Troubadour Music & Goanna Arts present From the heart of Aboriginal Australia to the heart of Dublin for one night only, a very special concert and film – ’Liyarn Ngarn’ The Film On Saturday afternoon, June 28th, at the Button Factory in Temple Bar, lauded British actor, Pete Postlethwaite, (In The Name Of The Father, Brassed Off}, will introduce an Australian documentary, ‘Liyarn Ngarn’. This uncompromising film charts his personal journey with respected Aboriginal song-man Archie Roach into the heart of Aboriginal Australia. Liyarn Ngarn has been described as a landmark study of race relations in Australia and it comes to Dublin fresh from its international premiere at London’s LIFT Festival 2008. Postlethwaite says he wasn’t prepared for how deeply the journey would affect him. ”You don’t just watch this film, you feel this film”.Later that evening... A Concert Later that evening, in the wake of the film, legendary Australian song-man, Shane Howard, will introduce a powerful gathering of Aboriginal performers to Irish audiences, featuring Archie Roach, Ruby Hunter, Amy Saunders, Bart Willoughby, Dave Arden and Dan Sultan. Howard says , “It’s great to come back to Ireland with some of Aboriginal Australia’s most respected and compelling songwriters and singers. These artists are national treasures. We’re also old friends. We’ve been talking about bringing these songs and stories to Ireland for years”. “We’ve been wanting to get to Ireland for a long time”, says Roach, “hoping the opportunity would arise. Personally, it’s been an ambition of mine. I’ve been watchin’ everybody go for years, talkin’ about the culture and the great music, What I love about Ireland is that music is not just a scene, it’s also a way of life. There’s a great empathy between Ireland and Australia”. They will be joined on stage by some very special Irish guests. This unique group of artists combine to bring together stories of Aboriginal Australia’s land and lore and the ongoing struggle for justice. Their songs, about land, identity, culture, love, pain and loss, illuminate a hope for a better future.
More information on Indigenous Artists performing at the Button Factory: In the nineties, Archie Roach, philosopher and storyteller, reached out from the depth of hurt in Aboriginal Australia to remind mainstream Australia that despite the ongoing neglect and misery, the connection to land and culture remain. Shane Howard has continued to champion the economic, social and cultural rights of Aboriginal people since the early eighties. His ancestry is Irish, not Aboriginal and his work has explored parallels between Ireland and Australia’s colonial history. Mary Black has recorded a number of Howard’s songs, Bart Willoughby’s iconic eighties band, ‘No Fixed Address’, blazed a trail of Aboriginal resistance through song. Willoughby’s creation and promotion of Aboriginal Rock-Reggae has made him one of the most powerful influences in contemporary Aboriginal music. Ruby Hunter, Aboriginal singer/songwriter whose songs reflect her personal history, women's issues, social issues and indigenous issues. Ruby is a Ngarrindjerri/Kukatha/Pitjantjatjara woman from South Australia. She is often cited by other musicians as a source of inspiration and is firmly established as a unique and powerful voice in Australian music. David Arden a Gunditjmara/Googatha Songman who has worked with many of the great Australian Indigenous acts and has just released his first solo CD ‘Kookatha/Gunditjmara Clan’. Dan Sultan is a great new Australian talent, making his mark. Dan’s live performances are electrifying. Independent. Compelling. Unique. He’s joined by long time musical partner in crime, Scott Wilson. Amy Saunders, a former member of the internationally acclaimed, ‘Tiddas’, (an Aboriginal word meaning sisters), continues her journey as an independent artist and interpreter of song.
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