Didgeridoo information and resources
Links to didge and didgeridoo related websites, plus a few other personal favourites.
These days many people have websites for their business, hobby or passion and the didgeridoo is no exception. I have come across many fabulous websites about the didge and divided them into (hopefully) logical sections to make it easier to scan through. They are all sites I am familiar with with many being run by friends I have made in the didgeridoo fraternity.
Performers and Bands
Described as; 'High-tech didgeridoo meets drum n bass'. This high energy performance group from Humpty Doo, Northern Territory, Australia, have sold over 50 000 albums from the streets and stage. Making them one of the hottest independent, underground success stories to emerge from the Top End of Australia.
Charlie McMahon - Rhythmorganizm
Over a number of years Charlie McMhaon has been at the forefront of promoting the didgeridoo not only as a player but as inventor/creator of the 'Didjbone' and 'Facebass', playing and performing right across the globe.
Kyle Maplesden - Kdidj
Dealing directly with Arnhem Land communities and respected dealers kdidj endeavour to provide authentic Aboriginal instruments of the highest cultural integrity. Known for his understanding of traditional Aboriginal culture, Kyle continues to learn from his Aboriginal friends and to share his experiences with others.
One of the foremost exponents of contempory didgeridoo in Europe, Markus Meurer is highly regarded as player having performed at numerous festivals and events. Check out some of the videos of Markus performing on YouTube.
"Ganga Giri is a wonderful musician. I first heard him at a Womad festival, and loved the mix of his ancient and primitive instrument with a wide range of great dance grooves. Ganga is really taking the didjeridu to places it has never been before and developing a unique style of music". Peter Gabriel, Real World Records.
Wild Marmalade are a High-Energy Organic Trance, Drum and Didj band based in Byron Bay, Australia. Playing "totally live" with ferocious intensity, they create inspired organic dance music, without the use of any electronic machines. Blending the ancient sounds of the didjeridoo with contemborary dance beats, their sound is a meeting of Didge Si's rhythmic didjeridu playing, combined with the explosive grooves of Matt Goodwin on drum kit.
Traditional and Culture
Didgfever has been sharing, teaching and facilitating workshops within and for schools for many years, all key stages from Primary through to Secondary education. Building on a foundation of experience, Nick Burman, through Didgfever, has developed workshops to make them not only as informative, educational, and constructive as possible but above all else fun!
White Cockatoo Performing Group
From Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia. The artists are a group of senior Aboriginal men from the Mialili, Guningu, Rembarrnga, and Burrara language groups, who share the same social and family affiliations. Their corroboree (music, song and dance) is a part of one of the earth's oldest unbroken artistic traditions, and their country is the traditional birthplace and home of the Australian Aboriginal musical instrument the Didgeridoo. The men are the exponents of fine 'classical' aboriginal music and dance.
"Rripangu Yirdaki is the name of my enterprise. 'Rripangu' means lightning and all that lightning represents - it is a powerful symbol of my Galpu clan and, as lightning, I am strong and I do not fear anything". Please come and explore with me the world of yirdaki - do not be afraid, but come in peace and honour and you will discover something you don't know. Whilst I am the central figure in this enterprise, other members of my family are also involved in various aspects of production, administration, and sales. In other words, this is a family-run business.
This website is dedicated to the Aboriginal peoples of Arnhem Land whose musical and artistic genius are world-renowned. While the focus of this website is traditional music from Arnhem Land, some items on the fringe of the territory as it is commonly defined are included.
Yirrkala.com - Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre
"This is letting you know so you will learn from us. Learn from these words like we have learnt from you. Your knowledge, your education, your background, we are using it. Some of the law and some of the culture of yours. OK and in the same way you must learn..."Djambawa Marawili, Senior Artist & Madarrpa clan leader.
Yothu Yindi hail from the Yolngu (Aboriginal) homelands on the north-east coast of Australia's Northern Territory, a country the Yolngu have occupied and protected for perhaps 40,000 years or more. The Yolngu members of the band celebrate their deep spiritual connections with the land, connections that are kept alive through song and dance and ceremony, public aspects of which are found within the band's recordings and live performances.
