Lou Bennett (musician)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Lou Bennett
Born Echuca, Victoria, Australia
Genres Indigenous australian, blues, country
Occupation(s) musician, singer-songwriter, actor, writer, artistic director
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Associated acts Tiddas

Lou Bennett is an Indigenous Australian musician and actor.

Early life[edit]

Bennett is a Yorta Yorta/Dja Dja Wurrung woman from Echuca, Victoria, Australia.[1][2]


Bennett started her musical career with her uncle's band "The Shades", before later joining Richard Frankland's band "Djaambi", where she met Sally Dastey and Amy Saunders—Bennett, Dastey and Saunders later formed the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Award-winning band Tiddas.

After Tiddas disbanded in 2000, Bennett performed with a new band Sweet Cheeks and has worked as a stage actor—the latter has included an autobiographical show Show Us Your Tiddas!.[3] Show Us Your Tiddas! follows Bennett's life as she recounts a series of stories that include the occasion when she revealed her sexuality to her family, her first live performance, moving into an urban environment and her time with Tiddas.[4]

Bennett was a member of The Black Arm Band, a project that she was an artistic director, composer, vocal supervisor and performer for.[5] Bennett also contributed vocals to the 2012 Australian film The Sapphires, following her involvement with the 2004 Melbourne stage production.[5][6]

In 2017, she was inducted onto the Victorian Honour Roll of Women.[7]

Theatre projects[edit]

  • Magpie (2000) – Melbourne Workers Theatre
  • Conversations with the Dead (2001) – Ilbijerri Theatre, Playbox, La Mama
  • Yanagai! Yanagai! (2003) – Melbourne Workers Theatre, Playbox
  • The Sapphires (2004) – Melbourne Theatre Company
  • Show Us Your Tiddas (2007) – Melbourne Workers Theatre
  • Our Home Our Land (2011) – Boites 2009 Millennium Chorus[5]


  1. ^ Jo Roberts (15 May 2007). "Songline of singing sister act". The Age. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Scars" (Transcript). Message Stick. ABC. 26 September 2003. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Fiona Scott-Norman (18 May 2007). "Outside in, life of difference". The Age. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  4. ^ Stephanie Glickman (20 May 2007). "Show us Ya Tiddas! | Melbourne Workers Theatre". Australian Stage. Australian Stage Online. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c "Executive". The Black Arm Band. The Black Arm Band. 2013. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  6. ^ Andrew Tijs (10 July 2012). "The Sapphires' Soundtrack Songs Announced". noise11. noise11. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Lou Bennett named in 2017 Victorian Honour Roll of Women". Bendigo Advertiser. 8 March 2017. Retrieved 4 September 2017. 

External links[edit]