Saturday 15 June 2019  |  7:30PM


* Emma Donovan replaces Ursula Yovich, who has withdrawn from this performance due to vocal exhaustion. Please see below the full explanation from Iain Grandage. If you purchased tickets for Ursula Yovich, they will remain valid for this performance, and no action is required. If you would prefer a full refund, please contact our office on (08) 8227 1277 during office hours (9am–5pm Monday–Friday), or send us an email at info@ukaria.com and we'll contact you.

‘It is with excitement and a tinge of sadness that I share with you some news about the next concert in UKARIA’s Women of Song series. My sadness is that, due to vocal exhaustion, Ursula Yovich has had to withdraw from the concert on Saturday 15 June. If any of you have been lucky enough to see Ursula in her hit show Barbara and the Camp Dogs, it’ll come as no surprise that she’s fatigued. Delivering that extraordinary performance eight times a week is enough to sap anyone of their superhuman powers. I’m sure you’ll join me in wishing her the speediest of recoveries.

My excitement lies in the fact that dear friend and honey-voiced magician Emma Donovan will be treading the boards of UKARIA on the 15th of June. I met Emma many years ago when she was singing alongside Ursula in the Black Arm Band, and we have been wonderful friends and collaborators ever since. We’ll be joined by Mick Meagher on bass, who has been working with Emma for many years, most recently in The Putbacks – their rather miraculous soul band. Those who attended Genevieve Lacey’s Chamber Landscapes program for the Adelaide Festival 2019 will also be familiar with Emma’s magnetic stage presence and voice of burnished gold. We so hope you can join us in just a few short weeks.’

Iain Grandage
Curator, Women of Song

Emma Donovan is an acclaimed Indigenous Australian singer and songwriter best known for her work with soul band The Putbacks and the Black Arm Band project. She has also toured and recorded with Archie Roach and Ruby Hunter, Spinifex Gum, Christine Anu, Yothu Yindi, Jimmy Little and Paul Kelly, among others. On her mother’s side, Emma is part of the famed Donovan family of singers of the Gumbainggir people of what is now Northern New South Wales. On her father’s side, Emma is of the Yamatji people of what is now Western Australia.

Whilst we share Iain’s disappointment that Ursula Yovich can’t be with us, we are thrilled to have been able to secure a similarly captivating Indigenous artist to replace her.

Emma Donovan | vocals
Iain Grandage | cello / piano
Mick Meagher | bass

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