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The 2NRS Local Legends

Here are all your local legends hitting the airwaves this week.

Thelma Plumm

Thelma is an indigenous Australian singer, songwriter, guitarist and musician from Delungra NSW. Her rise to fame came from tracks “Blackbird” and “Father Said” which she uploaded to the digital platform Triple J unearthed in 2012. Her album Better in Blak made her household name is signature track Better in Blak and Homecoming Queen.

She is touring nationally across Australia later this year including to Darwin and Busselton in September and over to Canberra in October.

Tones & I

If you haven’t heard Tones & I its likely you’ve been living under a rock for the past 3 years. The Aussie musician from the Mornington Peninsula was fed up with her retail job and began busking. Her debut single, “Johnny Run Away,” was released in March of that year and became a viral sensation, racking up streams and reaching number one on the ARIA singles chart. 

Vance Joy

Australian singer/songwriter Vance Joy was vaulted into the mainstream when his 2013 single “Riptide” became a massive international hit. initially a promising Australian football player before music became his primary focus. Taking the name Vance Joy from a character in Peter Carey’s novel Bliss, he began his music career playing the Melbourne open-mike scene at the end of the 2000s while playing football and completing his law degree. As his reputation grew, he began working with a manager, booking bigger shows around town, and eventually signing a multi-album deal with Atlantic Records. 

Boy & Bear

Boy & Bear was formed in 2009 in Sydney, beginning as a solo project for singer-songwriter Dave Hosking. In February 2009, Hosking uploaded a track, ‘The Storm’, to the Unearthed program on radio station Triple J, and it became a featured song at the station. The band described its style as ‘a combination of drivey indie folk and choral harmonies’.

Emily Wurramara

Emily Wurramara was born on Groote Eylandt (Northern Territory) now based in Brisbane sings in both traditional language – Anindilyakwa and in English. In 2016 her debut EP, Black Smoke was released. It spent 10 weeks on the Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (AMRAP) charts, reached number 17 on triple j’s Unearthed and resulted in her signing to Australia’s Mushroom Records.In 2018 she released her first full-length album, named Milyakburra.


Angus and Julia Stone

Angus & Julia Stone are a sibling singing/songwriting duo whose music spans intimate folk and dreamy indie pop. Growing up on the northern beaches of Sydney. Their debut album, A Book Like This was released in 2007 and charted in the Top Ten and an international release followed in March 2008. Two years later they returned with Down The Way which introduced a bigger, bolder sound. A breakthrough success for the duo, the album debuted at number one in Australia, and earned them five ARIA music awards.

Paul Kelly

Paul Kelly’s songs dig deep into Australia: how it feels, looks, tastes, sounds. As a young man he left university and travelled the country, soaking it up. His piercing voice and profound lyrics are the soundtrack to Australia. His latest album, Paul Kelly’s Christmas Train, continues his method of acknowledging and building on the past to find new ways of expression.


Born in Queensland but raised in an aboriginal community in the Northern Territories, Birdz grew up on a diet of American rap and his father’s country music collection. His politically charged brand of hip-hop quickly earned him a following, charting the struggles and suffering of the indigenous population of Australia on releases such as “Black Lives Matter” and his debut EP, 2013’s Birdz Eye View.


The iconic sound of INXS has earned the band six ARIA awards, including three for “Best Group” in 1987, 1989 and 1992; the band was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2001. INXS has sold over 80 million albums worldwide, making them one of Australia’s highest selling music acts of all time. We dare you NOT to tear up in “Never Tear Us Apart”


The now retired Aussie rock band Powderfinger For so many Australians, Powderfinger have defined the moment: a love lost, a connection made, defiance, a life-changing party, an anthem that spoke directly to you, a ballad that hit your heart. For twenty years Powderfinger was the soundtrack to your life. These Days, Sunsets, Stumblin iconic and necessary Saturday tracks.

Temper Trap

With their choirboy vocals and panoramic pop/rock sound, the Temper Trap began building an audience in Melbourne, Australia, where the band first rose to local acclaim after playing St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival in March 2006. Sweet Disposition, a U2 styled anthem, released as the band’s first single cracked the Top 40 in multiple countries and appeared in film (500) Days of Summer, which helped the band increase its following in America. 

Missy Higgins

Missy Higgins career began in Melbourne, when her sister got ahold of “All for Believing,” one of Missy’s earliest songs, and mailed a copy to Australia’s Triple J radio station without her sister’s consent. The song ended up winning an unsigned artist competition named Triple J Unearthed. The Scar EP was released in August 2004 and went to number one on the Australian singles chart, ahead of her first full-length debut, The Sound of White.