Frank Yamma, the voice of Australia’s Central Desert, comes all the way from Ayers Rock to perform his fourth run of shows in Canada.
Frank Yamma is one of Australia’s most significant Indigenous songwriters.
With an ability to cross cultural and musical boundaries, when he sings, you listen and travel with him. An initiated Pitjantjatjara man, Frank sings in his Indigenous language, as well as in English, and his spirit belongs to the heart of Australia – Uluru. Docker River. Ernabella. Central Australia. As Frank says, “Wherever the Pitjantjatjara mob come from.”
Over the past five years, the world has been discovering Frank and has seen him perform across Europe and the UK with shows in Latvia, Lithuania, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, Poland, and Switzerland. Frank has undertaken extensive live touring with highlights including the 2012 Cultural Olympiad (UK), Womad (UK), The New Hebridean Festival (Scotland), Festival Bled (Slovenia), Colours of Ostravia (Czech Republic), and most recently setting hearts on fire in Canada at Calgary, Vancouver, and Winnipeg folk festivals. In Canada, he shared the stage with Buffy Saint Marie and The Mekons, as well as performing a coveted spot opening for Joan Baez. In 2014 Frank Yamma represented Australia at WOMEX ’14.
Closer to home, Frank also performed at this year’s TEDx Sydney in May and won an NIMA award for his latest album Uncle, which features songs of country, protection, heartache, and travel. And songs of love. Not of love lost, but of pure, present-day raw emotion. Uncle shows the continuity of a musician that is hitting his peak with grace and conviction.
Indigenous soulster Frank Yamma will bring his beautiful storytelling back to Canada to play the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival on August 5-7, Manitoba Aboriginal Music Week on August 10, Robson Valley Music Festival August 12-14, and he is performing a special, intimate show at Vancouver’s Wise Hall on August 11 with Melbourne songstress (and recent Canadian immigrant) Larissa Tandy making a guest appearance.
Frank Yamma – 2016 Canadian Tour Dates:
- 5-7 August – Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival – Lunenberg, NS
- 10 August – Manitoba Aboriginal Music Week – Winnipeg, MB
- 11 August – The Wise Hall – Vancouver, BC
- 12-14 August – Robson Valley Music Festival – Dunster, BC