The curious tale of Harry Jakamarra...
Harry Jakamarra forged his song writing, banjo and guitar skills in settings as diverse as the desert sands north of Timbuktu, the choked back streets of Varanasi on the Ganges River, and the uninhabited reaches of the Great Sandy Desert in WA.
Growing up in Broome, WA Harry was inspired to begin playing the guitar after seeing the Warumpi band perform. Soon after he picked up the 5-string banjo and became a regular at local venues. Harry also developed a fascination with Indian Classical slide-guitar and throughout his teens travelled to India to formally study with the gurus of Hindustani slide.
Back at home in the Kimberley he was rapidly becoming a local favorite as well as garnering the esteem of touring artists. He's shared the stage with John Butler, Missy Higgins and supported artists such as Paul Kelly and The Waifs.
His inspirations to him to Mali, in North Africa, to seek out the origins of the ‘Claw hammer’ Banjo style. Mali was in a state of civil turmoil at this time due to a major Tuareg uprising. Harry travelled to Timbuktu to be mesmerized by artists such as Tinariwen and Vieux Farka Toure at the mysterious ‘Festival au Desert’. Gun battles raged nearby between Tuareg rebels and the Malian military and at the end of the festival Harry narrowly escaped with his life.
At 23 years old Harry has already had a lifetime of interesting adventures. His captivating stories manifest in dark, emotionally charged songs. His powerful poetry, original voice and raw, intricate banjo and guitar sounds are exquisitely framed in his latest recording. The sparse nature of the production makes the strength and maturity of Harry’s songs very clear.
"Harry Jakamarra has great storytelling, a commanding singing voice and he can pick a guitar or a banjo like the Devil is on his tail."
- Jeff Lang
Major Tom’s, Kyneton - 6th May
The Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood - 9th May
with Baby Blue
Del Tauro House Concert, Jan Juc - 13th May
The Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood - 16th May
with Gena Rose Bruce
The Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood - 23rd May
with Rowena Wise
The Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood - 30th May
with Brooke Russell
the latest tales from the campfire...
NEW EP COMING 2017
the making of..
Jeff Lang as engineer/producer was a perfect match, joining Harry in the studio to create some magic. 2017 is set to bring some well deserved attention as Harry gears up to launch a stack of classic new material. With guest vocals from Liz Stringer, double bass by Ben Franz (The Waifs) and tasteful drumming by Harry’s brother Albert these songs will have a lasting effect.