One hundred and fifty spears, ten canoes, three wives...trouble. Ten Canoes is a story and a film. Captivating and fascinating the best way to understand where the film's coming from is to watch it!
Vibe Australia has an extensive history of working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia at local, state and national levels. Vibe is an Aboriginal media and events company with a suite of fully integrated communication products much utilised and enjoyed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia.
The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) is the world's premier institution for information and research about the cultures and lifestyles of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Its activities affirm and raise awareness among all Australians, and people of other nations, of the richness and diversity of Australian Indigenous cultures and histories.
Promoting awareness on indigenous issues and to provide information for Indigenous Australians about Europe and international organisations. ENIAR is not affiliated to any government or commercial bodies, is non profit- making and run entirely by volunteers.
Didge Tall Paul
Tall Paul makes didgeridoos and sells them alongside a number of other musical instruments. Tall Paul can be found at a number of festivals and events throughout the year where he not only sells his didges but also holds practical demonstrations.
Eddy individually crafts his didgeridoos to a high standard both in quality of ofnish and quality of sound, with beautifull carvings and artwork which is second to none. When starting out making didges I was incredibly inspired by Eddy's work. Eddy individually crafts his didgeridoos to a high standard both in quality of ofnish and quality of sound, with beautifull carvings and artwork which is second to none. When starting out making didges I was incredibly inspired by Eddy's work.
High quality, hand crafted didgeridoos from Australia. Their range includes hand crafted wood furniture and artistic decorative pieces.
Twistedidge is passionate about building didgeridoos, taking pride in using the best materials and techniques available. Since they cannot keep all the sticks they build, they find a new home for them. Based in Malta and make wicked Agave didges as well as awsome twisted box didges..
Retailers and Dealers
Sound for Health
Lots of wonderful and rare world / ethnic instruments for sale along with DVDs, books, CDs, didgeridoo lessons, didgeridoo performance, corporate training & fun days, school visits, etc. Jonny Cope is a professional player, didgeridoo teacher, best-selling author, and qualified sound practitioner.
Passionate about authentic Aboriginal Art and Artefacts, only the highest quality, carefully selected, genuine items, supplying each customer with signed Certificates of Authenticity and offering a full 100% refund policy.
Australian didgeridoo and aboriginal art specialist. Learning to play has never been easier with a great instructional 5CD set plus accompanying DVD.
Forums and Discussion Groups
Worldwide Didgeridoo Network
A new network to the didge scene, the Worldwide Didgeridoo Network, already with over 200 members from around the globe. Great networking for didge makers, players and enthusiasts, highly reccommended.
One of the best didgeridoo forums around plus instruments for sale. All the instruments at Serious Sticks are entirely made by Aborigines whose tribes have the didjeridu as part of their cultural tradition. They import direct to Switzerland from Aboriginal communities. Instruments are chosen individually for their sound, playability and artistic merit.
Yahoo Groups - didjuk_discus
This is the Didjeridu UK Discussion list - for everyone to chat about didjeridus, didj events, workshops, ideas, thoughts and anything didj-related. Open to beginners and old hands alike!
Pied Piper Pianos
Pied Piper Pianos based in Howarth, West Yorkshire works with a range of instruments, from the piano to didgeridoo, icluding a keen interest in sound healing and tuition.
Ed Drury's Didgeridoo Page
Ed Drury has compiled a mass of information over a number of years including interviews with players, makers and others, as well as notes on how to play. A veritable wealth of information and I especially recommend the Portland Newsletter - it is jammed full of stuff.
Didgeplanet Didgeridoo Blog
Didgeplanet has alot of inforamtion, articles, blogs about practically anything to do with the didgeridoo. Sporting an RSS feed so you can keep updated with the latest bits and bobs.
UNSW Didgeridoo Acoustics
University of New South Wales (UNSW) has made available a large amount of information relating to the acoustics and physics of the didgeridoo. This site is extremely informative especially for people wanting to make their own instrument. It can be quite technichal in parts though is supported with diagrams for those (like me) that don't understand all the fiddly bits of physics.
Pete organises the Singing Sticks Festival in Northampton. He is enthusiastic about the whole didge scene and has alot of info on his web site. He offers tuition, workshops, and performances at events amongst other things.