Pioneering Indigenous performer Bart Willoughby first came to prominence in the late 70’s in the band No Fixed Address. Born on the Koonibba Mission in Ceduna, South Australia, a Pitantjatjara man of the Kuthatha tribe on his father’s side, and Mirning through his mother. Known for singing from behind his kit in No Fixed Address they were the first Indigenous band to tour internationally and sign a record deal, appearing in the ground breaking Doco-Drama Wrong Side of the Road in 1981. For a time he joined his cousin Bunna Lawrie in Coloured Stone until forming Mixed Relations in the 90’s. In 1993 Willoughby recieved the Inaugural Aria Life Time Achievement Award for his contribution to Indigenous Music.
Willoughby has continued to travel internationally and nationally promoting his music and culture with The Black Arm Band, performing at London’s Barbican Theatre providing music for the Malthouse Theatres production of The Shadow King. He performs both as a solo artist and as band leader of The Bart Willoughby Band. In 2013 he released an Album We Still Live, recorded on the Melbourne Town Hall Organ, the first Indigenous artist to do so, and in 2014 receiving the Australia Council Fellowship to tour the album. In 2016 Willoughby along with the original line-up of No Fixed Address were inducted into the South Australian Music Hall of Fame. In May 2016 he recorded in The Bungle Bungles with Stephen Pigram, releasing the Album Resonance in 2017.
Bart is a guest artist at the Bendigo and Melbourne concerts.