Performance Artists

The Sandridge Band was formed in 1995 playing at the first Lidjakarda Festival at Wandangnula Outstation near Borroloola. The band members studied several units of the Charles Darwin Contemporary Music Course in 2004 and performed at Katherine “Music Without Humbug” supporting Neil Murray, Borroloola Rodeo Battle of the Bands.

In 2005, they performed at Tenant Creek Battle of the Bands Youth Week, Katherine Flying Fox Festival supporting Nabarlek Band, Youth Week in Borroloola, supported Nomadics Band at gig at Youth Centre, Borroloola Rodeo Battle of the Bands and numerous gigs at Borroloola Hotel and Sandridge Outstation.

The Ngardiji dance is about the mermaid dreaming from the Barkly Tablelands. The story goes like this: An old lady had a dream about the mermaids. The song was sung by the Wakaya mob in their language. It was meant only for the Women until a man saw them singing and dancing. The man they called ‘Yirrinju’.