Australian Music Is Bloody Great: Emma Donovan

Australian Music Is Bloody Great: Emma Donovan

Emma gets excited about some great Australian artists

Where do you hear great new Australian music these days? Community radio is one crucial outlet and Amrap – the Australian Music Radio Airplay Project - offers Australian musicians a pathway to airplay from the hundreds of community stations to a weekly listenership of nearly 6,000,000 people. Go to to get your music to thousands of presenters using the site each month to find new Australian music. If you haven’t got your music on Amrap, what are you waiting for? Community radio uses Amrap to source Australian music for airplay. You can discover all the great Australian music championed by community radio on the Community Radio Plus App, featuring the diverse range of community radio stations nationwide in one handy spot!

Amrap’s national radio show Australian Music Is Bloody Great features Australian artists presenting their favourite recent Australian music. Australian Music Is Bloody Great’s previous hosts range from Dune Rats to Sampa The Great to Phil Jameison.

We’re proud to team up with Amrap to bring you Australian Music Is Bloody Great as a Pilerats feature!

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Written by Ella Stewart

After a run of incredible works with both The Putbacks and the Black Arm Band project, acclaimed Gumbaynggirr (Northern New South Wales) singer-songwriter Emma Donovan has returned with another solo album, Til My Song Is Done. The album sees the Naarm (Melbourne) based Indigenous artist getting back to the sounds of country and soul music, highlighting the musical journey Emma has undertaken from singing gospel music in younger years to her current collaborations in funk and R&B. Emma talks up some of her favourites she found on for Australian Music Is Bloody Great below.

Emily Wurramara - Magic Woman Dancing

01 Emily

I'll tell you who is great, it's our sister girl, Emily Wurramara. This is a beautiful track of hers, the newest one out. I just think she is an unreal songwriter. There's a lot of newer generation [artists] that are coming through the scenes, more particularly for Aboriginal women in the industry, holding it right down. I absolutely just admire Emily.

Ullah - What Nightmares Are Made Of

02 Ullah

I think Australian music is bloody great after heraring this song! She's fresh. She's brand new and very young. I actually had the honour of seeing her sing this song live when I went up to Kings Park and was a part of Rockwiz tour.

King Stingray - Through The Trees

03 King Stingray

There is no way that I can deny any music that comes from this band. It's the one and only band that reps mostly Arnhem Land, all of the NT and all of us in Australian music! What do yoiu think about when you're walking through the trees? There's something about looking out the window at all the trees and the bush when you're on the road and I think they absolutely nailed it on this track.

Tambourine Jesus - Rain & The Fire

04 Tambourine Jesus

This is a new band made up of some guys who have been on the scene for a while. I've actually had the honour of touring, playing and even recording with some of these guys.

Liz Stringer - The Metrologist

05 Liz Stringer

Look, this album (First Time Really Feeling) came out in 2020 but it is still very relevant to me today and I'm pretty sure that it's going to hold it down for myself as well for the next 20 to 40 years, but also hold it down for a lot of women in the Australian music industry. It's important to actually have women and songs like this. I get so emotional when I hear Liz's tunes. Honestly, it's just next level, it takes me to a whole other place.

Emma Donovan - Sing You Over
06 Emma

This features on my newest album, Til My Song Is Done.

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