GINA WILLIAMS & GUY GHOUSE

GINA WILLIAMS & GUY GHOUSE

Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse will capture your hearts through songs and storytelling in rare Noongar (Aboriginal) language. Combining guitar brilliance and incandescent vocals it’s an extraordinary musical journey.

Perth , Perth , WA, Australia

Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse

Winners: 2013 & 2014 WA Music Industry (WAMi) Awards, Best Indigenous Act Winner: 2014 Perth NAIDOC Artist of the Year
 
Guitar brilliance and pure, haunting vocals. These exceptional performers connect and capture audiences through the power of song. And it’s made even more special when it’s sung in rare Noongar language.
 
Gina and Guy are rapidly gaining a reputation across Australia for bringing a fresh, modern take on ancient traditions; merging evocative sounds, natural acoustic instruments, poignant stories with that incredible, beautiful voice. The natural rhythms of the language are perfectly captured and represented, and there’s an onstage connection and charisma that comes from two people who’ve grown up with similar soundtracks and share a deep friendship.
 
Gina is a Balladong daughter; one of the 14 clan groups which make up the Noongar nation, covering the south west corner of Western Australia. She also has links to the Kija people of the east Kimberley region of WA. This music is informed by an ancient culture and is drawn from a deep well of recent West Australian and an even deeper personal history. By official records, Noongar language is critically endangered (there are less than 250 recognised fluent speakers left). Her mother and grandmother, both part of the stolen generations were never allowed to speak their languages.
 
Gina wasn’t stolen, but was relinquished as a baby for adoption. Telling her story and singing these beautifully crafted songs in language is deeply personal.
 
“I grew up not knowing anything about my true history. I’ve had to go back as an adult and learn. I don’t regret this, but it means I’ve had to claw territory back. I wanted to learn the language, to write songs so that I could teach my children. It’s an incredibly beautiful language – when I hear Noongar language I hear music, it literally sings to me.”
 
And there are few guitarists who connect to their music and perform without compromise like Guy Ghouse. With a musical pedigree which goes back all the way to the 1920’s, it seemed only natural that, at the tender age of eight, Guy would follow his parents and grandparents footsteps and pick up the guitar. Guy’s unique guitar style has taken him to many major festivals across Australia to the UK, Europe, the US and beyond.
 
“Society today has surrendered a lot of instinct to technology – and instead of relying on our instincts with music, we tend to look to machines to tell us whether something sounds right or not. I love that when we’re playing music together, we know in our hearts we’re onto a good thing,” said Guy.
 
Performing with the all-important blessings of her elders and her community, this Balladong songbird will leave you breathless!
 
Career Highlighs: Winner: Indigenous Act of the Year, 2013 & 2014 West Australian Music Industry (WAMi) Awards | Artist of the Year, 2014 NAIDOC Perth Awards | Performing artist, Opening of the National ANZAC Centre | Performing artist, Wesfarmers Centenary Celebration Concert (with the WA Symphony Orchestra) | Opening Act, 2014 National Folk Festival | Opening Act, 2014 Fairbridge Festival | Headline Artist, 2013 Keela Dreaming Festival, WA | Opening Act, 2013 Perth International Jazz Festival | Performing Artist, 2014 Nannup Music Festival (also booked for 2015) | Performing Artist, 2013 & 2014 Nanga Music Festival | Performing Artist, 2013/14 Support; Archie Roach (WA, NSW & VIC) | Headline Artist, 2014 Jazz by the Bay, Dunsborough | Performing Artist, NAIDOC Perth Awards 

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