Songs of the Black Arm Band

City Recital Hall

Songs of the Black Arm Band

For a decade, Black Arm Band has been sharing the music, songs and stories at the centre of Indigenous life, touching hearts and minds across the country and abroad.

A collective of contemporary Aboriginal music pioneers and emerging greats who have inherited their legacy, Black Arm Band celebrates its tenth anniversary with Songs of the Black Arm Band.

This new production, which premiered to wide acclaim at Dark MOFO last year, brings together songs from its most successful and iconic shows, Murundak, a story of Aboriginal history, resilience and identity, and dirtsong, a theatrical journey through the communities and languages of Australia’s heartland.

Charismatic soul singer Emma Donovan leads an 8-strong ensemble of singers and musicians, including virtuoso didgeridoo player Mark Atkins and vocalist Deline Briscoe. With an eye to the future, the performance introduces Yirrmal Marika from North-East Arnhem Land; one of an exciting new generation of Aboriginal musicians.

With soaring voices and rich harmonies, the band performs songs of resilience and hope set against a backdrop of images and text; a potent cinematic vision of the land and its people.

Songs of the Black Arm Band is an unforgettable experience and a powerful expression of Aboriginal song, culture, language and spirit.


Emma Donovan vocals
Deline Briscoe vocals
Yirrmal Marika vocals
Mark Atkins didgeridoo 
Michael Meagher musical director / bass guitar
Andrea Keller piano
Rory McDougall drums
Steve Magnusson guitar

Duration: approximately 2 hours, including interval 

Ticket Info

All remaining tickets $40

A booking fee per transaction applies for this event as follows: Internet $6, Phone $8.
There is no booking fee for tickets purchased in person at the City Recital Hall Box Office. 

Details are accurate at time of publication

Image: Sara Walker

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