archie-roachWhen it comes to songwriting and singing, no-one in the country, (with the exception of Kev Carmody), comes within co-oee of Archie Roach in expressing the suffering of Aboriginal Australia and the uphill battle of reconciliation.  So, for me, the track LITTLE BY LITTLE from the album Ruby, was a perfect opener for our ‘All Indigenous’ show.

Throughout the program we showcased an enormous variety of music: Everything from classic digderidoo, jazz, blues, country, pop, rock and hip-hop. The show really got moving with an amazing didgeridoo composition from four didg virtuosos: David Hudson, Alan Dargin, Matthew Doyle and Mark Atkins delivering the very sweet MOUTHPIECE from the Sounds of Gondwana album.  We followed that  with a track I never tire of, just because its so joyful:  Willcania Mob and  DOWN RIVER

Then it was the great Kev Carmody with FROM LITTLE THINGS BIG THINGS GROW. Kev co-wrote the song with Paul Kelly. Here’s a clip of Kev Carmody, John Butler and Paul Kelly performing From Little Things Big Things Grow at the Make Poverty History concert in Melbourne 2006.

I love Leah Flanagan. Her  TYPSY TANGO from the Making Waves compilation album is a corker. She has a great voice that she utilises for any genre from jazz to folk to latin and she’s also a multi-instrumentalist, moving between guitar, piano, and ukelele. And if you’re a regular listener to my show, you’ll know that I do have a soft spot for the ukelele!

The Warumpi Band had a huge hit with BLACKFELLA, WHITEFELLA. Here’s their promo-video for that single, taken from the 1987 album Go Bush.

We had a giveaway worth mentioning in the blog this week. Soundtracks and signed posters from the film  SAMSON & DELILAH. Directed by Warwick Thornton, the film recently won the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. It’s about two Aboriginal kids in an isolated s4dcommunity in the Central Australian desert, who take off on a journey of survival. The film has been getting rave reviews from every major film critic in the country, so personally I can’t wait to see it.

We played a few songs from the soundtrack album that includes everything from Mexican love ballads by Ana Gabriel through to country classics from Charley Pride. And, of course, it also features some of our best Indigeneous performers. Tracks we played included WALPIRI WOMAN from the Teenage Band, WASTING YOUR LIFE from the Tableland Drifters and NIGHTBLINDNESS from Troy Cassar-Daley.

Ruby Hunter is an amazing performer in her own right and she also happens to be the life partner of Archie Roach and that makes them a dynamic duo.  She is a member of the Ngarrindieri tribe and often performs with Archie who she met at 16 while both were homeless teenagers. Check out the video for  LET MY CHILDREN BE.

Jimmy Little is an icon of the Australian music industry, so I had to include his version of UNDER THE MILKY WAY. Then Blue King Brown livened things up with COME AND CHECK YOUR HEAD.

Although Geoffrey Gurrumul has been around for a while, singing with Yothu Yindi and, most recently, with The Saltwater Band, his self-titled album has been an international sensation. I chose to play WIYATHUL during this show but all of the tracks from this album were worthy contenders. When I saw him perform at the Blues Fest he literally brought tears to the eyes of this tough old broad. Check this out:

The rain is back again in Byron, after a few sunny days, so the very lovely Christine Anu’s SUNSHINE ON A RAINY DAY was more than appropriate. And I wish I had a video of Seaman Dan singing BLUES ON A UKULELE; I’d love to see him perform that. Very cute.

Our token bit of hip-hop came from the Morganics with a tune called ALL U MOB.  This was followed by what has to be one of the most powerful Australian recordings ever: TREATY, by Yothu Yindi – a fantastic melding of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal cultures, both in the bands’s line-up and in the music they create. Have a look:

The Stiff Gins gave us a nice piece of pop with DRIVIN’ and then it was more didg from the masters of the genre –  David Hudson, Alan Dargin, Matthew Doyle and Mark Atkins. The track was DANCE THIS TIME AROUND.  And I absolutely loved ABUCA from Dubmarine, JAILANGURU PAKARNU from the Warumpi Band and JAH IS THE LIGHT from David Dow. Talk about a diverse line-up!

Drawing the show to a close, I went with Casey Donovan, (remember her from Australian Idol?) with a very personal song that she penned herself called HELP ME. Gorgeous. And we had just enough time to fit in Dan Sultan with MONEY. We’ll be seeing him next year in the film version of Bran Nue Dae. Can’t wait for that.

What an amazing array of talent. It was an absolute pleasure and a privilege to present today’s show.

Here’s the complete playlist for you:

Little by Little – Archie Roach

Mouthmusic – David Hudson, Alan Dargin, Matthew Doyle, Mark Atkins

Down River – Willcannia Mob

From Little Things Big Things Grow – Kev Carmody

Blackfella Whitefella – Warumpi Band

Typsy Tango  – Leah Flanagan

Walpiri Woman  – Lajamanu Teenage Band

Let My Childen Be – Ruby Hunter

Rain – Radical Son

Come And Check Your Head – Blue King Brown

Under the Milky Way – Jimmy Little

Wiyathul – Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu

Sunshine On A Rainy Day – Christine Anu

Blues on a Ukulele –  Seaman Dan

ALL U MOB  – Morganics feat. Wire, Stingray & Haille Suspicious

Treaty – Radio Mix – Yothu Yindi

Nightblindness – Troy Cassar-Dally

Drivin’ – Stiff Gins

Dance this time Around – David Hudson, Alan Dargin, Matthew Doyle, Mark Atkins

Wasting Your Life – The Tableland Drifters

Abuca – Dubmarine

Jah Is The Light  – David Dow

Jailanguru Pakarnu – The Warumpi Band

Help Me – Casey Donovan

Money – Dan Sultan

Next week’s show is on the OCEAN. Because we all like to be beside the seaside!

Listen to Lyn McCarthy at the Theme Park on BayFM 99.9, Tuesdays 2-4pm (Sydney time). Also streaming on

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Roy Orbison Darwin 1972And just in case you have been missing my usual inclusion of Roy Orbison in the show: here is Roy in Darwin in 1972, giving the didgeridoo a go.  Imagine him as part of the Yothu Yindi line-up. OMG!


About Lyn McCarthy

Lyn presents a weekly radio show at BayFM 99.9 in beautiful Byron Bay in New South Wales, Australia

Posted on July 7, 2009, in Australia, Broadcasting and media, community radio, music - nostalgia, music, blues, music, country, music, r&b, Radio Program, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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