From pop to country, rock to reggae, the Rayella Band craftily blend a number of genres to tell their story in both Mudburra and English, ensuring an engaging listen from the first track to the last.
Their important debut album was recorded on location in Marlinja Community, 700km south of Darwin and mixed in the Winanjjikari Music Centre Studios in Tennant Creek. Rayella performed in 2014 throughout the Northern Territory and toured Tasmania and Victoria. Rayella is an entertaining and immersive journey into the heartbeat of Australia’s centre, tales of life from the Indigenous Mudburra people’s homeland and history.
Eleanor’s magical voice paired with her father’s skillful guitar playing and harmonising captivate audiences with their honest, evocative songs about family, country and culture. Tyrone Dixon is a phenomenal talent on Lead Guitar, and cousins Ethan Godfrey and Adrian Dixon form a solid rhythm section to complete this inspiring tight-knit unit.
In 2014 Rayella performed at MONA in Tasmania, Folk Rhythm and Life Festival in Victoria as well as performing alongside their peers The Sandridge Band and Tjintu Desert Band at BAMFest aspart of the 25th anniversary of the Desert Harmony Festival. They also opened for the NT legends Blekbala Mujik in Tennant Creek on their historic Greatest Hits tour and delivered an incredible set to thousands at Bush Bands Bash in Alice Springs in September. Eleanor become the first woman to be a part of Bush Bands Business, the three-day professional development program which precedes the concert and she is the first woman to perform in one of the bands on the bill.
“Eleanor and Raymonds father/daughter vocal frontline lend authenticity to their stories of life, aspirations and place... Their music is a deep blend of modern life and ancient.” Brian Ritchie – Violent Femmes, Curator MONA FOMA Festival.
“the most enjoyable introduction to a new band — and great new songwriting talents — that I’ve seen and heard in many years.” Bob Gosford – The Daily Review – Crickey.com.au
“Rayella’s performance at BBB was outstanding, the vocal melodies coming from Eleanor gave me goosebumps” Micheal ‘Miko’ Smith - CAAMA MUSIC