From the Central Desert,
one of Australia’s most significant
Aboriginal songwriters visits Beverley theatre
TUESDAY 28 APRIL - 7.30pm
Tickets £12 - £14 (available on line or from the Box Office)
East Riding Theatre, 10 Lord Roberts Road, Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 9BE
Box Office: 01482 874050
Click here to email East Riding Theatre Box Office
Beverley Folk Festival joins forces with the East Riding Theatre which plays host to a remarkable and unique musician when Frank Yamma , visits the theatre on 28th April. An amazing indigenous singer-songwriter from the Central Australian desert, Yamma brings to life stories and songs of the struggles of the aboriginal people of Australia.
Frank will be supported by local singer, songwriter, Alex Golisti, blending English and American folk elements with a blues infused guitar style and honey-gravel vocals, he has carved his own distinctive style with unabashed Rimbaudian imagery, impassioned vocals and ramshackle powered guitar playing.
When Yamma sings, you listen and travel with him. An initiated Pitjantjatjara man from Australia's central desert, he sings in his native language and English. “ Evocative and occasionally heart-wrenching...Yamma writes songs combining deep sadness with a remarkable beauty .” Limelight Magazine.
He has an ability to cross cultural and musical boundaries. His incredible voice, is rich, deep and resonant, and his brutally honest tales of alcohol abuse, cultural degradation, respect for the old law and the importance of country are spine tingling. “ He’s from the central desert and is the kind of singer-songwriter who can lead us out of the wilderness. All of us. Multilingual, an incredibly skilled guitarist of great musicality... Honest to the point of brutality, he tells it precisely as it is, in the most heart-rending possible way. If ‘She Cried’ can’t move you to tears, your lachrymal profusion may’ve dried up for good; if desiccation persists, seek medical advice. His is a soul laid bare.” Crikey Magazine. “...one of Australia’s most sought after indigenous artists. Yamma’s heartfelt set of husky, beautiful songs hit the AWME crowd like a sucker punch... ” (5 Star Review) Jane Cornwall, SONGLINES/BBC3.
Listening to Yamma’s songs and hearing him sing his Australian “blues”, is an education in itself. He draws the listeners into the lives of the aboriginal people, the suffering they endured in the past and the results of that in the twenty-first century Australia. Having heard him once, his audiences cannot help but want to discover more about this man and his people. A night to be cherished and not to be missed!
The performance by Alex is promoted by the Folk Festival which is showcasing the best of local and regional emerging artists, as a part of its “Folk Rising Project”, presented by the English Folk Dance and Song Society .
Another Pre-Festival showcase concert featuring more emerging artists, Maia, Holy Moly and the Crackers, The Rachel Hammer Band and Niamh Boadle will take place at the theatre on 6th June.
For more information visit the East Riding Theatre Website here
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