Indigenous Artist - Peter Brandy

Peter Brandy

Birth name Peter Brandy
Origin: Kununurra, Western Australia,
Occupations Singer-songwriter,
Instruments Vocals, Guitar

About Peter !

Peter Brandy was born in Halls Creek and grew up on cattle stations in the East Kimberley. His songs tell of his experiences in the region and of its characters, in a style that combines his Aboriginal heritage with country, folk, rock and gospel influences - executed with a classic "Kimberley" feel and punctuated by his melodic guitar breaks.
Peter Brandy is a musician, singer, songwriter in a style that blends country, folk, rock and gospel. He was born in Halls Creek and now lives in Kununurra.

Early influences were amateur musicians with whom he worked. Travelling artists such as Slim Dusty, Buddy Williams, Barry Thornton, Ernie Bridge, Rodney Rivers, were also inspirations along with legendary Kimberley guitar man Kevin Gunn.

Peter's debut album Kimberley Backroads established him as one of Australia's finest indigenous performers and the title track reached anthem status across Australia's top end, as well as gaining him a number of awards.
He has since toured extensively around the country and performed at numerous festivals, including the Tamworth Country Music Festival and Woodford Folk Festival. One of the headliners at the 2008 Nannup Music Festival, he has been nominated a second time for "Best Indigenous Act" at the upcoming 2008 WA Music Industry Association's WAMi awards.

Peter is now based in Kununurra and is a widely respected member of his community, as well as being a positive role model for youth in the region. He sees himself as an interpreter of his culture and an ambassador for "the battlers out on the land, helping to support their efforts to remain on the farms and stations, and to survive the droughts that have been so challenging.

In 2005, Peter cemented his standing as one of the state's finest storytellers, with his song "Long Time Ago" winning both the 'World/Folk' and 'Indigenous Song of the Year' categories at the WAM "Song of the Year" awards. The song has become the title track of his second album, Long Time Ago, which will be launched at Kulcha on Friday March 7th. On the album, Peter has used a number of well known West Austrralian musicians, including the album's producer and long time collaborator David Hyams (guitar, mandolin and harmonica), Waif's bassist Ben Franz, Grammy award winning pedal steel player Lucky Oceans and award winning singer-songwriter Lynn Hazelton. Peter is a regular at the all-new Dusty Bar & Grill located at Home Valley Station, Gibb River Road - East Kimberley WA. "At Home Valley Station we are extremely proud to present the immensely talented East Kimberley songwriter/singer Peter Brandy as a regular performing artist at the Dusty Bar & Grill. Peter is regarded as one of the Western Australia's most successful indigenous country music artists. He is also a highly respected mentor to the young indigenous trainees at Home Valley Station." Capturing the spirit of the Kimberley where he grew up on cattle stations and experienced traditional life, Peter's songs reflect the connection he has with his people and country. Presented with typical outback humour, his stories create and understanding and awareness of indigenous people. He warmly uses the medium of contemporary song to connect with people regardless of age or race. Peter is a recipient of numerous music awards, including winner of the West Australia Music Industry's Song of the Year in two categories for his song "Long Time Ago" which features on his 2006 released album. We welcome all to visit Home Valley and see Peter perform live. In 2009, Home Valley Station was proud to sponsor Peter's trip to the Tamworth Country Music Festival where he performed daily, taking his unique sounds of the Kimberley to his beloved fans and country music audiences.

Guests at Home Valley Station can purchase Peter's CDs from the Station Store or by ordering online via the following link: Aboriginal Corporation - Abmusic Online Store: Address: 295 Manning Road, Waterford 6152 Western Australia Phone: +61 8 9458 9077 Email: Skinnyfish Music Online Store: P.O. Box 36873 Winnellie NT Australia 0821 Phone: +61-8 8941 8066 Fax: +61-8 8941 9066 Contact Information Peter Brandy Mobile Telephone: 0447 734 253

jaru woman (song for aunty daisy)

Last Month's ArtistDan

Dan Sultan

Our featured Indigenous Artist this month is...
2010 Aria Award for "Best Male Artist" & Aria Award winner for "Best Blues & Roots Album", also a member of "The Black Arm Band"

Read the review here  

Next Month's Indigenous Artist . . . Pigram Brothers