New gen Indigenous Australian artist Yirrmal Marika, from North-East Arnhem Land, has made a refreshing entrance into the music scene. Inspired by his Grandfather, Dr M Yunupingu, former lead singer of Yothu Yindi, he fuses tradition and contemporary with class and passion. Yirrmal is an inspiring songwriter and guitarist with a beautiful voice, singing songs about his homeland and culture with feeling and depth beyond his years. He openly shares his identity, spirit and connection to the land and engages the hearts of those that are lucky enough to hear him.
Career highlights include the Folk International Alliance Conference in Kansas, touring the North West Territories of Canada, Woodford Music Festivals, WOMADelaide 2018, Bluesfest-Boomerang Festivals, Commonwealth Games, Australia Day National performances, Northern Territory NAIDOC Week concerts, National Indigenous Music Awards, Garma Festivals, New Zealand Music Festival and Singapore and Taipei Music Festivals with the Black Arm Band, Nannup Music Festival, BluesFest Touring Shows and Port Fairy Folk Festivals.
Other highlights and awards include performing ‘Treaty’ as a special guest with Midnight Oil at their sold out shows in 2017 at Hanging Rock and Sydney and being the support act for The Waifs for their February 18’ Melbourne show. Yirrmal was the recipient of the 2017 Maton Class Act for Emerging Talent award in 2017 at PFFF. Yirrmal also received great reviews for his performances in the concert ‘1967: Songs in the Key of Yes’ marking the 50th anniversary of the Referendum at Sydney and Adelaide festivals.