Adelaide's Dead Roo named 2019 Emily Burrows Award honouree

Friday, 29 Nov 2019

(Alana Jagt presents Dead Roo with the 2019 Emily Burrows Award - photo by Nick Astanei)

The Emily Burrows Awards is a special one, given annually to a South Australian musician. And this year for the first time the deserving recipient was announced at the South Australian Music Awards. APRA AMCOS SA Rep Alana Jagt presented two of the four members of up-and-coming country-tinged rock outfit Dead Roo with the hounour. 

Each year an up-and-coming South Australian musician or band is recognised for their potential and awarded $5,000 to support their professional development. The award was instituted in 2001 in memory of Emily Burrows, a former APRA AMCOS membership representative and compliance officer, who worked tirelessly to support and encourage South Australian songwriters and composers. The award was established following her tragic, accidental death in 2000. 

Since forming two years ago, the Adelaide quartet consisting of Jessica Johns, Jason Katsaras, Stuart Patterson, and Hamish Gibson-Smith, have released two singles and are readying a debut EP for early 2020. They've been honing their growing repertoire of songs by playing gigs of all kinds - regional, metro, supports and festivals including Gizzfest and last weekend's Porchland.

From Dead Roo:

"It means so much to us to have won this award. To know that people out there, including the team at APRA AMCOS believe in us this much is unreal. It feels like over the past year or two we've somehow garnered some support which is extremely heartwarming, but we never dreamed it would amount to a big old leg up like this.

"We hope to use the money to really push ourselves, likely in the form of touring. This is incredible as it's something we've never really had the financial capacity to do, at least not without months of planning. The timing of this award couldn't be better for us having recently finished recording our debut EP and with a single 'Nick of Time' on the way.

"Hopefully now we will have the capacity to play music to a far wider audience than before. We can't thank APRA AMCOS enough for these upcoming opportunities and possibilities and greatly admire the work they do to support and represent the interests of artists. Thank you!" 

Dead Roo joins an impressive list of previous recipients including The Hilltop Hoods, The Beards, Mane, Electric Fields and Donnuarumma and 2019 recipient, Ollie English.


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