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Kev Carmody

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Celebrated Indigenous singer-songwriter Kev Carmody was born in 1946 to an Irish-Australian father and Aboriginal mother. Carmody is particularly well-known for co-writing From Little Things Big Things Grow with Paul Kelly in 1991, which shares the story of the fight for land rights by the Gurindji people in the Northern Territory, led by Vincent Lingiari. His experiences with the bush life, tradition of oral storytelling from his Aboriginal family and love of language from his Irish heritage provided an invaluable foundation for his career in music. Alongside many recognitions for his music, he was inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame in 2009.

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