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Energetic, upbeat and haunting are usually the way JARRAH's music is described. Founded by singer songwriter Gavin Somers seven years ago, JARRAH's contemporary Koori music is a positive sharing of culture, love and life through music and song. Over the last few years Gavin has won 8 songwriting awards for his works and is gaining recognition country wide for his vocal and songwriting ability.

Since their early beginnings JARRAH have supported well known artists such as Archie Roach, Tiddas, Midnight Oil & Paul Kelly. They have experience performing at intimate, community or corporate events all around Victoria and are versatile as either a full 5 piece band or as an acoustic trio. Some of the events JARRAH have performed at include:

* St Kilda Festival
* Brunswick St Festival
* The Melbourne Show
* NAIDOC
* Sorry Day

* The Port Fairy Folk Festival

* Tarerer festival, Warrnambool
* Melbourne Moomba Festival

JARRAH released their self titled debut CD in 1997. It was recorded at Motherload studios, Warrnambool, under the watchful eye of Engineer Tony Peel. The album took 12 months to make and was made possible by the support of the Australian Arts Council under a Music Development Grant - Jarrah was one of only eight bands from around Australia to secure such a grant in that particular year.

Since the release of their first album Gavin Somers and JARRAH have received regular airplay on Indigenous Radio across the nation. They have also performed live on air at Triple J, 3KND, 3CR, 3AW and 4AAA Murri Radio - Qld.

JARRAH is now based in Melbourne but it's Indigenous roots for musicians Gavin Somers and Lee Morgan are Cherbourg Queensland and Framlingham Victoria respectively.

The current band line up:

David Beaton - Bass, Gavin Somers - Vocals & Guitar, Michael Davis - Drums,
Lee Morgan - Lead Guitar & Backing Vocals,
Simon McCullah - Backing Vocals

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