Sunday Music at the Fremantle Arts Center will present one of its most diverse and youthful lineups to date in January, February and March, completing another glorious summer of free live music at Walyalup.
Held every Sunday until April 3, Sunday Music features a carefully curated selection of some of the most exciting new talent making waves on the local scene, performing on the hallowed but laid-back FCC Front Garden stage.
“Sunday Music celebrates the incredible range of music produced, performed and broadcast around the world, right here in Western Australia,” said Anna Reece, Director of the Fremantle Arts Centre.
“Sunday Music is about discovery. Our goal is to present a program that offers something for everyone. We’re proud to showcase new or emerging artists in their prime sharing their music and stories with vastly new audiences, many of whom will continue to be loyal supporters for years to come.
“Not to mention it’s the best concert in town – it’s relaxed, family friendly and free.”
Highlights from January to March include a celebration of art-rock on January 30, when up-and-coming local bands Vacuum Dreamer and Didion’s Bible flex their energetic, synth-driven post-punk sonic muscles.
Then on Sunday, February 6, Banjo Lucia – daughter of WA musical royalty John Butler and Mama Kin – makes her CAF debut alongside Ella Therese. Already a passionate and esteemed songwriter, Banjo Lucia’s songs reveal a wisdom, sophisticated turn of phrase, and insight into the human condition that is both heartbreaking and uplifting. Her Sunday Music appearance kicks off a busy national touring schedule in what is set to be a breakthrough year for the teenager.
On February 13, award-winning singer-songwriter Emily Barker returns to the Sunday Music stage, having recently returned to her native WA and armed with a new sound full of expressive vocals and a warm acoustic aesthetic.
Then on March 6, Sunday Music goes deadly with Northern Territory bands Salt Lake Band and Garrangali Band. Salt Lake Band is a very cool 10 piece band from the traditional lands of Groote Elyandt, far north in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Singing in their unique and complex Anindilyakwa language, this group of brothers hail primarily from the small communities of Umbakumba and Angurugu. With fat drumbeats, strumming guitars, and hypnotic, fast-paced statements from singer Yantarrgna, Salt Lake Band acknowledges sacred homelands, deceased elders, stories of yesterday, and sacred totems tied to each of their 14 clan groups. .
Garrangali Band has been wowing crowds for over 10 years with their infectious grooves and proud, meaningful lyrics about deep creative stories and political issues. Loved for their distinctive brand of quirky, upbeat riddim, Garrangali Band combines traditional songs with new ska and saltwater reggae, revealing the strength and passion of living culture in North East Arnhem Land.
Rounding out the month of March, fivefold RnB/soul local Ken Paolo and the Space Cadets (March 13), a homecoming performance for Maatakitj (Clint Bracknell) (March 20) with special guests Roma Yibiyung Winmar, Iain Grandage, Nigel Bird and more, and an energetic afternoon with Bossa, Calypso and Sri Lankan-inspired band Baila Eucalipto (March 27).
Ending the season with much-loved West Coast folk singer-songwriter Michael Dunstan will serenely close the Sunday Music 2021/22 program on Sunday 3 April.
Meet at the Fremantle Arts Center every Sunday from 2pm for Sunday Music.
Image: Miles Christmas