Family Shoveller Band

The Australian Government and Regional Arts WA are pleased to bring the Family Shoveller Band to Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands this March and April.

Hailing from the remote community of Bidyadanga, south of Broome, the Family Shoveller Band were introduced to music at a young age and taught by their father Frankie Shoveller. The three brothers play a fusion of reggae, pop, rock and contemporary music, with Francis Shoveller on drums, Billy-Jo Shoveller on guitar and lead vocals and Jordan Wright on bass. Singing in both language and English, their music tells stories about Karajarri culture and the Family Shoveller Band way of living.

Family Shoveller Band’s debut, Brother, received widespread airplay across the indigenous radio networks following its release in 2011. In 2016 they recorded their second album – Feel So Free. With a wealth of touring and performance experience, including Nannup Music Festival, 2019’s State Of The Art – Celebrate WA, and plenty of sold-out regional shows, these fellas are sure to get the audience up and dancing.

Show dates and times:

Thursday 26 March – Christmas Island
1pm, Christmas Island DHS
Locally presented by Arts and Culture Christmas Island

Friday 27 March – Christmas Island
7pm, Police Padang
Locally presented by Arts and Culture Christmas Island

Monday 6 April – Cocos (Keeling) Islands
10.30am and 2pm, Cyclone Shelter Hall
Locally presented by Shire of Cocos Keeling Islands
Email Isa Minkom ([email protected]) for more info.