About

Kutcha Edwards has been prolifically combining songwriting and activism since 1991, when he joined Koori group Watbalimba and began the remarkable journey that has taken him from the tiny Riverina town of Balranald to tours of Australia and the world. It is his experiences as a member of the Stolen Generations and his proud Mutti Mutti heritage that has shaped his diverse creative output in groups like Blackfire and the Black Arm Band. At the same time he's also been able to forge a successful solo career combining his ‘Bidgee’ blues with traditional songs of people and country. Beginning in 2002 with his friends Paul Kelly and Paul Hester (Crowded House) he created his first solo album, Cooinda. In 2007, he released his second solo CD titled Hope, co-produced with Richard Pleasance. Inspired by the Songlines told on the albums, Kutcha wrote, produced and performed his first theatre-based and VIPA award winning show, Songlines of a Mutti Mutti Man, to houses at the George Fairfax Studio. Kutcha created a one man version of his story called yuyukatha and toured it throughout Victoria. He has since produced two further solo albums blak n blu and Beneath the Surface. 
Kutcha says music chose him and the same can be said for his work in radio and prisons. He has produced Beyond the Bars Live Prison Radio broadcasts with 3CR in Fitzroy for the last 20 years. The broadcast received a Human Rights award for the work of giving voice to the voiceless. 
More recently, Kutcha created and premiered a successful Screen Australia web series Kutcha’s Carpool Koorioki at Yirramboi Arts Festival 2019, with more episodes planned in 2020. Joining Kutcha in the car in Series 1 are artists Archie Roach, Dan Sultan, Alice Skye, Bart Willoughby, Bunna Lawrie, Emily Wurramara plus Elaine Crombie and local legend and regular passenger Uncle Jack Charles. 
Kutcha uses music to create connections across cultures, generations, and spaces. With an innate ability to communicate, he uses his unique, diverse talents to nurture understanding and self-knowledge amongst all those with whom he has contact. Kutcha is a songman, not simply a songwriter. He draws on a profound sense of all those who have gone before him on this land, along with his own life experiences, to help his audiences understand themselves, reconnect with their culture and promote cultural understanding. 
His music touches the soul and through his humour and insights we realise that with recognition of the true Aboriginal history, there can be hope of reconciliation.

Original Recordings

2021 CIRCLING TIME – Album produced by Andy Stewart ( Goyte)
2021 SINGING UP COUNTRY - Single produced by Andy Stewart
2021 WE SING – Single produced by Andy Stewart
2002 COOINDA Produced by Paul Hester, Paul Kelly, David Bridie 
2007 HOPE Produced by Richard Pleasance 
2010 yuyukatha Produced by Kutcha Edwards 
2012 BLAK & BLU Produced by Craig Pilkington 
2016 Beneath the Surface Produced by Brendan Gallagher

Honours & Awards

2021 Australia Council Fellowship 
2017 Multicultural Arts Victoria – Outstanding Contribution to World Music 
2016   Melbourne Prize for Music 
2016   Distinguished Musician Fellowship – Victorian College of the Arts & Melbourne Conservatorium 
2016   Induction in to the NIMA Hall of Fame 
2015   Induction on to the Victorian Aboriginal Honour Roll 
2007   VIPA Award - Songlines of a Mutti Mutti Man (Victorian Indigenous Performing Arts Award) 
2001   National Indigenous Person Award 
2001   Deadly Award - Best Male Artist

Performances (Selected)

2022 WOMADelaide 
2022 Port Fairy Folk Festival – Artist of the Year 
2022 The Riverboats Festival 
2021 Brunswick Music Festival 
2021 Inverloch Sounds of Summer Festival 
2021 Archies Creek – The Caravan Club 
2021 Port Fairy Folk Festival – Concert Session Series 
2020   Cygnet Folk Festival - Tasmania 
2020   Share the Spirit Festival - Melbourne 
2020   Two Worlds Festival - Melbourne 
2019/2021 Yirramboi Festival 
2019   Connecting Places Tour of Victoria & Tasmania 
2019   Bruthen Blues Festival 
2019   Ventana Festival - Frankston Arts Centre 
2019   City of Monash - Winter Concert Series 
2008/2014/2019  Yabun, Sydney Survival Day 
2018   Brunswick Music Festival – Sydney Road Street Party 
2018   Songs for Reconciliation Concert – Federation Square, Melb 
2018   This Place Project – City of Darebin 
2017   Wominjeka Festival 
2017   Red Dusty Road Concert with Coloured Stone 
2017   Newstead Live Festival 

