Rayella is a family band from Marlinja Community, located approximately 730 kilometres south of Darwin in the remote Northern Territory of Australia. Raymond Dixon and his daughter Eleanor are the driving force behind the beautiful melodies and stories that emerge from the engaging music this group bring to any performance, be it a campfire sing along or a festival in front of thousands.
Despite their isolation from mainstream Australia, Rayella come from a long line of musical history. Raymond Dixon was a guitarist with the Kulimindini Band who released three successful albums throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s. Ray’s daughter and lead singer, Eleanor Dixon, was raised during this era and as a result of a rich musical upbringing has been singing for most of her life.
Recorded on location in Marlinja Community, 700km’s south of Darwin, and mixed in the Winanjjikari Music Centre Studios in Tennant Creek. Tracks from Rayella have already featured on Triple J, ABC Darwin, ABC Alice Springs, CAAMA Radio, Radio PBS (Vic) and 8CCC.
“Eleanor and Raymond’s father/daughter vocal frontline lend authenticity to their stories of life, aspirations and place… Their music is a deep blend of modern life and ancient energy” Brian Ritchie – Violent Femmes, Curator Mona Foma Festival.