Eleanor Dixon

Eleanor Dixon is one of the most talked about Indigenous artists in the Territory.  A trailblazer, a role model, a passionate songwriter and proud Indigenous woman – it’s awesome to have her in Desert Divas Volume II.

As the first female lead singer in the Bush Bands Program Eleanor has opened pathways for women in remote music. Her band Rayella have performed at the Bush Bands Bash twice, performed at the Folk Rhythm and Life Festival, the Nannup Music Festival, at MONA in Hobart and across the Territory.

Eleanor has achieved critical acclaim throughout Australia for her vocal ability and song writing skills. She was involved in the inaugural Barkly Divas and came back to mentor in the program in 2015. She’s also one of the mentors for the MusicNT Sista Sounds program.

On the Divas
“It was a good opportunity to link in with other girls and women making music.  It was the time when I realised that music is what I really want to do. Meeting the mentors and making connections with more people in the music industry was also another big thing that I got out of the experience. It's an amazing opportunity to work with and learn from other strong Aboriginal female artists.  I really want to learn and share as much as I can. Also I'd really like to learn more about producing and production skills so I can bring more of those tools to making the creative decisions with my own music."

On her Music
“Warlu-Ka is my favourite song because it was written with my family and it's in language, this is really important to tell our stories in our own words.  It's a song about sitting around the fire and sharing stories and yarning together."

More on Eleanor and her band Rayella: www.facebook.com/Rayella-571072006327073