Songlines proudly presented the end of a week of celebrations a special NAIDOC Show - Get up, Stand up, Show up & Shake a leg including a special tribute to legendary guitar player, songwriter and community advocate, Selwyn Burns.
Uncle Selwyn was lead guitarist in No Fixed Address from 1983. It was here, and later in Coloured Stone, he co-wrote some of the classics of Aboriginal rock music. Selwyn settled down in the mid-Eighties to raise his family of five boys and two girls (his sons Tjimba and Narjic currently perform as Yung Warriors, and his daughters are painting like their mother, the renowned painter Gabriella Possum). Coloured Stone, No Fixed Address, Mixed Relations, Blackfire all included Selwyn in there lineup. His dynamic style influenced not just these iconic bands but many today.
A large crowd attended Fairfax Theatre at Art Centre Melbourne to celebrate and acknowledge Uncle Selwyn. The lineup for the night included a Welcome to Country by Aunty Zeta Thomson followed renowed artists, SojuGang, Yung Warriors, Bart Willoughby, Alice Skye, David Arden and special guest Grant Hansen from Blackfire plus video tributes were played on the night one from Kutcha Edwards.
It was a night to remember, and the crowd showed there appreciation with a standing ovation for Selwyn as he was presented with a possum cloak and an collection of albums and images over the years.
This event was Proudly supported by The City of Melbourne, The Arts Centre Melbourne and Creative Victoria, Songlines and 3KND.