Brunswick Ballroom's NAIDOC Celebration
Thursday 7th July
featuring live music from:
Entry $20 or free for mob
Reserved Seating available
Izy (pronounced eye-zee), are perhaps Far North Queensland’s first neo-soul export. Ryo, Warrigo and Maru, each a part of musical families from different continents, connected in the distant north of Queensland; three young men who became brothers playing music together. Relocating to Melbourne in 2019, Izy play slinky, futuristic soul music with raw old-soul sensibilities. All instruments, no computers, pulling in all the influences from Prince to D’Angelo to Alabama Shakes. In their music, an incontrovertible quality of dedication, honesty and diversity is clear; an undeniable positive energy that surges through their presence on stage. Having spent their early youth criss-crossing the top half of Australia in a ute, cutting their teeth with countless gigs, Izy are three powerful musicians from strong musical lineages whose time has come.
Jess Hitchcock is an award-winning composer and singer-songwriter, who has family origins from Saibai Island in the Torres Straits and Papua New Guinea. 'Unbreakable' is the upcoming album of original songs written by Jess with tracks produced by Tony Buchen, Joel Quartermain and Andy Mak. Performing nationwide and overseas with Kate Miller-Heidke over the last 6 years, Jess has also joined forces in powerful performances with Paul Kelly (2019, 2020, 2021), Archie Roach (2020) and Tina Arena (2021). Jess devoted the last decade to working with Australia’s Indigenous opera company Short Black Opera as a performer, composer and instructor alongside Yorta Yorta soprano Deborah Cheetham AO. Jess has also proudly contributed to Mission Songs Project and Dhungala Children’s Choir as assistant choir director. In 2016, Jess was awarded a prestigious Green Room Award for Best Female in Opera Australia’s The Rabbits. In 2019 Jess received the Indigenous Music and Media Professional Development Award, Smuggler of Light
Lauren Sheree is a 24-year-old musician who has been based on Wurundjeri land since 2016. Lauren is a cross-disciplinary artist who uses creativity, songwriting and the ukulele to create contemporary soul/folk music exploring catharsis and healing through song
Madi Colville-Walker is a proud Yorta Yorta Woman, an inspiring musician who has had many opportunities after her very first performance at the CMAA Junior Academy back in 2017. Madi has since performed at events throughout Victoria and NSW including; Echuca/Moama Winter Blues Festival,3 Rivers Festival, Land of Plenty Festival, National Firesticks conference, National Climate Change conference, Tamworth Country Music Festival, Nelson Mandela Day Australia, Isol-aid, Songlines: song, resilience and survival, Share The Spirit Festival and opened for many well known artists such as Archie Roach, Isiah Firebrace, Benny Walker, Fanny Lumsden, Kutcha Edwards and Darlinghurst. She has also been nominated for the Music Victoria Archie Roach Emerging Artist Award 2021. Madi has worked alongside many organisations such as Barpridhila, Songlines, Culture Is Life and The Archie Roach Foundation. Madi has many inspirations in music and looks up to many people such as: Archie Walker (Grandfather, Yorta Yorta elder), Benny Walker (Award winning artist), Cassie Leopold and Rob Walker (Guitarist) who taught Madi to play guitar; these people who inspire Madi have encouraged her to do her best in music, as well as having strong support from her family.