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Mama Kin forms new homegrown band

ARIA Nominee and WAMAward winning artist Danielle Caruana, also known as Mama Kin, has formed a new ‘homegrown’ band for her upcoming Homegrown@HEART performance on Friday 23 July.

A multi-instrumentalist who thrives on strength in vulnerability, the Wooditchup Bilya local has taken the opportunity to celebrate and showcase many talented members of the community.

Ms Caruana said the Homegrown Music Program, which was developed during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, has been a silver lining and encouraged the community to look closely at what we already have in this town.

“I will be joined on stage by wonderful guitarist, vocalist and gifted songwriter Albert Gray, and in my backing vocal section I am incredibly honoured to be joined by the wonderful Tilly Kelleher and my daughter Banjo Lucia, both wonderful lead vocalists and writers,” Ms Caruana said.

“As a special treat, we will also be joined for a couple of songs by local choir The Chorale Sea, led by local songbird Michelle Spriggs.

“We have internationally renowned artists right here in our backyard and I am very excited to celebrate the new ensemble with a homegrown audience. It will be a local celebration night to remember.”

With a reputation for playful live performances centred around story and song, Ms Caruana will be hosting two free music workshops for both musicians and non-musicians aged 12 years and older.

“These workshops are an opportunity to drill down into and share some of the tools I have gathered as a songwriter over the years.

“I really love sharing this knowledge as it re inspires me when I see people get access to their own particular writing joy.”

Mama Kin will be joined on stage for a night of storytelling and songs with the alluring folk duo Moon & Honey and Culture Holder and Storyteller Zac Webb. Emerging artist Maya Ixchell will provide foyer entertainment for the evening.

To secure a Homegrown@HEART ticket, please visit or call the Box Office on 9780 5294 between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Photograph credit: Jarrad Seng