Brolga’s unique music blends Rock, Blues, Funk and Indigenous sounds and rhythms.
Lead by Russell ‘Rusty’ Smith a Pitjantjatjara man and featuring some of Melbourne’s most celebrated musicians including Dave Mudie and Bones Slone (Courtney Barnett Band), Phil Ceberano and Matty Vehl, BROLGA is a testament to the power of music embracing diverse cultures to deliver a unified and original voice. This one Melbourne show in the iconic Gershwin Room will be the launch for their first single ‘Always’, an acknowledgement of our First Nations as the custodians of Country and serves as a new Australian anthem for us all to embrace.
Rusty is well known for his didgeridoo, guitar and vocal contributions to performances and recordings by Rodriguez, Paul Kelly, Archie Roach, Amy Shark, Tommy Emmanuel and composers Peter Sculthorpe and Rupert Gregson-Williams.
Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits.
She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East.
Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.