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Some of Australia’s finest musicians are performing around the country for the annual celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture
Emma Donovan grew up singing church songs with her grandparents on the north coast of New South Wales before becoming a regular fixture at the Tamworth country music festival. But as she began to absorb new influences from her father’s record collection – American artists like LaVern Baker and Etta James, along with Indigenous Australian acts No Fixed Address and Archie Roach – her music took a left turn into blues and soul. Now performing with Melbourne rhythm combo the PutBacks, their album Dawn is a throwback to the big hair and big heart of 70s soul music. See them performing at Sydney’s Hyde Park on 6 July.