Festival Program


Duets: Allara & Archie Roach

Fri 6 Sep, 5.30pm
SLV, Isabella Fraser Room

Some of the country’s top singer-songwriters discuss their practice and perform live in MWF19’s Duets series.

Yorta Yorta woman Allara explores culture and storytelling while looping double bass. Archie Roach became the voice of the Stolen Generations with his ballad Took the Children Away. They explore music and politics.

Supported by APRA AMCOS and 3RRR 102.7FM


1 hour

Available on Pass



Session Artists

Allara uses a loop station double bass and other instruments to resonate fully formed emotive compositions; with orchestral harmonies, beats, clap sticks and earthy vocals her sound is unique. Inspired by oral traditions, Allara is a storyteller, taking the listener on a journey reflecting cultural spiritual & environmental empowerment.

Sosefina Fuamoli is a music journalist, editor and radio host. Sosefina’s recent credits have included Triple J, Double J, Red Bull Australia, LNWY and Cool Accidents, and she has contributed to Rolling Stone Australia and Stella Magazine. Sosefina is the Hip-Hop columnist for Beat Magazine in Melbourne, and hosts The Scenario on KissFM.

Archie Roach is a beloved and much admired Australian artist whose career has spanned three decades. His music speaks the stories of his people, of this land and of the human condition. His voice - uniquely Australian and undeniably universal - continues to resonate for us all.

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