Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse
Perth, WA

Guitar brilliance and incandescent vocals.

These exceptional performers connect and capture audiences through the power of song. And it’s made even more special when it’s sung in rare Noongar language.

 

Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse have firmly established a reputation for bringing a fresh, modern take on ancient traditions; merging evocative sounds, natural acoustic instruments, poignant stories with that incredible, beautiful voice. The natural rhythms of the language are perfectly captured and represented, and there’s an onstage connection and charisma that comes from two good friends who simply won’t quit.

 

Australian Indigenous music Icon and National Treasure, Archie Roach, has likened Gina to being a modern day Edith Piaf, telling his audiences that Gina “takes this old, old language, writes and sings these beautiful songs so that we in the audience cannot help but fall in love with the romance of it all.”

Gina is a Balladong daughter; one of the 14 clan groups which make up the Noongar nation, covering the south west corner of Western Australia. By official records, Noongar language is critically endangered (there are less than 400 recognised fluent speakers left). Her mother and grandmother, both part of the Stolen Generations were never allowed to speak their languages. Gina wasn’t stolen, but was relinquished as a baby for adoption.

Telling her story and singing these beautifully crafted songs in language is deeply personal.

“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, this Balladong songbird will leave you breathless!

“...this music...this is where the ancient meets the contemporary...it’s beautiful...I love it...”

Archie Roach - Singer-songwriter, National Treasure

Singer-songwriter Gina Williams and guitarist Guy Ghouse have laid down an important stepping stone in what will

hopefully be an irresistible and sustained renaissance in Noongar language and culture...But this is not only an important cultural document - it is a plain lovely musical gem...4.5 stars...”

Stephen Bevis, Arts Editor - The West Australian

“Her story, her humour, her big heart charmed the audience....What triumphs in the end is the human spirit. Most

importantly what the audience comes away with, after the joyous final number, is that despite the adversities, what

prevails is the sense of heart-felt love of one another and for the earth we all share.”

Antonio Casella - FRINGEWORLD 2018

WINNER: 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013: INDIGENOUS ACT OF THE YEAR

Western Australian Music Industry (WAMi) Awards

INDUCTEE: 2018 West Australian Women’s Hall of Fame (Gina)

ABORIGINAL CATEGORY WINNER, 2017 WEST AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

Guy plays

Cole Clark Fat Lady 2

Official Cole Clark artist

© 2019 Strings Attached Guitar Festival

Images © David Dare Parker & Martine Perret

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