The dynamic and pioneering performer was a great inspiration and will be sadly missed by all.
Eulogy (pdf - 13Kb)
THE WARUMPI BAND Retires
14th Oct 2000
After a 20 year commitment to indigenous rock and roll, the Warumpi Band retired in October 2000. Their last appearance was at the Stompem Ground Festival at Broome in October 2000 which featured original founding member Sammy Butcher back in the line up on lead guitar. The band has not played since.
Both Neil Murray and George Rrurrambu pursue solo careers and Sammy Butcher plays with his own band out of Papunya, N.T. George Rrurrambu had a solo album 'Nerbu Message' which he released and toured with Bomba
Over the last decade, Neil Murray has established a successful career as a
singer, songwriter, poet, author and playwright. His 4th solo album "The Wondering Kind" was a finalist in the 14th ARIA
Awards "Best Blues and Roots" category.
I was always happy for George Rrurrambu that he started a new career for himself. He was a great performer who's memory lives on with me. He was one of the best."
The final Warumpi Band concerts