Dan Sultan to headline 2019 Gulf Country Frontier Days festival

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Aria award winning artist Dan Sultan will headline the third Gulf Country Frontier Days Festival in August. The festival returns to Burketown this year after taking place in the Gregory in 2018 and Sultan will be joined on stage by Golden Guitar winner Sara Storer and Grammy Award and five time Native American Music Award winner Micki Free. Sultan has accepted the invite to play at the festival which on from August 15 to 18 and to sit in the medicine circle and feel the healing powers of the Salt Flats with Festival Director Alec Doomadgee before hitting the main stage to energise audiences with his full band. “Our Native brothers and sisters from around the world will join us on the tribal lands of the Gangalidda people, who have given permission for the first time to hold a concert and cultural performances on the Burketown Salt Flats,” Doomadgee said. “This is a once in a lifetime experience not to be missed. The magic begins from the opening ceremony, with our artists sharing their medicine and culture from around the world.” Sara Storer is one of Australia’s most-loved singer-songwriters whose crisp observations of the Australian landscape and blues-rock guitarist and Native American flute player Micki Free returns to the Festival in 2019 with full band from the USA to share ‘the Micki Free Experience’. Founder of the Warumpi Band, Sammy Butcher, will make the trek across from the Central Desert and bringing with him the Tjupi Band who performs a unique blend of desert reggae rock and sing in the Luritja tongue. Also making the journey are the renowned Papunya visual artists and dancers and returning to the stage is songwriter and performer, Glenn Skuthorpe, after the release of his sixth album ‘Wild Winds of Dooga’ and new single ‘This is Australia’. The Festival tradition of showcasing First Nations performers from around the world continues as mezzo-soprano Cree language singer Rhonda Head from northern Manitoba Canada shares her unique voice and stories of adventures, challenges and triumphs with Festival audiences. The 2019 Festival will be set against the backdrop of Australia’s largest salt pan and the Ancestral lands of the Gangalidda Tribe, a site of deep spiritual significance. Festival audiences will be invited to gather around the medicine circle on the Salt Flats and to reflect, connect and recharge at the First Nations Cultural Village and through the Medicine Mornings program. The local dance and cultural groups will come together with artists from around the world to connect through culture under the Burketown ‘Moungibi’ night sky. The line up features the Buminji, Mornington Island, Pupunya, Gamilaroi Yanni Yuligi and Kayn Kuap Boigu Island Dancers from Australia, Paayuvi Hopi Dance group and Pueblo Dancer from the US, dancers from the Cree Nation (Canada) and Te Pu o Te Wheke Kapahaka (New Zealand). READ ALSO: Entertainment line-up released for Outback Masters While you are here subscribe to our weekly email to your inbox 6am every Friday

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