Constantina Bush: ride the night train

About

Jump on this unforgettable ride with Constantina Bush, a woman of the world, whose style is second-to-none. This lady has seen it all! Constantina’s stories are without compare and she tempts you to join her for one night.

Supporting this icon is Darwin’s hottest soul band, Eduardo and The Night Train. Experience the newest Top End contemporary funk around and groove along to some old favourites.

So get on board with Constantina, one of Australia’s most illusive and fun-loving stars, for an evening of music, stories, and naughty revelations.

Get your ticket stamped for the ride of the year!


Publicity images photographed by Duane Preston

Cast & crew

Kamahi Djordan King

Constantina Bush aka Kamahi Djordon King, is a Gurindj  member, born in Katherine. Constantina being the pseudonym King uses for their alter ego, and never the twain shall meet!

Australia’s premier Indigenous showgirl, Constantina performs a unique blend of Motown-style music and tongue-in-cheek comedy that spares no-one. As mentioned you will never see her in the same room as Kamahi Djordon King who was one of the first graduates of the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts in 2000. Prior to this, Kamahi studied in the Aboriginal Music Theatre training programme attached to the Black Swan Theatre Company, and has since performed and toured with Malthouse Theatre, Ilbijerri Theatre Company and Yothu Yindi.

Kamahi first created Constantina in 2008 for the annual OUTBLACK performance at the Glasshouse in Melbourne. In 2009, The Bushettes joined Constantina for the VIPAA Awards in the Speigeltent in Southbank which then led to further performances and major festivals, including Woodford Folk Festival, Sydney Festival and Homeground.

Lately, Connie has been seen in chat-show mode, ‘on the couch’ with various celebrity guests, such as Toni Childs, Shellie Morris and Emma Rowe. In 2021, she teams up again with David Spry for a new show featuring original music that will tour the NT, culminating in a performance at the Darwin Festival.

David spry

David Spry
David Spry is one of the NT’s pre-eminent singer-songwriters, with a significant following from Darwin to Alice Springs, and beyond. As a leading Australian touring artist, David has performed at numerous festivals, including Nannup Festival, Blue Mountains Music Festival, Bendigo Blues and Roots, Caloundra Music Festival, St Kilda Fest, Nimbin Roots, Garma Festival and National Folk Festival, both solo and with his Roots band ‘The Moral High Ground’. David has three official releases to date, with ‘Wilfully Adrift’ (2018) being the latest album.

Carefully crafted lyrics set to a mix of cinematic and raw, stripped-back compositions are the hallmark of David Spry’s music. His style moves from gritty and intimate songs to free-spirited tracks with infectious rhythms that only a dance will remedy. David strongly identifies with his Indigenous Maranunggu/Marrithiyel heritage from what is known as Daly River and Litchfield regions. His cultural heritage on both parents’ sides has informed not just his song writing, but, also, his take on life and how to live it as a conscientious human, leaving a legacy and being mindful of his place in the world.

The Night Train

Maia Bedggood

Darwin based R&B singer, Maia, boasts an eclectic repertoire from easy listening reggae music to classic R&B hits Heard It Through The Grapevine and RESPECT, to hip-hop medleys of the 90s – 2000’s. She covers her favourite artists including Amy Winehouse, Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys and Lauryn Hill..
Fresh, raw and soulful, Maia’s passion for music has been nurtured since 8 years old by a musical family.

In recent years she has teamed up with David Spry in The Roots Ensemble’s Harmony Sisters for shows during The Darwin Festival 2015 and again at Garma Festival 2017. She has also made an appearance on the First Sunday Blues Stage and headlined the Banyan Tree Music Stage with The Funk band at the Nightcliff Seabreeze Festival 2014. She also made an appearance on MusicNT’s Original Recipe stage at Nirvana 2014.
With a portfolio of hidden originals, she has formalised her skills gaining a Diploma in Contemporary Music & Live Performance at MAINZ (Music and Arts Institute of New Zealand) where she was awarded Vocalist of the Year and Most Improved Performer of the Year in 2009. She has shared the stage with NZ heavy hitters Herbs, Aaradhna, Ardijah and Sons of Zion while performing backing vocals with underground reggae band Phatmatics. Committed to her songwriting role, she signed up to Street Dreams in 2010 to be mentored by NZ hip-hop rappers Dei Hamo and Lady Sheeq to where she honed her writing and vocal skills.

Prayer Corby

Prayer Corby grew up watching her dad Doug play throughout the music scene in Darwin and has spent many years singing with him at family gatherings and gigs.
After landing a scholarship with The Academy of Country Music, Prayer is now stepping out on her own, and with a soulful voice and a story to tell.

Mark Smith

Mark started out as a drummer in Darwin bands Drum Drum and Culture Connect. He later became manager of both groups, taking Drum Drum on a tour to over 13 countries, whilst Culture Connect received national attention through triple j and Channel V. Mark later took on management of Darwin duo Sietta – the group achieving significant national impact with their first album, securing partnerships with Elefant Traks, Universal Publishing and New World Artists/Artist Voice.

Tom Jones

Aden Mackay

Jude Hassett

Itinerary

Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre

Katherine, Northern Territory
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Barkly Arts Theatre

Tennant Creek, Northern Territory
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Araluen Arts Centre

Alice Springs, Northern Territory
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Sunset Stage, Darwin Festival

Darwin, Northern Territory
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Contact

Elizabeth Rogers

Performing Arts Manager

PO Box 535
Darwin, NT 0801

performing@artbacknt.com.au

08 8941 1444