Didirri’s challenging and thoughtful writing, combined with on-stage charisma and relatable depth, has continually won over listeners around the world. He’s an artist with something to say, with his uninhibited lyrics that tug at raw nerves and his charming melodies that soothe your heart. Don’t miss his live performance at Peninsula Grammar’s Performing Arts Centre on Thursday, June 20, at 7pm.
The singer-songwriter, whose name is a homage to the Indigenous meditative word for “deep, quiet listening”, was raised by a painter mother and children’s entertainer father. After spending his teens in bands and partaking in theatre performances at school, Didirri undertook a degree in jazz at Victoria University.
Fast-forward to 2014 and Didirri had moved to Melbourne, playing his first solo show under his own name at Melbourne’s Evelyn Hotel. Soon his gigs became renowned not only for his songs, but for the hush that settled over the room as he talked about their meaning. Just one of the reasons Triple J included him in their 10 Best Live Shows Of 2017. Even though these songs are only now appearing packaged together as an EP, the three most recent singles — Blind You, Formaldehyde, and I Can’t Get Last Night Out Of My Head — have each enjoyed high rotation on Triple J and have collectively been streamed more than six million times globally.
Word has spread overseas, with Didirri recently returning from a run of international festivals including SXSW, The Great Escape and Primavera Sound, a tour on which he sold out his first London show at The Shacklewell Arms. He’s also performed at recent Australian festivals such as Fairgrounds, Boogie Fest, NYE On The Hill and Splendour In The Grass, not to mention a sold-out headlining tour of the country. Not bad for an artist only just releasing his first official EP.
Tickets are $38 (including GST) from www.eventbrite.com.au/e/peninsula-grammar-presents-didirri-tickets-56403079128
For more information about the Peninsula Grammar Presents concert series, visit www.peninsulagrammarmusic.com/