Auriel Andrew, 1970

Black and white image of singer Auriel Andrew
Auriel Andrew, 1970
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An Arrente woman from Alice Springs, Auriel Andrew began her musical career in the late 1960s, ‘cutting her teeth’ on the local live music circuits in Adelaide and Port Lincoln. She appeared on various live TV musical broadcasts before she became a regular on Channel Nine’s Country and Western Hour, hosted by Reg Lindsay. In 1973 she moved to Sydney, and toured with renowned Aboriginal performer Jimmy Little. Auriel went on to perform at the grand opening of the Sydney Opera House and sang Amazing Grace in Pitjantjatjara for Pope John Paul II during his Australian tour in 1986.