This short video begins with a segment of June’s speech, followed by a glimpse of a performance by the Kenbi Dancers.
June Mills is a well known Darwin identity – a traditional owner of Larrakia land, the country on which Darwin is built and the surrounding area. Her areas of expertise include:
- Welcome to Country presenter
- Cultural knowledge presenter
- Ceremony facilitator (smoking and saltwater blessings)
- Songwriter and musician
- Script writer and theatre actor
- Exhibiting artist
- Cultural image design
- Fashion designer
- Workshop facilitator
Family & Music
June Mills can play many instruments including: guitar, ukelele, mandolin, piano accordion and
organ. Her musical career started at a very early age. Music and singing was an everyday part of life and the family home was always full of people. June’s parents – David and Kathy Mills – are both accomplished singer/songwriters and musicians, recognised by their induction into the Hall of Fame at the 2005 NT Indigenous Music Awards.
Mills Sisters Group
For many years June was a member of the famous Mills Sisters group, often giving support performances for famous acts like Harry Secombe, Charlie Pride and Tina Turner. June on guitar, Ali on ukelele, Barbara on tambourine and shakers, Violet on Tbox (bush bass) and Robin Forscutt on lead guitar.
“I’ll Be The One” (Skinnyfish Music) June Mills’ debut album, reflects a lifetime of
performance, songwriting, activism and creative endeavour. Recorded at Audrey Studios in Melbourne, June had the benefit of backing by some of the best of that city’s session musicians such as Craig Pilkington (Killjoys) on guitars, trumpet and banjo and Stuart Speed on double bass and bass guitar. The album also features nationally and internationally – acclaimed master guitar player Jeff Lang, who has toured with the likes of Bob Dylan, and Ani Di Franco.
Listen to a sample here
(Skinnyfish site – scroll to bottom of page)
Art & Workshops
June is an accomplished artist who is known for her paintings, limited edition prints and public art projects. She also works actively with youth to inspire creativity while also teaching cultural significance. June facilitates a popular t-shirt and singlet painting workshop program for children of all ages.
Creativity and Country
June’s art and music have always reflected the environment in which she lives, the people, landscape and the stories of her country. She sings about love and loss, the connections between people, between country, and the importance of belonging – themes that are universal.
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