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Mel Dobra

Mel Dobra has delighted crowds internationally, playing such festivals of renown as the Woodford Folk Festival, Splendour in the Grass, the Eclipse Festival and the Bali Spirit Festival, as well as embarking upon an East Coast tour of her inaugural album, Sacred Tides. Mel’s musical career began just five years ago. Steeped in the evocatively spiritual genre of Kirtan, Mel played a support role with the hypnotic melodies of the harmonium in performances as much meditational as musical. Now, as an independent artist, Mel’s music has become a celebration of the soul, stepping away from the somewhat ceremonial themes of Kirtan to create her own interpretation; a gently contemporary yet profoundly emotional experience. Inspired by Kirtan but with the richly abundant flavours of world and folk music, she has developed a style infused with orchestral undertones, subtly Middle-Eastern nuances, Latin-inspired guitar, all bound by velvet harmonies and lyrics that reach deep within the listener, heard not by the ears but by the heart. Joined by guitarist Joshua Arent and numerous session musicians, Mel’s national Sacred Tides tour shared her music with a more expansive crowd, beyond the yoga retreats and Kirtan audiences of her formative career. Defining her own genre, Mel has, with Sacred Tides, addressed a far more expansive listener, diversifying and expanding the appeal of her music. But there remains a connectivity throughout her work, echoes of her musical roots that have endured. This permeates much of her music, in sound and lyrics, and influencing both her concerts and her songs. This is reflected in her audiences, the atmosphere she meticulously creates - physically and through the meandering currents of her music – evoking a transformative experience far beyond the music alone.

My Speakers Sessions

Friday, April 15

15:00 AEST

Sunday, April 17

08:00 AEST