Sand Tracks 2017 – Lonely Boys and Irrunytju Band

Sand Tracks 2017 – Lonely Boys and Irrunytju Band

Regional Arts WA

Loney Boys. Photo courtesy of Skinnyfish Music

Regional Arts WA

Irrunytju Band. Photo courtesy of NG Media

In it’s ninth year on the road, Sand Tracks was excited to announce the incredible punk rockers, Lonely Boys, would headline the tour, alongside the rapidly rising starts that are the Irrunytju band.

Lonley Boys are from the remote Arnhemland community of Ngukurr, 700km south east of Darwin. They are a six-piece guitar inspired punk rock band who have been playing in local and surrounding communities for more than 10 years, in which time they’ve racked up thousands of adoring fans at Indigenous community festivals. They also scored Best Rock Song at the NT Song of the Year Awards for Murray Island in 2016, and Drop it Down Girl in 2017.

Irrunytju Band open their Sand Tracks tour in Alice Springs with Bush Bands Bash. Picture by Jon Solmundson.

Irrunytju Band (formerly known as Alunytjuru Band) are from Wingellina (Irrunytju) Community, located just 10kms from the tri-state border. They convey messages of country, people and loved ones, social issues and tales from the road through their Pitjantjatjara language lyrics. Already a household name throughout the Ngaanyatjarra Lands, Irrunytju Band put out the ‘Titji Kutju’ (One Kid) last year and now hope to take their message and music out to broader audiences and gain opportunities to showcase their incredible talents beyond their traditional lands.

The 2017 Sand Tracks tour reached an unprecedented audience of 5,100 people. The trail covered 3 regions and 6 communities on the 7,601km journey and delivered 10 workshops to 240 participants, employing 13 artists and 4 artsworkers.

“[Sand Tracks] is an awesome program that enables remote bands to tour and share their music where it would otherwise not be a possibility.”

– Skinnyfish Music, Lonely Boys Managers

For more details and photos from the tour you can see the full story here.

Sand Tracks is presented by Country Arts WA and Act-Belong-Commit.


Bush Bands Bash Alice Springs, Telegraph Station, Stuart, Northern Territory, Australia

Sep 10, 2017 Sunset    

Amata Basketball Court Amata, South Australia, Australia

Sep 14, 2017 Sunset    

Irrunytju (Wingellina) Community Hall Wingellina Community, Ngaanyatjarra-Giles, Western Australia, Australia

Sep 16, 2017 Sunset    

Mirlirrtjarra (Warburton) Oval Warburton Community, Warburton, Western Australia, Australia

Sep 19, 2017 Sunset    

Warakurna Community Hall Warakurna Community, Ngaanyatjarra-Giles, Western Australia, Australia

Sep 21, 2017 Sunset    

Kiwirrkurra Community Hall Kiwirrkurra Community, Gibson Desert North, Western Australia, Australia

Sep 23, 2017 Sunset    
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