Declan Kelly and the Dieseln’Dub crew were recently honoured to be invited to headline the Mahbilil Festival in Jabiru, Arnhem Land in Australia’s far north. A community festival on the shores of Jabiru Lakeside, the event celebrates Kakadu culture with performance by local artists, this year featuring KK Band, Minjilang Konnection and Psycus Circus, as well as traditional dance, food and country atmosphere. For Declan it was a DnD highlight …”I was totally honoured to be invited let alone headline this great festival. In the heart of Kakadu, this is up there with one of the most unique festivals with its locations and focus on traditions of the custodians of the surrounding region extremely rich in culture and songlines.” To…
Dieseln’Dub made a breathtaking impact when they hit the Mojo stage for their Bluesfest debut, proudly wearing shirts emblazoned with the protest “STOP The Forced Closures of Remote Aboriginal Communities” in solidarity with over 150 communities across Western Australia in danger of being shut down by the Australian Federal and WA State Governments. Deemed as “unviable” by the Premier of WA Colin Barnett and dismissed as “lifestyle choices” by the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, the communities have called out for support from the wider population to recognise their connection to country and the lands that have been home to their ancestors for tens of thousands of years. Heeding this plea, Declan Kelly and the Dieseln’Dub band and special guests…
Declan Kelly & Dieseln’Dub soaked up the positive vibes and beautiful spirit of the 8th annual Spirit Festival Adelaide on Sunday 15 March 2015, featuring vocalists Emma Donovan, Gambirra, Katie Noonan, Tony Hughes and Pat Powell.
“In Diesel n’Dub, sought-after Australian musician and producer Declan Kelly has created possibly one of the most outstanding and important musical projects Australia has seen.” (Bluesfest website) Declan Kelly is thrilled to be announced in the latest round up of artists to perform at this year’s Bluesfest joining in the ranks alongside some of music’s biggest names at the moment – Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, The Black Keys, Jimmy Cliff, Counting Crows, Paul Kelly and too many others to mention.
Declan Kelly officially launches the music video for Dieseln’Dub’s reggae-dub version of the monster Midnight Oil hit Beds are Burning. Featuring Frank Yamma and Pat Powell on vocals, Beds are Burning is the second single to be released from Kelly’s recently launched album Diesel n’Dub, a stunning compilation of Midnight Oil hits reinvented in the dub-reggae style.
After their now legendary live debut at Australia’s premiere Indigenous event Garma Gathering last month, peaking with a performance on ABC Q&A program broadcast live across the country, Declan Kelly’s massive Diesel n’Dub juggernaut hits the road to launch the just released CD. With the assistance of a Presentation and Promotion grant awarded by the Australia Council for the Arts Kelly takes the live show along the East Coast in October/November.
After a stunning live debut at Garma Gathering, peaking with a performance on ABC Q&A program, the full Diesel n’Dub album was released on 5th September by Diaspora Music in recognition of National Indigenous Literacy Day. It’s been a dream run for Declan, a highly respected Sydney musician and producer who hatched the idea a couple of years ago of reinventing some of Australia’s most powerful protest songs into dub-reggae anthems.
In huge news just in, the Diesel n’Dub project has been successful in obtaining a grant for the Presentation and Promotion of the new album by the Australia Council for the Arts. Diesel n’Dub join a field of artists in the Performance and Touring Categories to present the project live on tour.
Diesel n’Dub’s live debut at Australia’s premier Indigenous cultural event, Garma Festival sparked intense media interest resulting in an invitation to perform a closing song for the live broadcast of ABC’s Q&A program beaming live across the nation from the festival site.