Musicians shared their stories through their music

Musicians Mike Haynes, Dave Branton, Nancy Bates and Glenn Skuthorpe (at front) performed at the Cobar Bowling & Golf Club on Wednesday night.

Musicians Nancy Bates and Glenn Skuthorpe were in Cobar last week as part of their Heading Home Tour.

The pair have been performing at a string of national festivals and international tours sharing their collective stories of growing up in remote NSW and walking between two worlds.

A free concert at the Cobar Bowling & Golf Club last Wednesday night was one of the venues on their Heading Home Tour.

Nancy, a proud Barkindji woman, spoke with The Cobar Weekly after the show and said she had been looking forward to coming to Cobar as part of this tour.

“My grandmother was born in Cobar, Binki Harris.”

The first song she performed on the night was dedicated to the Ngiyampaa people.

Considered one of the best singer/songwriters in Australia today by national treasure Archie Roach, Nancy’s upcoming album ‘For Your Love’ is a highly anticipated Australian release. (Nancy toured with Archie Roach for four years as a backing vocalist and guitarist and released her first album in 2017.)

Glenn, a Nhunggabarra, Kooma, Muruwari man, has also worked alongside Archie Roach and other big names in music.

His remarkable six albums have earned him recognition within the music industry and his enthralling live performances continue to engage audiences worldwide.

His 7th album is to be released later this year.

In addition to working as a composer of soundtracks and movie documentaries, Glenn is also the founder of First Nations Voices, an initiative which supports emerging indigenous artists.