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What do you get when you combine the creative talents of five of the Red Centre’s most gifted musicians and singers with 35 members of a community choir? Well, friends, you get Alice Sings.

Making tracks up the track to the Top End is this 40-strong entourage of performers, set to bring the Centralian flavour to Darwin Festival’s Sunset Stage for one huge concert, Red Desert, Endless Sky: Songs From The Centre.

Featuring the musical prowess of Xavia, Resin Moon and Bambadino, plus the incredible voices of Cassii Williams and Paul Ah Chee, Alice Sings is a true showcase of the musical goods produced in the Centre.

Composer, songwriter and music teacher Ed Gould – also the fearless leader of Alice Sings – says they’re excited to perform in Darwin.

“For all of us, really, we’ve been increasingly working with local artists in Alice Springs, and we’re super proud of the scene down here. It’s hard to get Alice Springs out to other places, so to us, this feels like a big celebration of the diverse music scene in Alice Springs,” he says.

“One thing we realised is that we’ve all collaborated across heaps of platforms – there’s a super collaborative scene here – so there was this really natural collective to join forces and put on something bigger.”

This one-hour performance allows audiences to experience an entirely new work by bringing together the original sounds of these proficient artists, inspired by the unique landscape of Central Australia.

“We found the common theme linking us together is the way the land has impacted us all, we all have a different connection – some have moved here in the last decade, but Cassii Williams’ and her family, for example, have spent their whole lives in Ntaria,” Gould says.

“The inescapable thing is that the land here just permeates all our music. That will come through in the way we’ve curated the show. I think there are some really unique voices here that we’re very happy to share.”


Red Desert, Endless Sky: Songs from the Centre
WHEN SUN 8 AUG | 9PM
AT INPEX SUNSET STAGE
COST $34-$38
INFO alicesings.community darwinfestival.org.au

Header and thumbnail – Xavia, Resin Moon & Cassii Williams. Photo: Nico Liengme

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