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Sunday Sundowner at Nala Bardip Mia
Sunday, January 28 @ 3:30 PM – 7:00 PM
The Arts Margaret River Sundowners are an annual series of free family concerts that are well loved and well attended.
The Sundowners support local musicians and enable Arts Margaret River to give back to our community, and for the community to be exposed to differing music styles. Importantly, it enables low income families within the district the opportunity to attend a concert as a family group. Friends and family, some comprising four generations, gather with their picnic on the lawn and delight in the location, ambience and music.
Bring a picnic!
Nina Suriya is an Anglo-Indian world folk musician. Predominantly a singer, guitarist and spoons player! She also has a background in piano, mandolin and ukulele and circus performing as an acrobat and contortionist.
Her unique musical upbringing took her through a wide range of genres, ranging from jazz, trad folk, funk, to bluegrass, to classical choral. Being home educated her parents influence played a huge role in her music; Her mother a grandfather were jazz musicians with incredible feel and musicality and her father Jesse Bannister is a world-renowned Indian classical saxophonist and sought-after composer, who has written for the Hallé Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and City of London Sinfonia and has collaborated with such lights as Talvin Singh, Deepak Pandit, Bickram Ghosh, Padma Shri Aruna Sairam and Adnan Joubran.
From a very young age Nina was able to brush shoulders with amazing talent, being from the same home town as Corinne Jacqueline Bailey Rae, an English singer and songwriter, best known for her 2006 single “Put Your Records On”. Nina’s first professional album at the age of sixteen was a family collaboration and featured Kenny higgins, Corinne Jacqueline Bailey Rae’s bassist. Her recent recordings featured 2022 eurovison song contest winner’s guitarist from the band we are Domi. They met in a park in the uk’s first lock down and did some home studio recordings. Now going solo Suriya’s intimate song writing style coupled with complex rhythms and melodies makes for a unique and personal listening experience. As a travelling musician, Nina draws a lot from her life experience on the road and living on protest camps as a feminist and front-line activist defending nature and minority and oppressed communities. She aims to bring you in on her story and does so with such vulnerability and honesty.
Since embarking on a solo career in early 2018, Emjay Angeni has melted hearts and captured imaginations throughout Australasia with her relaxed brand of coastal roots/pop and affable nature both on and off stage.
Influenced by the likes of Jack Johnson, Ben Harper, Donavon Frankenwrieter and Norah Jones; Emjay weaves a blend of her own original songs, interpretations of crowd favourites and spontaneous stories which blend to casually invite her audiences to relax, smile and engage with eachother as well as her performace – and all with an ease you might feel if you were sat for a cup of tea in her livingroom.
This point of difference has seen her become a sought-after act by many West Australian venues of note, including residencies playing six nights per week, for months on end at famous locations such as El Questro Station and Lake Argyle Resort.
Emjay has appeared at Nukara, WAM Fest and Fluffstival music festivals as a solo artist, supported acts the likes of Saritah, Juzzie Smith, Karin Page and Little Quirks, and also performs as one half of folk duo “Moon & Honey” with her partner Dan White – who opened Good Day Sunshine Festival October 2020, performing with the likes of John Butler, Xavier Rudd, Eskimo Joe, and Vicki Thorne.
In addition to this Emjay appeared as a feature vocalist with Fluid Groove act “Blue Child Collective” who were awarded “Best Regional Act” at the 2019 West Australian Music Awards and were regulars on the festival and international touring circuit -recently playing NZ Spirit Fest, Bendigo Blues and Roots, Nannup Music Festival, Nukara Music Festival and having supported such acts as Xavier Rudd, Sticky Fingers and The Cat Empire.
Tilly Kay & Sam Liddon
Tilly Kay’s velvet vocal pairs with the rhythmic riffs of Sam Liddon on double and electric bass, bringing a groove that is both sinuous and spacious. Experienced musicians within the West Australian festival circuit, the couple also regularly support various singer songwriter projects both in the studio and live onstage.
The duo’s recent songwriting is steeped in a mutual love of soul and funk, so expect this event to bring the tempo up with special guests coming along to shape and shift the gears… Wash off those end of holiday feels and let yourself be drawn in by the heart and soul of Tilly Kay.
Some amazing local artists will have their work on display including Jerome & Rika Rouw, Leela & Asha Dilkes-Hoffman, Susen, Shelley McNab, Matt Almera and more!
There are also two exhibitions – Harvey Wachtel and Fi Wilkie – that will both be accessible.
The Margaret River and Districts Historical Society and River Angels will both have displays at the event. The River Angels will also be selling food (sausage sizzle, icey poles and soft drinks) as a fundraiser.
“I think I enjoy these concerts even more than going to the big Leeuwin Concerts. The Sundowners really are for the community to enjoy.”A local resident.