The journey so far...
Pure, haunting vocals. Gina Williams is one of those rare performers who connects and captures audiences through the power of song. And it’s made even more special when it’s sung in rare Noongar language.
Gina has been steadily gaining a reputation across Australia for bringing a fresh, modern take on ancient traditions; merging evocative sounds, natural acoustic instruments, poignant stories with that beautiful voice.
The natural rhythms of the language are perfectly captured and represented, and there’s an endearing onstage charisma that comes from someone who, in spite of all that's happened before, simply refuses to give up.
Gina is a Balladong (Noongar) daughter with links, through her grandmother, to the Kitja people of the East Kimberley. Her music is informed by an ancient Indigenous culture and she has drawn from a deep well of recent West Australian and an even deeper personal history.
“I grew up not knowing anything about my true history. I've had to go back as an adult and learn. I don't regret this, but it means I've had to claw territory back. I wanted to learn the language, to write songs so that I could teach my children. It's an incredibly beautiful language – when I hear Noongar language I hear music, it literally sings to me.”
Performing with the all-important blessings of her elders and her community, Gina will take you on a journey you will not get anywhere else in the world. And it's one you are not likely to forget.
Winner: Indigenous Act of the Year, 2013 & 2014 West Australian Music Industry (WAMi) Awards | Artist of the Year: 2014 NAIDOC Perth Awards | Performing artist, Woodford Folk Festival | Performing artist, Cygnet Folk Festival (Tas) | Performing Artist, Illawarra Folk Festival (NSW) | Performing artist, Opening of the National ANZAC Centre | Performing artist, Wesfarmers Centenary Celebration Concert (with the WA Symphony Orchestra) | Opening Act, 2014 National Folk Festival | Opening Act, 2014 Fairbridge Festival | Headline Artist, 2013 Keela Dreaming Festival, WA | Opening Act, 2013 Perth International Jazz Festival | Performing Artist, 2014 Nannup Music Festival (also booked for 2015) | Performing Artist, 2013 & 2014 Nanga Music Festival | Performing Artist, 2013/14 Support; Archie Roach (WA, NSW & VIC) | Headline Artist, 2014 Jazz by the Bay, Dunsborough | Performing Artist, NAIDOC Perth Awards