2017   Return to Country Concert – Mungo Man  
2017   Melbourne Music Week Launch  
2009/2015/2017   National Folk Festival, Canberra  
2004/2009/2017   Port Fairy Folk Festival  
2016   Blue Mountains, Illawarra  
2016   Mordialloc Blues Music Festivals  
2015   Alice Desert Festival  
2013/2015   Darwin Festival, NIMA Awards  
2014   Garma Festival  
2008/2014   WOMADelaide, Adelaide Botanical Gardens  
2006/2014   Dreamtime at the G, MCG, Melbourne  
2005/2014   Black Harmony Day, Melbourne  
2013   Canberra Centenary  
2008/2012   Australasian World Music Expo  
2010  The Dreaming Festival  
2010  Brunswick Music Festival  
2009   Sydney Peace Prize, Sydney Opera House  
2009   Rockwiz Salutes to Bowl, at Myer Music Bowl  
2009   Shinju Matsuri Festival, Broome  
2007/2009   Castlemaine State Festival  
2006   Lake Mungo Festival, Lake Mungo NSW  
2006   Commonwealth Games, Melbourne

Concerts/Tours/Collaborations

2022 RocKwiz Tour 
2020   We Sing' - Collaboration with approx 100 Voices Online Choir 
2019-2022   Kutcha's Koorioke – Web Series 1 & 2 
2019&2022 An Evening with Uncle Jack Charles - Theatre 
2019   Phillip Island Literary Festival 
2018   Maroondah Project – Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place - Song Writing & Singing Workshops with Elder's Choir, Hip Hop Group & Secondary School Students 
2017   Ulumburra – Wontok Music for Castlemaine State Festival 
2016   Gather Together – Produced by David Bridie at Ulumburra Theatre 
2016   Wheeler Centre for Blak & Brite - the Melbourne Indigenous Writer’s Festival  Stories Behind the Songs 

2009-2016   Beyond Empathy – Song writing tutorials for disengaged remote/regional youth  
2015   Victorian Arts Centre Trust, Dig Deep  
2012,14 &15   Australasian World Music Festival (AWME)  
2013-2015   KAGE – Team of Life – Local, Regional and Interstate  
2013-2015   Blak Cabaret – Local, Regional and Interstate Touring  
2002-2015   Victorian College of the Arts, Master Classes  
2011/2012   Victorian Arts Centre Trust - Big Notes Concerts  
2011   Nukkan Ya Ruby - Sydney Festival & Melbourne MOOMBA  
2009   Black Arm Band - Dirtsong  
2008   Black Arm Band - Hidden Republic  
2008   Many Roads, One Voice Project, Alice Desert Festival  
2007   Black Arm Band - Murundak  
1998   Blackfire Culture Tour of China, Mexico and Japan

Musical Theatre

2021/2022 ‘Circling Time – Songs & Stories’ –Touring Show 
2019/2020 ‘The Kutcha Edwards Hour’ – Regional Arts Victoria, Connecting Places Tour 
2014/2015   ‘Blak Cabaret’ 
2014/2015   ‘Inside Outside' - Tour of Regional Victorian Towns & Prisons 
2014   ‘KAGE Team of Life’ – season at The Malthouse Theatre 
2010   ‘yuyukatha’ - Regional Victoria Tour 
2010   ‘yuyukatha’ - The Dreaming Festival 
2010   ‘yuyukatha’ - Spiegletent, Melbourne 
2008   ‘Songlines of a Mutti Mutti Man’, North Melbourne Town Hall 
2007   ‘Songlines of a Mutti Mutti Man’, George Fairfax Theatre

TELEVISION

ABC ICAM - ABC TV Feature story 
SBS - Rockwiz 
NITV - Songlines in the City