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

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

Solo Performances (Selected)

2002 Music Festivals: Apollo Bay, Tararer 
2003 Yirpirinya Festival, Alice Springs 
2004/2009/2017 Port Fairy Folk Festival 
2005/2014 Black Harmony Day, Melbourne 
2006 Lake Mungo Festival, Lake Mungo NSW 
2006 Commonwealth Games, Melbourne 
2006/2014 Dreamtime at the G, MCG, Melbourne 
2007/2009 Castlemaine State Festival 
2008/2012 Australasian World Music Expo 
2008/2014 Yabun, Sydney Survival Day 
2008/2014 WOMADelaide, Adelaide Botanical Gardens 
2009 Sydney Peace Prize, Sydney Opera House 
2009 Rockwiz Salutes to Bowl, at Myer Music Bowl 
2009/2015/2017 National Folk Festival, Canberra 
2009 Shinju Matsuri Festival, Broome 
2013/2015 Darwin Festival, NIMA Awards  
2013 Canberra Centenary 

2014 Garma Festival 
2015 Alice Desert Festival 
2016 Blue Mountains, Illawarra 
2016 Mordialloc Blues Music Festivals 
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 
2018 Brunswick Music Festival – Sydney Road Street Party 
2018 Songs for Reconciliation Concert – Federation Square, Melb 
2018 This Place Project – City of Darebin 
2019 Connecting Places Tour of Victoria & Tasmania 
2019 Bruthen Blues Festival 
2019 Ventana Festival - Frankston Arts Centre 
2019 City of Monash - Winter Concert Series

Musical Theatre

2007 ‘Songlines of a Mutti Mutti Man’, George Fairfax Theatre 
2008 ‘Songlines of a Mutti Mutti Man’, North Melbourne Town Hall 
2010 ‘yuyukatha’ Regional Victoria Tour 
The Dreaming Festival 
Spiegletent, Melbourne 
2014 KAGE Team of Life 
2014/2015 Blak Cabaret 
2014/2015 INSIDE OUTSIDE PRISON TOUR Regional Victoria Towns & Prisons

Concerts/Tours/Collaborations

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

2009-2016 Beyond Empathy – Song writing tutorials for disengaged  
remote/regional youth.  
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  
2017 Ulumburra – Wontok Music for Castlemaine State Festival  
2018 Maroondah Project – Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering  
Place – Song Writing & Singing Workshops with Choir  
Elders, Hip Hop Artists and secondary school students.  
2019 Kutcha's Carpool Koorioke  
An Evening with Uncle Jack Charles  
Phillip Island Literary Festival

TELEVISION

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

RADIO

2001-2016 3CR Beyond the Bars Live to air PRISON broadcasts  
3KnD Drive Time

Honours & Awards