Frank Yamma plays Montrose Town Centre in Melbourne this May before heading to Canada, Brisbane, Cairns, Canberra and Katoomba.

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Was great to catch up with my buddies the talented Steve and Alan Pigram (Pigram brothers)
at the Karijini Experience in the Pilbara recently

Join Frank Yamma at Montrose Town Centre for his first Melbourne show this year on Saturday 28 May.

Frank is looking forward to dusting the desert sands off his shoes having just finished a tour of the remote Pilbara region in Western Australia. Frank captivated audiences at Karijini National Park (see his photo blog here) before travelling out to Newman in the East Pilbara to play at the Martumili Arts Centre.

Following his Melbourne show, Frank will head back to Canada for his third tour of the country in as many years, including shows at the Lunenberg Folk Harbour Festival, the Robson Valley Music Festival and venues in Vancouver this August. Later in the year you can catch him in Brisbane, Cairns, Canberra and Katoomba. See you there!

Frank Yamma on Tour..

Sat 28 May
Montrose Town Centre | Montrose Victoria

4 - 15 August
Lunenberg Folk Harbour Festival
Robson Valley Music Festival
+ More shows to be announced...

Wed 21 Sep (afternoon)
Queen Street Mall | Brisbane QLD

Wed 21 Sep (evening)
Junk Bar | Brisbane QLD

Fri 23 Sep
World Music Series at Tanks Arts Centre | Cairns QLD

Sat 1 Oct
Beyond Festival | Canberra ACT

Sun 2 Oct
Upstairs "Live at The Attic" Hotel Blue | Katoomba Blue Mountains NSW

For further tour dates and details stay in touch via:

Me, little. Truck, big. Newman, WA.

SHETNEWS (Shetland Islands, UK)

Frank Yamma, the second artist on the bill, is the perfect example of all I love about the festival. The indigenous Australian is an act I may never have heard, but unexpectedly became one of the highlights of my weekend.

His spellbinding self penned songs were sung with soulful vocals, and accompanied by rootsy guitar, and often heartbreaking imagery – for example on 'She Cried' – they had a powerful impact.Dark moments were however lifted with fine finger picking and beautiful melodies, and there was a touch of Paul Weller about the last tune, to my ears, at least.

Full article HERE

SHETLAND TIMES (Shetland Islands, UK)

Yamma sang in both Aboriginal and English – sometimes with both languages in the same song. This meant that the reviewer had no idea what many of the lyrics were, but the frequently anguished emotions in Yamma’s voice were unmistakable, whatever the language.

Yamma is a fine composer of fairly simple folk/acoustic material. There are probably better guitarists around and certainly better singers, but his power and feeling elevates his performance to a higher level. Yamma, oddly complaining of the heat in Mareel, got another rousing ovation from the audience, and was probably the highlight of the night.

Full article HERE


Following Steffan was Frank Yamma, an initiated Pitjantjatjara man who brought a different intensity to the stage, one built on years of experience imprinted into his soulful, growling voice and quite extraordinary guitar playing. With songs from his critically acclaimed albums Countryman (2010) andUncle (2014), Yamma took a transfixed audience on a journey into the Australian central desert. Having grown up in Alice Springs not more than a few hundred miles from the sacred Uluru or Ayers Rock, Yamma’s songs are more than just a tourist window into another world. Their lyrical power comes from anger at how alcoholism is destroying the lives of young Aboriginal children in One Lonely Night, or the tribulations of casual racism in Black Man Crying. Make More Spear is a stunning song lamenting the loss of the Aboriginal way of life, destroyed by alcoholism and poverty, and a call to arms to reconnect to the old ways – “we are the people of this land”.

Some of the songs in Pitjantjatjara, like Coolibah and Nguta, resonate with grace and power, whilst Yamma’s sense of rhythm and timing in his guitar playing is tinged with the ghosts of old time Delta bluesmen like Lead Belly and Lightnin’ Hopkins, mixed with traditional folk ballads and a little bit of reggae thrown in on songs like Down The River. Yamma finishes with possibly his most well known song, the plaintive and mysterious ballad She Cried, which begins with a yearning for death but ends with an elegiac affirmation of life. Frank Yamma and Lleuwen Steffan’s performances made me realise that, despite the differences in language and culture, we are all uniquely connected to the experience of what it means to be human.

Full article HERE

Frank Yamma's New Album Out NOW.

Frank's Brand New CD "Uncle" is available now.

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Frank Yamma Live for The Age.

The Age article and excerpts of the live performance and interview is up now. Check out the article HERE

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