Guitar brilliance and incandescent vocals. These exceptional performers connect and capture audiences through the power of song. And it’s made even more special when it’s sung in rare Noongar language. Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse have dazzled audiences all over the world, bringing a fresh, modern take on ancient traditions; merging evocative sounds, natural acoustic instruments, poignant stories with that incredible, beautiful voice.
“Williams and Ghouse excel in writing songs that instantly feel familiar, despite being sung in an unfamiliar language. Williams is out to change that. Only 400 people speak Noongar fluently, and she told the audience of her passionate plea for us all to learn five Noongar words – #fivewords.” – Bourby Webster, Seesaw Magazine
Gina is a Balladong daughter; one of the 14 clan groups which make up the Noongar nation, covering the south west corner of Western Australia. By official records, Noongar language is critically endangered (there are less than 400 recognised fluent speakers left). Her mother and grandmother, both part of the Stolen Generations were never allowed to speak their languages. Gina wasn’t stolen, but was relinquished as a baby for adoption.
Telling her story and singing these beautifully crafted songs in language is deeply personal. And their stars just keep rising. Since 2021 they have released three major works; Koort for the Festival of Perth, Koorlangka: Reimagined for the inaugural Perth International Cabaret Festival and Koolbardi wer Wardong for a sell out season for the West Australian Opera.
They also published a book and were part of the pre-game entertainment for the 2021 AFL Grand Final. Currently they are working on the third instalment of their Kalyakoorl song cycle. Moort will be released at the end of 2023. In 2024 they will premier their next major work, Wundig wer Wilura, commissioned by the West Australian Opera.
Performing with the all-important blessings of Gina’s elders and her community, this duo will leave you breathless!