GANGgajang draws circles in the sand at Redland Bay

ULURU: Uluru was a fitting backdrop for the release of a new single by GANGgajang, coming to the Redland Bay Hotel on  Saturday, May 28.
ULURU: Uluru was a fitting backdrop for the release of a new single by GANGgajang, coming to the Redland Bay Hotel on Saturday, May 28.

Take the gang to the Redland Bay Hotel at 5pm on Saturday, May 28 to witness the culture that is GANGgajang.

Releasing its first single in more than 10 years, GANGgajang will perform  Circles in the Sand, a song said to dig deep into the red dirt and reconnect from its origins.

The music of GANGgajang is set against a backdrop of puerile politics, terror, asylum seekers and the continuing plight of the first Australians.  It is said to achieve what cultural music is meant to and that is to keep the land and its stories alive.

A breathtaking video was shot in front of majestic Uluru (with the permission of the traditional owners) by filmmaker Chris Tangey, and features singers Danielle Young and Indigenous icon Warren H Williams singing in Arente language. Circles In The Sand takes us back to where it all began, written to remind us of who we are and where we live. And in doing so it offers a glimpse of a different, more inclusive future.

The single features GANGgajang’s four original members Cal, Buzz, Geoff and Robbie along with bassist Peter Willersdorf.  For 30 years, this ‘informal body of friends’ has continued to work together, whilst also pursuing their myriad of separate interests: writing, recording and touring with other artists. These artists have included the reformed original Angels line-up, a resurfaced Riptides, Yothu Yindi, Jimmy Little, Jimmy Barnes, The Stetsons, Absent Friends, The Dukes and Wendy Matthews.

Beyond that GANGgajang’s activities continue, with Buzz as the CEO of Uncle Jimmy Thumbs up!, Cal as a board member of Support Act, Geoff as an artist and gallery owner  and Robbie as a key member of Scattered People. Chris Bailey (deceased April 2013) is carried forward to new chapters in the GANGgajang story.

GANGgajang will donate all proceeds from Circles in the Sand to Uncle Jimmy Thumbs up! (www.thumbsup.org.au).

Circles In The Sand (release date 7/3/16) features as a bonus track on the totally re-mastered debut album (released April 2016), before traveling on to find its place on the latest album due later this year.

The band will perform with Kristy Coote and Ethan Hill.  Entry is free.