Shellie Morris

Shellie Morris

Name: Shellie Morris
Orign: Wardaman and Yanyuwa peoples
Genre: Folk, Folk Rock, Roots Revival
Instruments: Vocals/Guitar/Piano
Associated: The Black Arm Band
Labels: Independant Record Label ,

Shellie Morris

Shellie Morris is an Australian (Aboriginal) indigenous singer/songwriter who plays a mix of contemporary folk music and contemporary acoustic ballads. She was raised in Sydney and began singing at an early age. In the 1990s Morris moved to Darwin, to find her Indigenous family. She toured with Yothu Yindi in 2001 and also performed with Neil Murray from the Warumpi Band. In 2002 Shellie Morris wrote the music to the play "To the inland sea" inspired by Charles Sturt's 19th Century journey to discover the mythical inland sea in the center of Australia.
Morris was named best female musician at the 2004 and 2005 Northern Territory Indigenous Music Awards, and her album Waiting Road produced by Glen Heald was nominated for Album of the Year at the 2007 Deadly Awards.
She has been featured nationally on two episodes of ABC TV's Message Stick program, Shellie Morris Swept Away and Shellie Morris In Concert. Shellie also was on the SBS show Rockwiz and once again performed "Swept Away" and also performed a unique version of "Louis Louie" with Ross Wilson.

Shellie Morris works with Indigenous / aboriginal communities and youth throughout Australia helping aboriginal people to write music about their stories and experiences.
She has worked in over fifty Indigenous Communities and is an ambassador for the Fred Hollows Foundation (an organisation undertaking blindness prevention in Australian aboriginal communities, Asia, Africa and the Pacific) and an ambassador for The Jimmy Little Foundation (established to help improve kidney health in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities).

Morris has performed all over the world - from the smallest outback pubs to the London Festival Hall, the Sydney Opera House and the Vancouver Winter Olympics. A documentary film on Morris’ life was broadcast nationally in 2009, as was her concert with Aboriginal musician Gurrumul Yunupingu.

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Last Month's Indigenous Artist Kev Carmody

Kev Carmody

Kev Carmody is one of Australia's preeminent singer songwriters. A wordsmith whose politically charged and socially aware lyrics saw him described as, "Australia's black Bob Dylan,"early in his career. Of both Aboriginal and Irish heritage - two cultures famous for oral histories in song - Kev was born to be a storyteller.

His best known composition (written with Paul Kelly) is From Little Things Big Things Grow, based on the story of The Gurindji Strike and Vincent Lingiari’s struggle for indigenous land rights and reconciliation.
Kev began writing songs in the mid 1960's but did not record his first album until 1987.

Information on Kev Carmody here