Opening Reception, Tuesday 21 March 2017
Belle Whyte is a descendant of the Murrawarri people of North Western NSW. Belle comes from a musical family so she has been involved in the performing arts from a very early age.
Belle has experience performing in various genres including jazz, blues, soul and pop. She has and a background in musical theatre and has performed at many different venues, functions and events both as a solo act and with various ensembles all around Australia.
Belle is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Secondary Education at the ANU School of Music and the University of Canberra. Her majors are Music and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. She teaches singing, writes music and is also making a career by performing regularly.
Brandon Reed will be accompanying Belle for this performance. He is is a multi-instrumentalist who plays drums, guitar and keys. He also sings and is studying music performance at the Canberra Institute of Technology.
Conference dinner, Thursday 22 March 2017
Dale Huddleston & the Riverbank Band
Formed in the National Capital in 1990, this Canberra based band are regular performers in Koori communities around NSW and interstate along with national country and folk music circuits.
Nominee for band of the year at the Deadlys in 2011, this widely journeyed band have produced two original albums, Simple Things (1999) and Home Is Where The Heart Is (2005), that combine a variety of genres and styles with attention grabbing vocals, lyrics and harmonies. They have also recorded country covers albums Songs You Know by Heart and Middle and Country Rock. They are currently recording their third originals album, Dedication, a country folk and blues album due for release in June 2017
Terra Firma is based in regional New South Wales and features a unique sound of country, rock, reggae and blues. The band covers songs from Elvis to the Beatles, John Fogerty to Bob Marley as well as performing their own original hits.
Members include Anthony Green and Matt Griffin on guitar and vocals, Richard Lockwood on drums, and Tony Green on bass guitar.
Terra Firma has performed at many high profile events and functions including the Camp Quality Giggle Ball, Westpac Rescue Helicopter Ball, the Yabun Indigenous festival in Sydney and 2014 National Native Title Conference.
In 2015 they performed at the National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony in Adelaide, Western Sydney NAIDOC dinner dance and the NSW State wide Land Council Conference in the Hunter Valley.
Terra Firma opened the Day on the Green in 2014 at Petersons Winery in Armidale, NSW, to rave reviews and outstanding feedback. They held their own as part of an all-star line-up including British India, Diesel, Something for Kate and headline act Hunters & Collectors.
The band’s future goals include wanting to record more original songs and continue to tour and perform at festivals around Australia and the world.