Bunna Lawrie is the charismatic front man (lead singer and songwriter) of Coloured Stone which he founded 1977 on the Koonibba Mission in South Australia on the Nullarbor Plains.
Bunna Lawrie and Coloured Stone are recognised world wide for their eclectic mixture of rock, ska, reggae with a unique Aboriginal sound incorporating traditional instruments such as clap sticks, didgeridoo, bundawuthada (gong stone) complimented by traditional language.
Every performance from Bunna and Coloured Stone is a memorable musical experience, full of Aboriginal culture and meaning. 2015 will mark 38 years of constant touring by Bunna Lawrie and Coloured Stone.
Bunna’s Coloured Stone have appeared in almost every remote Aboriginal community in Australia, punctuated by performances at the Edinburgh Festival, 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, Womadelaide (several times), the 40th anniversary of the Tent Embassy in Canberra, the St Kilda Festival in Melbourne, the Big Day Out Queensland, Garma Festival , Woodford Festival, Stomping Ground Broome, Moomba Festival, the Laura Festival, the Spirit Festival, the Dreamtime, the Long Walk, the Dreaming, the Island Vibe Festival, Barunga, Rainbow Serpent Festival Victoria and many more, most of them more than once. In Australia there are few roads that Bunna has not traveled.
Overseas Coloured Stone have been an enormous hit. Coloured Stone pushed Michael Jackson out of the #1 spot in the New Caledonia South Pacific Top Ten, performed in Malaysia and in England appearing at the Edinburgh Music Festival to great acclaim. Coloured Stone toured New Zealand, the South Pacific region and in Indonesia 1994 performed two concerts to over 90,000 people each night at the Jakarta Exhibition.
Coloured Stone is like one of our flint tools we find here on the Nullarbor. Finely crafted with many facets, each one with a purpose.
The current Coloured Stone band includes Bunna Lawrie, Selwyn Burn, Tjimba Possum-Burn, Keith Sullivan, Yirgjhilya Lawrie and CeeCee Honey Bee