By | April 14, 2016

Close to 200 came to the event at Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre to soak up Indigenous art, music, food, and the relaxed atmosphere.
Deadly Duo had the crowd participating early with a mix of covers and original material, and was joined by didgeridoo player Lyndon Perry, who again proved to be the hardest working muso at the festival, collaborating with popular acts Olly Friend and Alister Turrill.
Olly Friend won many new admirers with his solo stint and Alister Turrill’s swampy slide guitar and stompbox-infused set kept the audience absorbed. Jayden Lillyst’s engaging performance included influences from rock, roots and blues and mellow country, while Cherrywood’s Josh Seymour was joined by Andrew Walker on violin, offering a stripped back take on tracks from his recent solo release Rope Tied Hope.
Headliner Yirrmal, a rising star in Indigenous music, had the crowd hanging on his every word with a unique blend of traditional language and contemporary folk roots.
Yirrmal closed the event with a rendition of Yothu Yindi’s 1991 hit “Treaty”, which served as a poignant reminder of Narana’s message of “Listening and Learning” while promoting positive messages of reconciliation.
Narana Unplugged II continued the success of last year’s inaugural event, and precedes NaranaFest, which will return in early November.