Brett Clarke

From early childhood I spent much of my time with my late Grandfather, who taught me much about our cultural history of the Kirrae Whurrung Tribe. Pop was an expert at wood carving and showed me and my brother Crispian how to use the tomahawk and rough rasp to make spears, boondi’s, carved snakes and boomerangs’ Pop not only showed us how to carve – he told us stories and the cultural significance of the wood carvings – precious memories that continue to inspire my carving, paintings and songs. View more.


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Brett's Music

Brett Clarke is an emerging indigenous artist, with funk edged tunes and a soulful voice covering an eclectic range of music genres.

Brett Clarke, a Gunditjmara/Kirrae Whurrong Songman, is celebrating the release of his much anticipated debut album ‘Keep the Dream Alive’. Featuring many fine artists including: Bart Willoughby, Amy Saunders, Dave Arden and his mother Patricia Clarke.

From Framlingham Aboriginal mission, inspired and influenced by his late Grandfather Banjo Clarke, this album reflects the stories and words of wisdom he was told as a child. His songs demonstrate his strong cultural and environmental commitment and a passion for reconciliation.

In Brett’s own words ‘Music is a bridge to all Cultures’.

Brett has played at many festivals and venues around Victoria including Tarerer Festival, Apollo Bay Music Festival, Falls Festival and Lake Bolac Festival.

Check out Brett's music and debut album 'Keep the Dream Alive'.

Check out Brett's latest album 'Face Your Fears'

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Great Ocean Road Indigenous Cultural Walks,Talks and artworks

Join Brett on a Great Ocean Road Indigenous Cultural Walks & Talks Learn more about Southern Ocean Tribes of South West Victoria Australia Koontapool Kaaweeyn - Whale Dreaming 

Brett Clarke Bio –Kirrae Whurrung Tribe - Born 1977

From early childhood I spent much of my time with my late Grandfather, who taught me much of our cultural history of the Kirrae Whurrung Tribe. Pop was an expert at wood carving and showed me and my brother Crispian how to use the tomahawk and rough rasp to make spears, boondi’s, carved snakes and boomerangs’ Pop not only showed us how to carve – he told us stories and the cultural significance of the wood carvings – precious memories that continue to inspire my carving, paintings and songs.

I used to spend many hours with Pop on the horse and cart going through the Framlingham Forest. Pop told me his stories about our culture, ancestors and relatives, bush medicine plants and native birds while we cut firewood to bring back to his house. My mother Patricia has been another great source of inspiration. She is an expert artist as well singer/songwriter and Author of the book Rainbow Serpent of The Hopkins River.

My ambitions are to continue Pop’s and my mothers work to increase cultural awareness of both local indigenous and mainstream communities. I intend to do this through my artwork  producing cultural woodcarving artefacts and through my songwriting as my contribution to Reconciliation.

Available for Local Aboriginal Cultural Talks/Walks & or Music Performance.


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Brett Clarke, Local Musician, Indigenous Culture, 12 Apostles Coast and Hinterland, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia