Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse
Guitar brilliance and incandescent vocals. These exceptional performers connect and capture audiences all over the world through the power of song. And it’s made even more special when it’s sung in rare Noongar language.
Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse bring a fresh, modern take on ancient traditions; merging evocative sounds, natural acoustic instruments, poignant stories with that incredible, beautiful voice.
Gina is a Balladong (Noongar) daughter, covering the south west corner of Western Australia. She also has connection to the Kija people of the East Kimberley through her grandmother’s line.
By official records, Noongar language is critically endangered, with only a few speakers left.
As well as four albums, they have released three major works; Koort for the Festival of Perth, Koorlangka: Reimagined for the inaugural Perth International Cabaret Festival and Koolbardi wer Wardong for a sell-out season for the West Australian Opera.
Currently they are working on the third instalment of their Kalyakoorl song cycle, Moort, to be released at the end of 2023. In 2024 they will premier their next major work, Wundig wer Wilura, commissioned by the West Australian Opera.
Performing with the all-important blessings of Gina’s elders and her community, this duo will leave you breathless!
In 2009, Gina wrote a simple little song incorporating the elements of a welcome to country. Wanjoo = Welcome. Wanjoo workshops cover the importance of keeping Noongar language and culture alive as well as all first nations languages and culture. Gina and Guy share this song with participants who can translate this into the language of the land they are on and then gift the song to them.