Country-blues artist Harry Jakamarra to perform at the Prince of Wales Hotel on October 11

Ready for the stage: Harry Jakamarra and Elwood Gray will play at the Prince of Wales Hotel on Thursday, October 11. Photo: Thomas Munday.
Ready for the stage: Harry Jakamarra and Elwood Gray will play at the Prince of Wales Hotel on Thursday, October 11. Photo: Thomas Munday.

Between his last show at the Prince of Wales Hotel back in April and now, country-blues singer-songwriter Harry Jakamarra has been on an interesting journey. 

He and fellow artist Elwood Gray have been performing across Australia over the past few months, entertaining both fans and new listeners. 

Jakamarra’s year took an unexpected turn following the duo’s annual house concert in their home town of Broome.

It’s been really inspiring to keep moving forward and meeting new people, we feel really lucky.

Harry Jakamarra

They received a $2000 fine from the Shire of Broome, convincing them to lobby for more freedoms for the town’s music scene. 

“We met with the Shire president in Broome to try and get the council to change its policy on house concerts,” he said.

“We were lucky because that really brought up a lot of support for us in the community, it’s sort of an ongoing fight.” 

He and Gray have since returned to Bunbury for one night at the Prince of Wales on Thursday, October 11. 

“It’s been really inspiring to keep moving forward and meeting new people, we feel really lucky,” Jakamarra said. 

“We came through earlier this year as the Gray brothers and we had a great time.

“That was our band stuff, this time Elwood and I are playing more sombre music with a lot of old-time country numbers.

“We play a few covers that people know but we also perform a lot of older numbers from artists like Hank Williams and Gillian Welch.

“We also do our own stuff which is very much in the old country realm.”

The pair will soon head to Queensland to play at the Festival of Small Halls alongside Canadian duo Madison Violet. 

Queenscliffe Music Festival will then draw the curtain on Jakamarra and Gray’s run of shows in 2018. 

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