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Ron has an international reputation as a didgeridoo soloist, having performed widely in Australia, and also in New York, Jordan, Canada and New Zealand. He also performs as part of the Celtic-Indigenous fusion duo, Kinja with fiddler/vocalist Sarah James.
“He is one of Victoria’s most respected players”. (The Age, Larry Schwartz, October 2nd 2008, “Didgeridoo Dreaming”, page 15).
As a soloist, Ron is often asked to perform didgeridoo at the openings of conferences and major events, and at dinner events.
As the duo Kinja, Ron and Sarah perform at dinner events, arts festivals and in schools. Kinja features didgeridoo, violin and vocals and blends the sounds of Aboriginal and Celtic Australia, in an Australian folk setting. As Kinja is often experienced by audiences as an expression of reconciliation, events which promote cultural diversity, reconciliation and harmony are often settings for Kinja. Schools book Kinja in a context of music as reconciliation/education, where Ron’s school workshops are augmented with the greater music focus that Kinja brings.
Ron’s Indigenous Awareness workshops with school teachers offer an opportunity for teachers to gain insight into Australia’s Indigenous culture, history and contemporary issues through personal narrative. In particular, Ron’s training gives teachers the opportunity to learn from Ron how to engage better with Indigenous students, and to learn new skills in teaching units on Indigenous […]
Ron’s Indigenous Awareness workshops offer an opportunity to gain insight into Australia’s Indigenous culture, history and contemporary issues through personal narrative. His aim is to raise awareness about Indigenous culture and facilitate understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Ron’s cultural awareness sessions aim to challenge participants’ perceptions of Indigenous Australians and to create a context […]
In his sessions with secondary students, Ron is often asked to speak with students about Aboriginal history, the environment and themes of Australian identity. Ron is passionate about Indigenous history of South Eastern Australia, and has a wide knowledge of the treatment of Indigenous peoples and the government policies under which they lived. Ron brings […]
Ron’s primary school workshops have an interactive approach, allowing students to experience Aboriginal culture, with a focus on music, storytelling and Indigenous history. As a didgeridoo musician, Ron begins each session by playing didgeridoo as a traditional welcome, and then talks about how he makes his didgeridoos, raises some of the cultural issues around didgeridoo […]