A multi-award winning modern Australian rock icon, Adalita began as front person for seminal Australian indie rock group Magic Dirt. Magic Dirt was one of the most successful bands to explode out of Geelong in the 90s. She has toured internationally and now is a highly respected ARIA award-nominated solo artist. Adalita is an integral part of the Australian music scene, garnering a passionate and loyal following and countless accolades.
Barry James Gilson is a Wathaurung man.
A singer, poet and actor.
Barry specialises in bringing back the ancient words and language of his people the “Wathaurung".
Barry has been a lead singer in the Tanderrum ( Melbourne festival ) for the last five years ongoing.
Jeffrey Harwood moved from Sydney to Ocean Grove in 2013 to work at the Andrew Love Cancer Centre, University Hospital Geelong.
Born and bred in Geelong, Fatty Phew takes pride calling this place his home. He first started writing hiphop lyrics in 1996 as a natural progression from short stories and poems.
Born and raised in Pt Lonsdale, Tex Miller has been playing music in the region for more than 10 years. He has also been involved with a wide range of Geelong community projects including Queenscliff Music Festival, Pako Festa, FReeZA Youth Committee, Mens Day Out, Millions Paws Walk and Blues Boot Camp to name a few.
In 2007, Meme was engaged as Artistic Director of Connecting Identities to envisage the concept for a three year arts project that could address the issue of identity in a rapidly changing post-industrial Geelong. In consultation with traditional owners and Arts & Culture Department, Meme proposed Mountain to Mouth as an extreme arts walk creating a contemporary songline across Geelong. Meme directed the pilot, Mouth to Mountain, in 2009, and subsequently the multi-award winning M~M2014 and M~M2016.
Trem and his team, Lyrical Commission, have become one of the most reputable underground Hip Hop acts to emerge from Australia. Trem is the real deal. As well as a highly respected Hip Hop artist, Trem is also the director of Unkut Recordings record label. After spending his teen years in Geelong, Trem has recently moved back to the region.
Blues & Roots
Tim has been a professional musician for 35 years, playing his first ever gig at GPAC. Since then, Tim has become one the most respected and prolific Hammond Organ players in the country touring nationally and internationally sharing stages and studios with artists such as John Butler Trio, Xavier Rudd,
Kate Cebrano, Ross Wilson, Joss Stone, Dr John, James Taylor and many, many more. He is a producer and engineer and teaches many instruments and is a core team member of the Blues Boot Camp.
Esther Konings-Oakes completed her Masters of Art in Public Spaces at RMIT University. She has been an M~M District Co-ordinator since 2014 and was the Walking Circle Artist for Station 4 Moorpanyal Park that year.
Benjamin has combined a passion for sculptural form with a pragmatic rural sensibility throughout his 16-year international career producing civic sculptures in stainless steel, wood, stone and ice. As director of Agency of Sculpture, he consolidates a network of sculptors and craftspeople to harness natural forms into works of astounding beauty meeting the requirements of civic works of lasting significance.