TWO of Australia’s most revered musicians stop off at the Capital’s Voodoo Rooms this Sunday en route to represent their nation at the London Olympics.
David Bridie and Frank Yamma aren’t competing at the 2012 Games, mind you. Instead, they’ll be taking part in the River Of Music, a cultural celebration taking place on the banks of the Thames, featuring musicians from each Olympic particpant.
Bridie first gained recognition with ambient rock group Not Drowing, Waving, but has turned into something of a polyglot since; as well as a respected singer-songwriter who runs his own label (Wantok Music), he’s also an award-winning soundtrack composer, working on films like The Man Who Sued God (which starred Billy Connolly) and a passionate campaigner for the people of Papua New Guinea,
He also has his own particular history with Edinburgh too, having spent many years appearing at the Fringe, performing regularly at the Spiegeltent with the amusingly-monikered band, My Friend The Chocolate Cake.
Arguably Australia’s most important indigenous songwriter, Pitjantjatjara man Frank Yamma has not shied away from the problems, such as alcoholism and cultural degradation, that have beset the Aboriginal people, instead choosing to address these head-on by highlighting them in song.
Combining a deep, sonorous voice with a musical style that fuses Western and traditional elements, the result is something truly spectacular.
A rare opportunity to see them perform both together, and individually, on the same bill.
David Bridie and Frank Yamma, The Voodoo Rooms, West Register Street, Sunday, £12, www.thevoodoorooms.com