Renowned Indigenous Australian soul singer and powerhouse vocalist Emma Donovan and critically-acclaimed rhythm combo The Putbacks are defining a new flavor in the feast of Australian music. Where else in Montana will you see them, but at The Myrna Loy?
Emma Donovan and the Putbacks burst onstage in 2014 with music that is optimistic, impassioned, and bruisingly honest. “A tour de force of funk and soul hailing from the land down under” – Pop Matters
Sharing traditional Indigenous language and storytelling is important to Emma Donovan & The Putbacks. They will perform music from their critically acclaimed 2020 album, “Crossover,” which unveils new ways to tell these stories as a way for audiences to learn and discover a part of Australia’s history. On Stage, Emma tells her stories, explaining the lyrics of songs sung in the Gumbaynggirr (pronounced goom-bang-GEAR) language. Their performance is both moving, sensationally beautiful, and also helps us all learn more about this Indigenous culture so far away from Montana.
This engagement of Emma Donovan & The Putbacks is made possible in part through the Performing Arts Global Exchange program of Mid Atlantic Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts with assistance from the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and the Embassy of Australia in Washington, D.C.