Carissa Nyalu

Image: Myaree Iluka

Nyalu – Dja Dja Wurrung for spring/fresh water

Carissa is a Yort Yorta Dja Dja Wurrung singer/songwriter based on Boonwurrung Country on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia.

Her love for the being on country & out in nature, mixed with stories about family and trauma make for some raw and real acoustic tunes that come straight from the soul.

Carissa has performed at a variety of events, festivals, conferences and live music venues such as The Post Office Hotel, The Retreat Hotel, The Gasometer, The Northcote Social Club, Koorie Krismas at Federation Square, Peninsula Hot Springs, Womin djeka Ngargee Balnarring, Willum Warrain and Nairm Marr Djambana Aboriginal Associations plus many more and has shared lineups with artists such as Benny Walker, Dallas Woods, Coloured Stone and Alice Skye. She has also recently been working on her music with artists such as Liz Stringer and The Dean’s of Soul at Bakehouse Studios and will be releasing an album in 2020.

Carissa also works at the Koorie Heritage Trust in Melbourne as a Cultural Facilitator and is a mother of a 5 year old girl. She loves spending her free time connecting with her Country, People and culture, surfing, camping, reading and bushwalking. This is where she draws inspiration for her songwriting. The earthy tones in her voice entwine with her guitar playing and song lyrics.

Upcoming gigs:

Sunday 22 March, TarraWarra Museum of Art Open Day, Healesville (Postponed)

Sunday 29 March, supporting Allara & Olenka | Rekindled Systems, Northcote Social Club (Postponed)

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For more information on bookings and fees contact or call 0401170625.

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of this Country and pay our respects to our Elders past and present. Sovereignty was never ceded.


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