Stories and songs from Kutcha Edwards

By John Lewis

A chance to connect with indigenous music and culture is on offer later this month, as singer-songwriter Kutcha Edwards presents his one-man show at Nathalia's Recreation Reserve.

Edwards' 25-year career began with bands Watbalimba, Blackfire and the Black Arm Band. As a solo artist he has worked with Paul Kelly, Archie Roach, David Bridie, Renee Geyer and the late Paul Hester of Split Enz and Crowded House.

With four albums up his sleeve, including his most recent Beneath The Surface from 2015, Edwards has built a following through his mix of blues, gospel, rock and country interlaced with personal stories of his life, family and culture delivered through his soulful voice and magnetic stage presence.

Born a Mutti Mutti man on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River in NSW, Edwards joined the Stolen Generation at 18 months of age when he and five of his 11 siblings were taken from his parents. Healing, culture and unity have been recurring themes in Edwards' stories and songs.

He said he saw his music as a responsibility given to him by his ancestors, to not only entertain, but also educate.

“A lot of people think it's about the performance, but for me it's not just about that — it's about dropping one extra pebble.

“My job is to drop a pebble in an imaginary pond and make that ripple. That’s my life’s work explained.”

The Kutcha Edwards Hour starts at 1pm on Sunday, October 27, with a welcome to country, followed by a supporting set from local Yorta Yorta performer Madi Coleville-Walker.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 concession and $5 for children.

They are available at the Nathalia Post Office, The Grain Store or on TryBooking.