Performances by Yuin musicians, dancers and singers are an integral
element of the Cobargo Folk Festival program and we are pleased to
welcome Jazz Williams as our Aboriginal Program Coordinator for 2016.
The Festival officially opens with the traditional
Welcome to Country
Wendy Morgan and a performance by the Gadu Dancers on
11am at the Mumbulla venue
This will be followed at
Aunty Eileen Morgan Memorial
Concert (also in the Mumbulla
). Aunty Eileen, who died in 2011, was a
patron of the Yuin Folk Club (est 1995) and was closely involved in those
early days, donating the painting that forms part of the Yuin Folk Club logo
and the backdrop to the Yuin venue. This annual concert honours her life
The memorial concert features the Bermagui band, Funks of Fusion, a
recently formed hybrid of RnB, hip hop and jazz, featuring the cultural
intelligence and hard-hitting rap vocals of father and son, Warren Foster
Snr & Jnr. Also featuring a band of stellar local musos including jazz
mystics Russel Cook and Tom Roberts from Bachelors from Prague, this
collaboration of jaded rockers, young hopefuls and deadly truth is one
funky fusion not to be missed.
The concert also features Nowra singer-songwriter, Joel Deaves, whose
songs and strong, emotive voice will ensure him a place on the Australian
music scene for years to come.
The Djaadjawan Dancers continue to go from strength to strength, having
recently placed third in the inaugural Dance Rites competition at the Opera
House, which celebrates Aboriginal dance culture across Australia and the
Torres Strait. Led by Sharon Mason, the Djaadjawan Dancers consist of
Yuin women from ages six to sixty. With appearances at Yabun Festival and
the National Folk Festival under their belt, the dancers are well on their
way to being key cultural performers in this country.
It is with sadness that we said farewell last year to Louis Davis, an
Aboriginal Elder and Traditional Owner from the Yuin Nation, who gave
the traditional Welcome to Country at many Cobargo Folk Festivals. His
contribution to our Festival was greatly valued and he is much missed.
Finally we are proud to welcome to Yuin Country, Desert Child, comprising
the guitar talents of Guy Ghouse and Damian Watkiss from Western
Australia. Borne out of Broome, honed across the world, Desert Child’s
music is unique, warm and entertaining.
Just 20 km north of Cobargo is Gulaga National Park, established
in 2001. Two outstanding features of the park are Gulaga (Mount
Dromedary) and Wallaga Lake, sites of great significance to the
Yuin people of the region. In 2006, the park was handed back to
its traditional owners in an agreement signed by the
NSW Government and the Yuin people.
This year, the Festival was successful in obtaining a Regional Arts NSW Country Arts Support Program Grant to
engage acclaimed Australian songman, Neil Murray, to work with local Aboriginal musicians.
Neil ran a three-day workshop in January, which focused on Dhurga (Yuin) language retrieval, with the aim of using
language to develop songwriting and performance skills. A second workshop and rehearsal is to be held on
during the Festival, to prepare for a performance at the Auntie Eileen Memorial Concert.
Warren Foster - Snr & Jnr