Champagne with Mary-Jane honoured again 29 Jun 2015

Champagne with Mary JaneFunk rock band Champagne with Mary-Jane claimed victory in the school-aged category of the NT Song of the Year Awards for their song Money, Fame and Fire.

The triumph in the annual musicNT contest was announced at the award presentations on Saturday 27 June at the Museum and Art Gallery of the NT.

The conquest by the Darwin High School and Palmerston Senior College students follows their win in this year’s Battle of the School Bands, and performance at BASSINTHEGRASS.

Champagne With Mary Jane performing on stage

The group faced resolute competition from My Baby (All I Want) by Centralian Senior College songster Jenaya Allen, Gurindji Man by Karungkarni Band of Kalkaringi High School, and Shadow by Taminmin College hopeful Prayer Corby. 

The school-aged category is one of nine divisions in the competition. The contest winners were drawn from Katherine, Alice Springs, Tiwi Islands, Darwin, Arnhem Land and Milingimbi.

The band members  are Shishana Paleso'o (vocals) Kyle Maher (guitar) Dakota Smith (bass) and Eugene Duffy (drums).

Black Arm Band boosts music education 29 Jun 2015

Wugularr School students were treated to a series of music workshops with Black Arm Band during the first visit by the music and theatre company to the Katherine region school this year.

Renowned for their expression of Indigenous experience and identity, the group tutored all classes, focusing on song writing, song performance and percussion. 

The two-week visit ended with a two-hour concert, in which Black Arm Band and the students each performed for an hour.


The school is now booked to appear at this year’s Walking With Spirits, the annual Indigenous festival of songs, stories, dance, music and fire, to be celebrated at Beswick Falls on Saturday 25 July.

At the Arnhem Land event, Wugularr students will sing a song written by the students and Black Arm Band, and a song with Victorian sister city Penbank School.

Previously the school has had limited involvement with Walking With Spirits, so their participation this year is an opportunity to showcase their musical artistry in a cultural context.

Picture: Black Arm Band singer Emma Donovan and drummer Greg Sheehan (centre) flanked by Wugularr students Jeshannah Moore (left) and Evalina Hood (right).

Stellar songster may steal the show 19 Jun 2015

Excitement is building at Centralian Senior College ahead of the announcement of this year’s NT Song of Year Awards  winner.

150619-Jenaya-Allen-198x293College student Jenaya Allen entered her song My Baby (All I Want) in the school-aged division of the annual musicNT competition. 

The submission of the Year 10 song writer beat more than 300 entries to be included in the top five songs in the category.

The song was identified as a finalist by a national panel of more than 40 judges.

The talented musician took two weeks to write the song, after securing first place for best original song in this year’s Battle of the School Bands.

A soloist in that formidable competition, she claimed the honour for the first song she wrote and performed.

“I’ve only been writing songs since the beginning of the year, but I was inspired by a good music class so I decided to stick my head down and write,” she said.

“The song is about other people’s views on love, not based on a personal experience. 

“I didn’t know I had it in me, but I’ve been influenced and strongly supported by my music teacher Genevieve Oloughlin, and my family.”

Other challengers in the school-aged category are funk rock band Champagne with Mary Jane (Bad Boys; Money, Fame and Fire), Karungkarni Band (Gurindji Man) and Prayer Corby (Shadow).

Jenaya’s song can be heard at the People’s Choice Award website.  The musicNT awards will be held on Saturday 27 June 2015 at the Museum and Art Gallery of the NT.