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Busby Marou

Lakeside amphitheatre, National Museum of Australia | 26 January 2022 | 6–10pm, doors open 5pm | Free, bookings essential

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As the sun goes down and the stars come out, Australia Day activities at the Museum will conclude with a relaxed, family-friendly concert by the lake.

Start the evening by being welcomed to Country by local Ngambri–Walgalu elder Paul House. Then watch the Muggera family perform traditional song and dance. Next up, Dale Huddleston and the Riverbank Band will be joined by special guest Nancy Bates. Finally, Rockhampton duo Busby Marou will bring their multi-award-winning blues and roots stylings to the stage.

The Australia Day theme of Reflect, Respect, Celebrate brings together elders, artists and speakers to mark the day and show the way for the nation. We invite you to sit by the fire, listen and reflect on the Australian experience, from its ancient origins millennia ago to recent histories.

About the artists

Busby Marou

Busby Marou (pronounced Buz-bee Ma-roo) are an Australian duo originally from Rockhampton, Queensland.

Best known for their distinctly Australian storytelling and gifted musicianship, Busby Marou, aka Tom Busby (hailing from sunny Queensland) and Jeremy Marou (from the beautiful Torres Strait Islands), have been playing music together for over a decade. Onstage a key element is the intertwining of vocal interplay between two lifelong mates.

Portrait of two men.
Busby Marou

Having gained a reputation as one of Australia’s hardest working live bands. They are also known for energy they put into touring regional Australia. They love the live experience whether it’s in a country beer barn or a slick inner-city theatre.

Muggera

Founded by Darren and Jax Compton in 2015, Muggera is a family group that prides itself on its cultural knowledge and professionalism. The members for Muggera come from a long line of cultural leaders and world-class performers with a formidable respect for culture.

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Muggera

All members of Muggera have been performing and sharing their culture for many years and have been guided by their elders over many decades.

Muggera has ongoing support from elders and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities to share culture, establish Muggera Cultural Enterprise, and set a new standard for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural performance and engagement in Australia.

Nancy Bates

Nancy Bates is a song woman originating from far western New South Wales. Her Barkindji roots, the transformative power of love over pain, and what it means to be a woman in the 21st century drive her soulful, moving songwriting. Whether on a global stage with Archie Roach or writing songs with incarcerated women, Nancy uses her music to share her Country, her culture and her personal experience with the world in the hope of making it a better place.

Dale Huddleston and the Riverbank Band

Dale Huddleston is a renowned singer, songwriter, artist and entrepreneur. The Riverbank Band was established in Canberra in 1994 as a country covers rock band. The band produced an album of original music in 1999, Simple Things, and in 2005 Huddleston released a solo album, Home is Where the Heart Is.

Musicians performing on stage with guitars.
Dale Huddleston and the Riverbank Band

The concert is presented jointly by the National Australia Day Council and the National Museum of Australia.

This event will be managed in line with the Museum’s Covid-19 safety plan and is subject to change at short notice. Large-scale events are ticketed to keep everyone safe. Unless we have reached capacity, tickets will be available at the door but we encourage you to book in advance.

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