Allara / Kahl Wallis (2019)

A real pleasure to have these artists on the show ahead of a performance at the Stone Pony the following weekend.

untitled-01769.jpgALLARA (AKA Allara Briggs Pattison) “… is a Yorta Yorta woman who has an enchanting glow when she performs, always gracing the stage with a passionate grin from ear to ear. Her range of skills playing on both upright and standard bass compliment each other. Her ears have grown large from playing in a variety of different styles including neo-soul, jazz, country, folk and Irish Trad to name a few.

Allara’s approach to music is inspirational to other female musicians and Indigenous Australian’s. Finishing her Bachelor of Music Performance in 2016,  she kicked off a grand start to her music career accompanying Archie Roach, and the experienced band at the Sydney Opera House, at the time being the youngest on stage at 22 years old.”

She performs solo, with band, as part of the duo Dhungala Baarka with Nancy Bates and is in the process of putting together the documentary Beautiful Sunshine, on her journey to reconnect with her family and culture.

KAHL WALLIS: Children Of The Revolution (5.02) 

KAHL WALLIS: Superhuman (5.12) 

ALLARA: Beautiful Sunshine (excerpt)  (2.07)

ALLARA & KAHL WALLIS: Survive (6.35) 

untitled-01753.jpgKAHL WALLIS “Lead singer and songwriter for indie/alternative band The Medics, environmental and social activist, storyteller, and now solo performer, Kahl Wallis is a young Aboriginal man on a mission.

After releasing their debut album Foundations in 2012, Kahl’s band The Medics took out top honours at the 2012 National Indigenous Music Awards with wins for Best New Talent, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year for ‘Griffin’, and were crowned Best New Talent at the 2013 Rolling Stone Awards.

In late 2014 Kahl decided to strip back into raw acoustic mode to explore his songwriting and cultural roots further. He was soon invited to tour with Blue King Brown, opening for them as a solo artist at their shows across the country. With his solo project only just beginning to gather speed, Kahl was extremely honoured to receive the Dreaming Award at the 2015 National Indigenous Arts Awards, presented by the Australia Council for the Arts. The award came with a $20,000 cash prize for him to record his debut solo album, currently scheduled for release in 2019.

Between recording as a solo artist, touring, participating in community projects, and working on his second record with The Medics, Kahl also works as a music mentor and healthy-lifestyle facilitator with The Jimmy Little Foundation, delivering workshops to Indigenous children in remote communities.”

These original songs were performed live to air on May 9, 2019. The collaboration Survive was only written over the previous couple of days, and completed earlier the same day!


Pics by Michael Hunter.