gunditjmara/Kokatha Songman & Storyteller Regional Victoria Tour
bella - May 11th, 2016
“David Arden has the sweetest rhythms and he has a perfect ear for melodies on the guitar. His use of dynamics is simply brilliant. I believe he is one of the finest vocalists & songwriters in the world & one of the best guitarists you will ever hear, he treats not only his own music with incredible respect, but other people’s music too and it shows. It’s time David was recognised for his musical genius.” – Archie Roach.
Dave Arden is a Kokatha/Gunditjmara Storyteller & Songman. Dave comes from the Kokatha peoples of the West Coast, South Australia & The Gunditjmara peoples in South Western, Victoria. His poetic songs are inspired by a deep passion of love for country, Dave’s upbringing and his family with whom he shares a special, spiritual & cultural connection.
The Dave Arden Gunditjmara/Kokatha, Songman & Storyteller Show is a full band and performance of 12 original songs and stories. The show takes the audience on a journey into his two countries, of the Gunditjmara & the Kokatha tribes, telling his story of his family’s journey over four generations, delving into the hope, joy and struggle of his tribal and urban life.
This show represents a collective history between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians. From freedom fighters to Irish settlers, settlers, Gunditjmara soldiers in the world wars to a new generation of culture keepers and leaders, these important stories are interwoven with song and music.
Thursday 7 July: Knox Community Arts Centre, Mountain Highway, Bayswater
Thursday 28 July: Latrobe Regional Performing Arts Centre, Grey St, Traralgon
Friday 19 August: Forge Theatre, 80 McKean ST, Bairnsdale
Saturday 20 August: Lakes Entrance Mechanics’ Hall, 18 Mechanics St, Lakes Entrance
Wednesday 24 August: West Gippsland Arts Centre, Albert & Smith St, Warragul
Thursday 25 August: Esso BHP Billiton, Wellington Entertainment Centre, 100 Foster St, Sale
Friday 2 September: Heywood Community Hall, Edgar ST, Heywood
Saturday 3 September: The Lighthouse Theatre, 195 Timor St, Warrnambool
Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, Regional Victoria and Multicultural Arts Victoria.
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