Keynote Speaker

Uncle Joe Geia

Brisbane, Australia



Geia is a renowned singer/songwriter, guitarist, didgeridoo player and influential figure in the development of contemporary Indigenous music. He writes music of bravery and beauty, telling of Aboriginal life in Australia, of the quest for justice and belonging, of history, family and love.

Geia came to prominence with legendary band No Fixed Address, and was a founding member of The Black Arm Band featuring in the documentary Murundak: Songs of Freedom airing on SBS in 2011 to much acclaim. Many renowned musicians including Archie Roach, Paul Kelly, Shane Howard and Ross Hannaford have performed his songs. In particular, he is probably best known for his song Yil Lull. It has stood the test of time and travelled the world, in 2017 it was included on the NIMA Awards CD Then and Now. Even after more than 30 years it is always high on the playlists of Indigenous songs for festivals, radio and important dates (such as NAIDOC celebrations).

Joe Geia’s contribution to the arts is highly significant and enduring. As the writer of renowned songs such as Yil Lull and Uncle Willie he remains an active recording and performing artist sharing his Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture through music.

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