Matt Walker

Singer, guitarist.

Matt Walker is one of the most respected musicians on the Australian scene. His work as a songwriter, producer, session guitarist and composer is credited on dozens of albums, films and documentary scores, and among his peers down under he enjoys the status of a true cult legend.

He's toured with people such as Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Dirty Three, Nick Cave, Tony Joe White, Cat Power, The Black Keys and Joe Cocker.

Liz Stringer

Singer, guitarist.

Liz Stringer is one of Australia’s most respected singer-songwriters, always simmering, always producing something, whether it be an intimate solo record or a rollicking band album, sometimes recalling a Chrissie Hynde-like balance of unsettling lyrical directness and pop composure. Her voice is soulful and feisty, her novella-like lyrics visceral, yet poetic.

At sixteen she left Melbourne and went to Germany, started a band and recorded her first demo. She returned to Melbourne, went to her local high school, and began to write more and more songs.

Bruce Haymes

Music Director, keyboards, singer.

Bruce Haymes is a Aria award winning, keyboardist, producer & arranger who kicked off his professional musical career with Russell Morris’ The Rubes and is now one of Australia’s leading keyboard players.

Paul Stewart

Fearless Voices 'Shouter'

Paul Stewart is best known as the flamboyant frontman of the rock band Painters and Dockers, but a near-death experience inspired him to dedicate his life to helping young people at risk.

After decades of embracing the rock and roll lifestyle, Stewart suddenly found himself in desperate need of a new liver. After 18 months of waiting for a compatible liver, a priest came and read his last rites.

Stuart Grant

Fearless Voices 'Shouter'

Dr Stuart Grant is old enough to know better but too stupid to listen.

He is the singer/guitarist with noisepunk legends The Primitive Calculators ( Pumping Ugly Muscle, Do That Dance). Filmmaker Richard Lowenstein included the Primitive Calculators in his 1986 film Dogs In Space, which was based on the Little Bands scene they had created. 

He has also performed with lounge stylists Mr Bum & Ruby, cabaret auteurs Ski Low Low & soul mavens the Hard Word. 

Alicia Sometimes

Fearless Voices 'Shouter'

Alicia Sometimes is a writer, poet and broadcaster. She is a regular guest on 774, Radio National and is one sixth of The Outer Sanctum Podcast. Alicia was editor of the national literary journal Going Down Swinging for seven years.

Alicia was one of the 3RRR’s Breakfasters team in 2015 and was on Aural Text for fourteen years and has appeared in ABC TV's Sunday Arts and ABC News Breakfast. Her poems have been in Best Australian Poems, Overland, Southerly, Westerly, The Age etc.

Casey Bennetto

Fearless Voices 'Shouter'

Casey Bennetto is an award-winning writer, musician and radio broadcaster. He wrote the musical KEATING!, hosts the program Superfluity on Melbourne’s 3RRR, and has appeared in places as diverse as ABCTV’s Spicks and Specks, the Melbourne International Arts Festival and the Festival of Dangerous Ideas at Sydney Opera House.

Fearless Voices

It’s 37 years since, as a newspaper said, a song died on the streets of New York when John Lennon was shot down. Yet his songs are not dead: intense, sweet and angry, insightful and socially aware, they stay with us.

To mark his astonishing contributions, Liberty Victoria is hosting a unique Sunday afternoon event, FEARLESS VOICES, celebrating the richness of his works.

Tariro Mavondo

Fearless Voices Slam Poet

Tariro is a Melbourne/Naarm based artist who uses multiple disciplines to tell stories. Tariro sees art as a conversation and a dialogue her practice focuses on creativity as a facilitator of social change.

Tariro works as an actor on main stages with companies such as MTC (Jumpy), STC (Jumpy), Belvoir ( Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe), Bell Shakespeare (Players) and Red Stitch ( Belleville). 

Tariro also works on the Australian screen and has been an actor in an internationally award winning web-series, The Shakespeare Republic.

Soreti Kadir

Fearless Voices Slam Poet

Soreti is an Oromo poet, musician and community organiser currently based on un-ceded Kulin Nations land. 

Her artistry is a method of story and truth telling. Her performance style is riveting, leaving audiences in an abyss of empowerment and contemplation. What she speaks on evolves with her but is rooted in a focus on identity, justice, equity and freedom. 

She has performed her work all across Kulin Nation lands and in numerous other places across so-called Australia.