Kankawa Nagarra (Olive Knight) with Archer (arvo) REDD VOLKAERT (USA) & RAY BEADLE (evening)


1:30 pmSunday, 5 February 2023


Brunswick Ballroom

314 Sydney Rd, Brunswick VIC 3056

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Kankawa Nagarra (Olive Knight) born in the sand and washed in the ash of the desert nomad campfire in about 1943. Living a traditional nomads life in the sandhills of the Kimberly until the age of 8. She has lived a life in many worlds from the injustice of cattle station slavery to touring the world as a member of the Hugh Jackman Broadway show. Kankawa is an activist, elder and singer of the blues. She sings in Walmatjarri, Kimberly Creole and English and other known and lost languages. Kankawa Nagarra is The Queen of The Bandaral Ngadu Delta. She is coming to the Brunswick Ballroom from her home in the far north west Kimberly to share her life stories, songs and poetry with the people. One night (day) only.

Archer will be joining Kankawa as her head bagman and apprentice singer of songs. He will be crooning ideas from the Claypan and most recently the blue ridge mountains




Grammy Award Winner REDD VOLKAERT originally from Canada, is widely regarded as one of the greatest guitar players in the modern era particularly in the genres of Western Swing and Honky Tonk. He has been the go-to picker for Merle Haggard and has played with the likes of Johnny Paycheck, George Jones, Dwight Yoakam and George Strait.

These days Redd can often be found on stage in the company of his fellow Telecaster stalwart Bill Kirchen (formerly of Commander Cody). Together they are often referred to as the "Titans of the Telecaster" such is their ability, notoriety, love and connection with this particular instrument.

In a typical Redd Volkaert show you can expect to hear his seasoned deep vocals skip across all of the genres mentioned above, playing a mixture of his own material and country standards, peppered with scorching instrumentals. In true troubadour style a set list means nothing and whatever the audience wants to hear, the audience gets. Redd is an encyclopedia of sweaty bar music and Americana.

RAY BEADLE is an Australian guitar legend. Ray's guitar and vocal styles evoke numerous blues legends, whilst concocting a breathtaking style all of his own. It is not by chance that Ray has become a favourite amongst Australian blues and music fans. An exhilarating guitarist, an enthralling singer-songwriter, and an extremely talented performer, Ray was awarded Best Album, Best Song, and Best Male Artist in the Chain Blues Awards.

Ray Beadle is the genuine article, his music comes deep from the heart and soul, stirring emotions in people with his guitar genius. Ray’s music is rich with a deep history of the Blues; Rich from 20 years of experiences garnered from performing Nationally and Internationally; and rich from a deep understanding of his instrument and how to make it stir something within the listener. He knows that’s what the Blues is about.

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