Dja Dja Wurrung
“When we first gathered for this Singing From Country project. I arrived at Fryerstown - it was unfamiliar territory to me and I was wondering what to do. That guidance came in the person of Ricky Nelson whose presence and Welcome to Country greatly reassured and inspired me. It’s not what he said so much, it’s what I saw in him- his stoic endurance and quiet adherence to enacting ritual, the hard surviving that his body told of yet his generosity, sincerity and humour in making me feel welcome. I loved the sound of the word 'Dja Dja Wurrung”. It had its own power and rhythm and it felt strong in my heart and natural to utter and repeat it. It is a calling and a longing, and an honouring and a rejoicing for all first nation’s people in their country."
Singing from Country Songwriter 2017