Sammy Butcher

Sammy Butcher is one of the trail blazers for musicians from the Central Desert.

Sammy is a founding member of the legendary Warumpi Band and was a songwriter for legendary tunes such as ‘Blackfella Whitefella’, ‘ Mountains Never Change’ and ‘Jailunguru Pakarnu’.

A Luritja man from Papunya, 250km northwest of Alice Springs, Sammy is renowned as one of the best guitarists in the Centre.

In the mid 1990’s Sammy received a special grant from the Arts Council to gain skills as a producer, which resulted in his first solo album ‘Desert Surf Guitar’.

Since this production, Butcher has been working and teaching youth, producing both the ‘Little Orphan Band” who played with Russel Crowe at a one-hour live to air radio broadcast in CAAMA and the highly successful Tjupi Band.

He continues to play and write music, organise community concerts, record, mentor youth and is a prominent leader in Central Australia.

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