Coloured Stone

Coloured Stone

Legendary Aboriginal pub rock band Coloured Stone originated in Koonibba, South Australia. Formed in 1977 by Bunna Lawrie, lead singer and songwriter, their music blends rock, ska, reggae to produce a unique Aboriginal sound.

One of the band's first successes came in 1978 when their tune 'Dancing in the Moonlight' won a local songwriting contest. The group began putting together a body of material and in 1981 they migrated, literally by playing music along the way, to Sydney.

The band rose to prominence with their 1984 debut release, Kooniba Rock. This and its 1985 follow-up, Island of Greed, landed them spots on Australian national radio and led to their extensive tours. Throughout the '80s the group released numerous albums in Australia, and one American release, Black Rock From the Red Center, which came out on Rounder Records in 1987.

Coloured Stone have received numerous accolades for their contribution to Australian and Aboriginal music, including four ARIA Awards, and a place in the National Indigenous Music Awards Hall of Fame.

In 1999 Bunna Lawrie became the first Aboriginal Australian to receive the coveted Don Banks Music Award, a prize usually reserved for Australian classical musicians.

Coloured Stone are guaranteed to get the crowd up and singing along to audience favourites, like the classic 'Black Boy' which topped charts in Australia and the South Pacific in 1984.

Saltwater Freshwater Festival are proud to feature as their 2013 headliner, Coloured Stone, heroes of Aboriginal rock.

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Col Hardy

Col Hardy was the first Aboriginal artist to win a Golden Guitar at Tamworth's Country Music Awards and is still a role model through his performances. "He was born and raised in a little country town called Brewarrina, in north west New South Wales - only a little place but there's a history," The 1973 Golden Guitar was a surprise, then, even though it came after Col's 1962 move to Sydney to chase a music career..

Information on Col Hardy here