Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse have a long friendship and musical relationship with Archie Roach, having toured extensively across the country with him. And Gina has just been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Archie Roach Foundation.
Archie calls Gina: “One of the most generous and honest artist he knows, and says Guy’s guitar playing is complex, yet not overpowering, embellishing songs and making their performances a wonderful and enlightening experiences.”
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 firmly established a reputation for bringing a fresh, modern take on ancient traditions; merging evocative sounds, natural acoustic instruments, poignant stories with that incredible, beautiful voice. The natural rhythms of the language are perfectly captured and represented, and there’s an onstage connection and charisma that comes from two good friends who simply won’t quit.
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.
2021 was a stellar year for this duo, releasing 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.
Performing with the all-important blessings of her elders and her community, this Balladong songbird will leave you breathless!