Ngiyampaa man and First Nations singer-songwriter Pirritu"s (Brett Lee) music is gentle, honest and from the heart. Strange and melodic chords frame this songwriters vocals that weave around his lyrics like a gentle wind, enticing you into the depths of his personal journey, singing you a story of both sadness, love and hope. Pirritu (Brett Lee) is my guest this morning after 8am…so tune in to listen to this amazing artist.
Pirritu (Brett Lee) is set to release his second album, !Fire When The Sun Goes Down", which he is currently taking on the road with his band, performing live at festivals and venues throughout Victoria (including three mesmerising shows at Port Fairy Folk Festival), Queensland and Australian Capital Territory.
In this release, also known as ‘Pirritu Part 2’, he presents classic folk storytelling elements connecting the song man"s personal journey of self-discovery to country and culture. A true folk ensemble brings an immersive sound that underscores the strong visual narrative offered through Pirritu's songs. His songlines are informed by the work outside of music that Pirritu undertakes, which is contributing to preserving the ancient language of his people and gaining deeper understanding of their stories and traditions.
In his second full-length record, Pirritu builds on his debut album with songs of introspection and self-love presented through the lens of what he holds important in life: connections, understanding of one"s culture, and, acceptance. #Fire When The Sun Goes Down” is a warm embrace, generously extended from the songwriter to his listeners in an effort to guide them through to a destination of empathy, of collective compassion.
The sophomore album sees Pirritu come further into himself as a storyteller and healer through song, an ancient tradition and role that he proudly accepts.
Pirritu (meaning !Brett" in Ngiyampaa Language) was adopted by a non-Aboriginal couple as a newborn baby and raised to be proud of his Aboriginality, to follow his cultural journey and to connect back to family, culture and language - a journey he began when he was 14 years old. Two things drive his continual thirst to connect to his people, country, language and culture - his young daughter and his passion for music.
To deepen his understanding of his mother tongue, Pirritu volunteers with the Ngiyampaa Language Project to test materials being created for the purpose of updating the Ngiyampaa Grammar written by Tamisin Donaldson in the 1970"s.
Pirritu previously worked as Art Project Officer at The Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) and sits on the Board of Songlines, Victoria"s peak Aboriginal music body, a not-for-profit organisation which has supported Aboriginal musicians since 1996 by providing professional development programs, performance opportunities and administering a range of festivals and events. Pirritu spent some time in 2019 working with international touring project The HOMELANDS Tour, connecting with established and young First Nations artists on their Homelands, across oceans and out onto stages at festivals around Australia and Canada.
CONNECT WITH PIRRITU ONLINE: https://linktr.ee/pirritumusic
MELBOURNE Date Saturday, 29 April Venue The Wesley Anne Address 250 High St, Northcote VIC 3070 Phone contact 0413 778 727 Doors open 7:30PM Show time 9P Supports Bumpy, Rob Edwards Ticket price Presale $15, Door $20