Gii means heart in the language of the Gamillaroi people. We have chosen “Gii” as the name for our folk band. We are known as GiiMusic. GiiMusic was founded by Troy Russell and Bree Baxter in 2016. Both have a deep love of folk music of all styles and always look for fresh and new ways to tell a story. The vocalist is Leila Hamilton hails from Hill End and Troy and Bree met her at a series of concerts held in Redfern NSW. Chris Beltran on ukelele and guitar. Chris's playing style is important to the sound of GiiMusic and his playing compliments the sound of the band.
Bree first held a violin at the age of five. She played folk violin as a child, inspired by the music played in her Dad’s celtic band. Bree studied classical violin at university, but has always been drawn to jazz, folk and contemporary music.
guitar banjo mandolin
Although he is new to the game of composing he is making steady headway into the Art Music scene. Recently commissioned by Sydney Living Museums for the exhibition "Songs of Home", Troy writes some of the songs for GiiMusic and he writes of his family as it is rich in story and history.
Started singing at the age of 4.
Twinkle Twinkle was first Solo.
Inspired by rhythm...melody...words.
I Luv ReggaeRiddim...BlueBeat...Ska...Soul
Chris began performing at age 11. He was taught ukulele by his father who had an Hawaiian band. Chris has worked as a bassist, guitarist, ukulele player and singer in various bands. He likes strong rhythm, melody and songwriting. Swing Blues 1930's jazz and contemporary music.
Sydney Bushfire Relief Fund
A fundraiser for the wildlife that was injured during the recent bushfires. All donations will go to WIRES.
ChangeFest 19 happens during the 20th-22nd, November in Mount Druitt, Western Sydney. We are playing at this event on the 21st November 2019. We are looking forward to this and will be playing new songs.
Gii Music at Magnify / Memory Hosted by Blacktown Arts Centre
How do we respectfully capture and share the knowledge and stories of our Aboriginal elders?
Internationally acclaimed artist Ursula Yovich and her band will present new music based on conversations with local elders in this intimate contemporary music concert. Become immersed in story through Ursula’s music over an afternoon tea of damper and sweets.
Developed in partnership with Moogahlin Performing Arts and the Baabayn Aboriginal Corporation.
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