When ‘Aunty’ Ruby Hunter died suddenly in 2010, she left an indelible mark on Australian music and culture. A Ngarrindjeri woman from South Australia, Hunter was a gifted musician and songwriter. Together with her lifelong partner and collaborator, Archie Roach, she paved the way for many younger generations of Indigenous musicians. One of the artists that took inspiration from Ruby Hunter’s music and songwriting is the acclaimed vocalist Emma Donovan. Donovan – a Gumbainggir woman – started her singing career at age seven, as a member of the renowned Australian musical family the Donovan family. In this tribute to Ruby Hunter, Donovan and Melbourne rhythm combo The PutBacks will be performing songs from Hunter’s 1994 debut album, Thoughts Within.
“Emma’s voice is everything you’d want in a soul singer. She’s the real deal.” – Wax Poetics
“Emma Donovan is a charismatic soul singer for the ages” – Beat Magazine
Presented By Arts Centre Melbourne and YIRRAMBOI.