David Hudson (musician)
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David Hudson Musician

David Hudson
David Charles Hudson
Bornca. 1962 (age 56–57)
OriginCairns, Queensland, Australia
GenresCountry, folk
Entertainer, musician, artist
InstrumentsDidgeridoo, vocals
LabelsCelestial Harmonies, Indigenous Australia, Australian Sun

David Charles Hudson (ca. 1962) is an Australian Aboriginal musician, entertainer and artist. Hudson is a multi-instrumentalist and was taught to play traditional didgeridoo from an early age. He also plays guitar, kit drums, percussion. He plays traditional music, as well as more ambient music, country-folk, rock, and new age.


David Charles Hudson was born in the early 1960s and is a descendant of the Ewamin-Western Yalanji peoples of the western Far North Queensland region.[1] He explained "I grew up in a household with uncles and aunts who painted and carved. I was taught traditional stories, so I was painting stories, and I learned what this line represents and this dot represents."[2] He was also taught to play traditional didgeridoo. Hudson finished secondary schooling in 1979, then attended a teachers' college and was qualified as a recreation officer.[2] According to Hudson "the majority of indigenous teenagers left school in year 10 and followed their fathers and grandfathers to work on railways, in construction or on cane fields."[3]

In 1987 Hudson, his wife Cindy Judd and other partners, established the Tjapukai Dance Theatre and the related Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park in Kuranda.[2][4] Hudson, as a dancer and musician, toured with Greek-American musician, Yanni, from 1996 to 2005 and appears on the artist's albums, Tribute (November 1997), Ethnicity (February 2003) and Yanni Live! The Concert Event (August 2006).[5] From 1997 to 2012 Hudson was General Manager of Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park.[3]

  • 2013 David consulted for Dreamworld on the Gold Coast as cultural advisor, choreographer and script writer.
  • On March 26, 2014 David was given an 'Honorary Doctorate' from the James Cook University Cairns Qld Australia for his Outstanding service distinguished public contribution to the Queensland community. Exceptional service to the University through his willingness to assist students and researchers to obtain and interpret cultural knowledge and Exceptional contributions beyond expectations of his field of endeavour, as a role model who has influenced the thinking and general well-being of humanity.
  • October 2014 David gave a ""TEDx"" talk titled Have Didge will Travel at TEDxJCUCairns. David's talk explains how a boy once classified by the Government as fauna, grew up and is now able to spread a positive message about Aboriginal culture, especially through his passion for the didgeridoo.
  • Hudson has also worked on the film The Island of Dr. Moreau and played the Bisonman. He worked with Marlon Brando, Val Kilmer, David Thewlis, Neil Young, and Temuera Morrison from NZ.
  • David continues to undertake motivational speaking, cultural workshops, original paintings and making customised didgeridoos.

In April 2018 Hudson performed at the official opening of the Sir John Monash Centre at Villers-Bretonneux in France. He presented the didgeridoo he had made for the occasion to Prime Minister Turnbull for inclusion in the museum.[6]


  • Undara Dawn 1988
  • Touching the Sounds of Australia, 1988
  • Australia: Sound of Earth (by David Hudson, Steve Roach and Sarah Hopkins), Fortuna, February 1991
  • Woolunda, Celestial Harmonies, 1993
  • Rainbow Serpent - Music for Didgeridoo & Percussion, Celestial Harmonies (13096-2), September 1994[7]
  • Bedarra, 1996.
  • Didgeridoo Spirit, September 1996
  • Guardians of the Reef, November 1996.
  • Heart of Australia, Indigenous Australia (IA2001D), November 1996
  • The Art of Didgeridoo: Selected Pieces 1987-1997, 1997
  • Bama Muralug: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Traditional Songs, February 1997
  • Kuranda, February 1997
  • The Sound of Gondwana: 176,000 Years in the Making (with Alan Dargin, Matthew Doyle, and Mark Atkins), Black Sun, February 1997
  • Spirit in the Sky, February 1997
  • Wangetti, February 1997
  • Yigi Yig: Solo Didgeridoo, February 1997
  • Gudju Gudju, 1998
  • Gunyal, Black Sun, March 1998.
  • The Stolen Generation - Rosie's Freedom, April 2000
  • Australian Sun Records (partners David Hudson, Nigel Pegrum and Mark Mannock)
  • Walkabout, March 2001
  • Just Like a Dream, 2002.
  • Australian Savannah, February 2002
  • Coolamon, February 2002
  • Passions of the Reef, February 2002
  • Postcard from David Hudson, February 2002
  • Just a Dream, September 2002
  • Castaway, May 2004
  • Spirit Songs of the Great Barrier Reef, June 2005
  • Woolunda Vol.2, 14 March 2006
  • Very Best of David Hudson, August 2006[8]
  • Didgeralia, 2007
  • The Naked Melody, July 2007
  • Ooramin: the Meditative Digeridoo, 10 July 2007
  • Jinna Jinna: Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime Stories, Australian Sun Records (ASR1001), July 2007
  • Primal Elegance Didgeridoo/Piano with Mark Mannock, August 2007
  • DreamRoads Country Rock, September 2007

Credits: [1][9]


  1. ^ a b Bush, John. "David Hudson". AllMusic. All Media Guide. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Carter, Denise (30 January 2015). "David Hudson is a musician, artist, actor and presenter on the world stage but still calls Cairns home". The Cairns Post. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Indigenous Tourism". Skyrail News. Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. February 2012. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ Reid, Paul (12 August 1990). "Tribal Name and Pride Find an Outlet on Stage". The Canberra Times. 64 (20, 211): 24. Retrieved 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ Greene, Paul D.; Porcello, Thomas (2010). Wired for Sound: Engineering and Technologies in Sonic Cultures: Music Culture. Wesleyan University Press. pp. 86-89, 95-100. ISBN 978-0-81957-062-8.
  6. ^ "Photo Gallery:The Official Opening of the Sir John Monash Centre". Sir John Monash Centre. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ Hudson, David (1994), Rainbow serpent : music for didgeridoo & percussion, Celestial Harmonies, retrieved 2016 – via National Library of Australia Note: Recorded at the Timeroom (Tucson, Arizona); bush sounds recorded in Laura, Queensland.
  8. ^ Hudson, David (2006), The very best of David Hudson, Indigenous Australia, retrieved 2016 – via National Library of Australia Note: Previously released material. "The very best of Australia's world music rhythms" - Container. "Musical stories from this multi platinum world music artist" - Container.
  9. ^ "David Hudson - Discography". Creative Spirits. Archived from the original on 15 December 2012. Retrieved 2016.

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