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Blak & Bright: Blak Gala: Stories Behind the Songs



With heartfelt musical performances alongside the tales behind the tunes, you’ll hear powerful and honest narratives connecting country, community, family and more. Uncover pitch-perfect musical perspectives – from the poignant to the playful – in this most sweet-sounding of literary parties.

Featuring James Henry and Monica Weightman, with special guest Kutcha Edwards. Hosted by Tammy Anderson.

Presented by the Wheeler Centre in collaboration with Songlines.


Kutcha Edwards

As one of Australia’s most respected and renowned Indigenous singer/songwriters and proud Mutti Mutti man, Kutcha’s music and community work has earned him iconic status amongst both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. What Kutcha shares through his songs and stories elicit an audience co... Read more

Monica Weightman

Monica Weightman is a musician and Murri woman. She grew up in Townsville, influenced by her Islander father Ray but with the musical genes of her Scottish-English-Italian mother. Although she never really associated with the large Torres Strait Islander community in Townsville, she said she had mor... Read more

James Henry

James Henry is a singer/songwriter, musician and recording engineer, and the grandson of Jimmy Little. His music spans country rock, reggae and hip hop and addresses issues such as Aboriginal identity and society’s rules and expectations. Henry is also a much-sought after photographer.

Tammy Anderson

Tammy Anderson is an award winning actor and playwright. Winning recipient of the Uncle Jack Charles Award and the Uncle Bob Maza Award she is a proud Palawa woman from Tasmania. Tammy has just graduated from the University of Melbourne’s Master of Writing for Performance.



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The Wheeler Centre acknowledges the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation as the traditional owners of the land on which we work. We pay our respect to the people of the Kulin Nation and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders, past and present.