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Bidyadanga artist sweeps awards

Bidyadanga mu­si­cian John Bennett’s mu­si­cal ded­i­ca­tion to the me­mory of his brother has swept the pool at the 2018 WAM Song of the Year Awards.

The award cer­e­mony took place at the Fly By Night Club in Fre­man­tle on May 16 and saw Bennett take out the out­stand­ing in­dige­nous and out­stand­ing re­gional awards for the ti­tle track from his sec­ond al­bum, Coun­try is Call­ing.

Not only was Bennett one of two artists who won mul­ti­ple awards — the other be­ing Perth-based mu­si­cian Stella Don­nelly — he was the only artist to be nom­i­nated for three of the night’s awards — out­stand­ing in­dige­nous, out­stand­ing re­gional and coun­try.

“My mu­sic is who I am,” Bennett said. “It is about my coun­try, my peo­ple and my life.”

Pic­ture: Carly Laden

John Bennett at the Salt­wa­ter Mu­sic Fes­ti­val ear­lier this year.

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