2019 — 9 speeches
Indigenous singer/songwriter Benny Walker's love songs and epic tales are mixed with passion for the land, the people, summer vibes and deep grooves.
Benny's latest offering, Oh No You Don't, was written at his home in Moama and recorded at Way Of The Eagle studios in Melbourne with ARIA award-winning producer Jan Skubiszewski (The Cat Empire, John Butler Trio, Dan Sultan). Oh No You Don't heralds a new direction in sound for Benny Walker. Mixing blues and roots with a contemporary soul vibe, the song is written as a triumph over and a big "F you" to mental illness.
Benny was awarded Victorian Indigenous Performing Arts Award for Best New Talent in 2012 and was crowned "2016 Best Aboriginal Act of the Year" at The Age Music Victoria Awards.
He's performed at some of the country's best-loved festivals, including Moomba, Woodford, St Kilda Festival and Blue Mountains Music Festival, and has also taken the plunge into the Canadian festival circuit. In recent years, he has performed alongside some of Australia's finest, including Archie Roach, Blue King Brown, Tim Rogers and Vika and Linda Bull.
An accomplished solo performer, Benny is regularly joined on stage by his band, where he replaces his acoustic guitar with a Telecaster and indulges his passion for the big blues-rock sound.