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John Bennett – Country Is Calling Album Launch


Fri 1 Dec 2017, 8:00pm–11:00pm

Where: The Charles Hotel, 509 Charles Street, North Perth, Western Australia

Restrictions: All Ages

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From a remote country where desert meets the sea, Western Australia’s John Bennett has emerged as a singer/songwriter with an astounding ability to transport listeners to his home country and transcend cultural barriers. John is launching his 2nd album, Country is Calling, in Perth.

Singing of country and connection to community, the highly anticipated album is a celebration of John’s musical journey over the past 6 years as a singer/songwriter touring nationally and performing alongside many of Australia’s favourite artists and sharing his stunning ability to capture essence of the Kimberley, and the people of Bidyadanga.

John launched his debut self-titled album in 2010. Establishing a name as the “voice of the Kimberley”, the Bidyadanga man has written an album that sings to country and connects with the yearning in every person to nurture family and the environment. His debut album which features two time Grammy award winner, Lucky Oceans has also received 12 national music award nominations including awards for WA Indigenous Song of the Year for his track 'Wangkaja', APRA Song Writer of the Year and WA Country Music Independent Album of the Year 2013.

Nominations for Male Artist of the Year at the 2011 & 2012 Deadly awards have listed John amongst the likes of Gurrumul, Troy Cassar-Daley and the like. John has featured at the opening of the Melbourne International Arts Festival, the National Folk Festival in Canberra and AWME alongside multi-instrumentalist, David Hyams. More recently John has toured with BIGhart and Tura New Music.

Following a launch in Broome in October, Country is Calling will be launched at 8pm on 1st December 2017 at The Charles Hotel Perth. The launch will feature special guests David Hyams and Lucky Oceans. John met Fremantle based musicians Lucky Oceans and David Hyams in the recording studio during the making of his first album and the 3 have been collaborating ever since—at festivals and for art and social change company bighARTs 'Murru' project in Roebourne which led to their opening the Melbourne festival in 2014, with an all star band. The 2 have been an integral part of the development and recording of John's long awaited second album, Country is Calling, which is
produced by David and features both instrumentally and as co-writers of several of the songs. The Launch will be the first time the trio have performed to a Perth audience- an opportunity not to be missed!

The Kimberley is one of the most remote and awe-inspiring regions on the planet, known for its majestic landscape and the unique boab trees, some of which are over 1000 years old. John lives on the remote lands of Karrajarri country between the Indian Ocean and the Great Sandy Desert in the Kimberley region of Western Australia—a community where freshly caught food remains a staple and English is a second language among most of the population. 

The region now has a powerful voice in John, who speaks of the beauty of the land and sea that surround a remote Aboriginal community and the wonderful characters who populate it. His songs capture the heart and the soul of his people and their deep connection with the land. “I picked up a guitar at about 15 and kind of taught myself how to play and write music,” the modest, but accomplished, artist says. “We would practice music and singing on the verandah or while hunting for Wangkaja (mud crab).”

John’s songs offer a unique insight into his world: a journey into the remote and beautiful North-West of Australia. Songs full of yearning, to be home with his people and celebrations of the important people in his life. Country is Calling is dedicated to the memory of John’s brother.