2019 ARTISTS

The Kutcha Edwards Band

“Music is not what I do, it is who I am. My songs may be contemporary but they are more than 40,000 years old. They come through me from my ancestors and my people … and they tell our stories” – Kutcha Edwards

Kutcha Edwards has been combining activism and songwriting since 1991, when he joined Koori group Watbalimba and later Blackfire. His experiences as a member of the Stolen Generations and his proud Mutti Mutti heritage have shaped his diverse creative output in groups like Blackfire and the Black Arm Band.

Kutcha released his first solo album Cooinda in 2002 followed by Hope in 2007. Inspired by the albums’ Songline, Kutcha wrote, produced and performed his first theatre based show, Songlines of a Mutti Mutti Man, with the show receiving a Victorian Indigenous Performing Arts (VIPA) Award. Kutcha went on to create a one-man version of Songlines of a Mutti Mutti Man, called yuyukatha, which he toured throughout Victoria.

Kutcha was subsequently invited to join the renowned Black Arm Band and toured for several seasons both nationally and internationally. In 2012 Kutcha produced the album ‘blak & blu’ which he calls his ‘Bidgee’ music, reflecting Kutcha’s own unique style with influences from his Mutti Mutti country on the Murrumbidgee River. His latest album, ‘Beneath the Surface’, sees him venture more deeply into the blues territory and is a compilation of songs that express the latest in Kutcha’s musical journey.

In 2016 Kutcha was inducted into the NIMA Hall of Fame, and has since been awarded the Melbourne Prize for Music and received the inaugural fellowship with the VCA for Most Distinguished Musician.