Literature & Ideas
Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse
Kalyakoorl, ngalak, warangka (Forever, we sing)
Presented in association with Fremantle Arts Centre
‘Over many years, Noongar language has been reduced to a whisper, there are currently less than 400 fluent speakers.’
Join Noongar singer-songwriter Gina Williams and her long-time collaborator Guy Ghouse for a celebration of song and culture, with storytelling and language at its heart.
Hear the stories behind the music and the connections made resonant through music in a stunning and unique anthology of songs from their first two albums – Kalyakoorl (Forever) and Bindi Bindi (The Butterfly). Theirs is music informed by the four principles of Koort (Heart), Moort (Family and Community), Boodja (Land) and Koorlangka (Children and Legacy).
Gina Williams AM
Gina is a proud Balladong (Noongar, South West) woman, with links through her grandmother’s line to the Gitja people of the East Kimberley. She is an award-winning singer-songwriter and journalist, who has spent the past three decades committed to sharing stories and writing songs for her community, and with collaborator and best friend, Guy Ghouse.
Gina’s accolades include 2018 Inductee, West Australian Women’s Hall of Fame; Winner, Aboriginal Category, 2017 West Australian of the Year; and Winner, Indigenous Act of the Year, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2018 West Australian Music Industry (WAMi) Awards.
Gina is an Ambassador for the Australian Performing Rights Association, a member of the British Council’s ACCELARATE Arts and Cultural Leadership Alumni and is a Patron of Fairbridge Folk Festival.
Guy has a musical pedigree that dates back to the 1920s in Malaysia and there are few guitarists who connect to their music and perform without compromise like him.
Guy’s journey has taken him all over the world, with performances at Edinburgh Festival (Scotland), Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club (UK), BBC (UK), Hard Rock Cafe (UK & Indonesia), Los Angeles California, Texas, the Netherlands and Spain. Guy has been musical director, producer, educator, mentor for a variety of bands and solo artists and session guitarist for many touring acts and has written and composed for television and film. He is a featured artist with Cole Clarke Guitars and was named Winner, Best Guitarist at the 2020 West Australian Music Industry Awards.
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Sat 26 Feb
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