The History Salon – Bart Willoughby and Selwyn Burns

Where: The Deakin Edge Theatre, Cnr Flinders and Swanston Streets, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

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Listed by: YIRRAMBOI Festival

The History Salon #6: Uncle Bart Willoughby and Uncle Selwyn Burns

The sixth History Salon is presented for the Victorian Seniors Festival 2018, and features Uncle Bart Willoughby and Uncle Selwyn Burns in conversation with Kirstyn Lindsay.

Uncle Bart and Uncle Selwyn’s histories are intertwined, through the history of Indigenous rock music in Australia. They’ve performed in numerous bands together, as well as composing and performing soundtracks together.

Bart Willoughby founded No Fixed Address in 1978, with From My Eyes. The musical style was a fusion of reggae music with traditional Indigenous influences. They played their first large concert at The National Aboriginal Day in Taperoo, South Australia. Uncle Selwyn joined the band in 1983, as lead guitarist. Together, they’ve been playing in No Fixed Address at different times during their musical career. Together, they’ve also played in legendary rock band, Coloured Stone and Mixed Relations.

Willoughby has also performed in Yothu Yindi, and formed the band Mixed Relations with Uncle Selwyn in 1989, and has had a solo career since 1997. His band, the Bart Willoughby band, have been performing since 2007. He’s also recorded two organ albums – We Still Live on (2013) and Resonance (2017), which combines Melbourne Town Hall’s Grand Organ with recordings in the nature amphitheatre in the Cathedral Gorge at the Bungle Bungles and the sounds of the Federation Bells.

From 2016 to now, he has returned to performing and is currently recording an album with the original four members of No Fixed Address, and continues to perform in the Bart Willoughby Band.

Uncle Selwyn was there at the beginning of Aboriginal rock music as the ultimate lead guitarist in No Fixed Address as early as 1983. He later joined Coloured Stone where, with Buna Lawrie, he penned some of the classics of Aboriginal rock music.

He settled down in the mid-Eighties to have as family of five boys and two girls. His sons Tjimba and Narjic now go out as the Hip Hop Heroes the “Yung Warriors”, who he hopes to work with on his next collaboration, and his daughters are painting like their mother, the renowned painter Gabrielle Possum.

As his kids grew up a bit Selwyn revived his musical career and got together with Kutcha Edwards and Grant Hansen to form Blackfire. Later Selwyn recorded some new songs for his solo album Aboriginal Land dedicated to his Grandmother Marge Tucker, the founder of the Aboriginal Advancement League and his mother, Molly Dyer, was the founder of the Aboriginal Child Care Agency.

Selwyn is loved and appreciated by all his indigenous brothers and sisters and his whole community. He recently reunited and is playing with Black Fire, a band for which he was the principal songwriter and musical arranger and continues to perform with the Bart Willoughby along with working as a session guitarist on community and commercial recording projects.

No Fixed Address were inducted into the NIMA Hall of Fame in 2011 and the South Australian Music Hall of Fame in 2016. In that year they reformed and are touring the country with a new album out soon.

Note: No Fixed Address with be playing the Victorian Seniors Festival, Deakin Edge, from 3.30-4.30pm, prior to The History Salon. No bookings required.

Join members of these iconic bands – No Fixed Address and Coloured Stone, as they chat with host, Kirstyn Lindsay, about their extensive musical careers.

Where: Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne
When: Wednesday 10 October, 6.30-7.30pm
How Much: Free, but please RSVP

For more information on The History Salon, visit yirramboi.net.au

*YIRRAMBOI WILL BE TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS AND/OR SHOOTING FOOTAGE AT THIS EVENT. Photographs and/or footage collected at this event may be used in future City of Melbourne promotional materials, such as flyers, posters, brochures, website content and across social media channels relating to services and programs provided by YIRRAMBOI. If you do not wish to be photographed or filmed, please inform one of our friendly YIRRAMBOI staff on the day, or via email: yirramboi@melbourne.vic.gov.au

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