The Narlis (Narl-ees) celebrated 5 years of collaborations across the Kimberley with a program inspired by, and reflective of, the power of country and community – travelling from Darwin to Karratha for a series of public concerts as the Kimberley Echoes Tour. Stephen Pigram, Mark Atkins, Stephen Magnusson, Erkki Veltheim, Tristen Parr and Tos Mahoney performed the program of original works at places like The Lighthouse for Darwin Festival, Waringarri Aboriginal Arts Centre in Kununurra, Sun Pictures in Broome and the new Red Earth Arts Precinct in Karratha.
With special additions including the Waringarri Dancers in Kununurra, Gabriel Nodea in Broome and Naomi Pigram in Karratha, Echoes flew to new heights of performance and collaboration. Enthusiastic audiences lapped up not only the performances but the on-tour available CD of the same name (soon for general release).
The energy of the tour itself, and yet another gathering of this eclectic and adventurous group of artists, has been a solid forerunner to the planned east coast tour of Kimberley Echoes through 2019 and 2020.
Our huge thanks to all of the Tour funders, sponsors and donors including the State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Lotterywest and the Royalties for Regions program and the Australia Council’s Contemporary Music Touring Fund, Healthway promoting the Act-Belong-Commit message, The Ian Potter Foundation, The Rowley Foundation, APRA AMCOS, Airnorth, GWN7 and the West Australian Regional Newspapers.