The Black Arm Band Company

Shellie Morris


Shellie Morris is an Indigenous Darwin-based singer-songwriter. Adopted out to Ian and Dorothea Dixon at an early age, she has traced her roots back to a Wardaman (Katherine-area) grandfather remembered for his skills with guitar and voice, and a Yanyuwa (Borroloola-area) grandmother who was taken from her family at eight years and brought up in Darwin’s Kahlin compound. Her performance highlights include the Closing Ceremony of the Arafura Games in Darwin, the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and Melbourne Festival’s Seven Songs to Leave Behind in 2010 and notes from the hard road and beyond in 2011. She has shared the bill with touring artists including Yothu Yindi, Sinead O’Connor, Meshel Ndegeocello, Rickie Lee Jones, Grinspoon, You Am I, Tiddas, Jimmy Little and Magic Dirt. She was nominated for a Deadly Vibes Award In 2002. She also works with Indigenous communities and youth throughout Australia, helping young people to write music about their experiences, as an Ambassador for The Fred Hollows Foundation.