Black Orchid Stringband in Deloraine

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Black Orchid Stringband invite you to join them around the Yarning Circle for an evening of West Papuan music and stories.
The stringband are on their way to perform at the Cygnet Folk Festival with one stop only in Deloraine. How lucky we are!

Bring a plate of food to share. No alcohol please.
BYO plate and cutlery.
We'll light the fire if there's no fire ban.
Family friendly event.
Free (but will pass a bucket around for donations)

Some info about the stringband:
Black Orchid Stringband comprises of West Papua and Australia musicians, singers, and freedom fighters traversing a rhythmic ukuleles and choral harmonies without borders. The group’s music draws on the rich backlog of songs written and archived in the spirit of cultural survival, political expression and national unity of the West Papuan quest for freedom.

In the words of Britain’s Songlines magazine (2017), “The group’s tight but easy-going vocal harmonies are their defining sound.”
The eight piece stringband each have a unique story and song: navigating the rich West Papuan dialects from the islands to the highlands, crossing to Tok Pisin (PNG language) as well as following the songlines rooted with the origins of spirituality to Australia.

With more than 300 languages and immense cultural and biological diversity that rapidly extinct in the globalised world of infrastructure and development, the existential threat poses on these languages and culture is what galvanized the group to continue to help preserve them – not just for the members themselves, but for the generations to come.

Sydney’s Kamuke Ukulele magazine, (2017) describes “Their musical skill mixed with passion for their cause and an innate exuberance for life is an irresistible combination.”

The accompanying melodious sounds of ukulele, guitar, tifa (West Papuan hand drum), traditional bass and three part vocal harmonies maintains art and spiritual relationship to West Papua.

The Ukulele Mag USA (2018) sums it as “a beautiful and intoxicating Pacific Island vibe that leans heavily on a unique, swinging ukulele strum.”

Formed in 2010, the stringband has performed numerous gigs including theatre arts production (Adelaide Nexus Theatre Arts), folk and ukulele festivals (Cygnet, Yackandandah, Dandenong Ranges, Light in Winter, Emerge in Yarra, Federation Square and Melbourne, The Village, Rockin’ For West Papua), and regular community events in-support for issues such indigenous rights, climate change, refugees, and self-determination struggle.

Their debut album, Black Orchid Stringband, contains 9 tracks – with rendition of West Papua Anthem as prelude to some original songs, some traditional songs and some from the Papuan archives. The musical soundscape effortlessly takes one on a journey that switches between solo, harmony and choral.

Music will continue to be the conduit for Black Orchid Stringband’s PAPUA MERDEKA mission. The song speaks of their struggle and the struggle is in their songs.
“We are hoping to get our word out to the wider community about the human rights abuses and injustice and marginalisation of Indigenous West Papuans that is happening in West Papua right now,” Joe Wally said on the Adelaide Review (2019).

Address: Yarning Circle, Meander River Deloraine.