YAMAJI MAN is an intimate portrait of a proud and
powerful man; a musical virtuoso who survived against the odds.
Mark Atkins was born to a Yamaji woman from Western Australia and
an Irish Catholic father. Mark grew up in two worlds, never truly
at home in either.
Atkins is an inspirational didjeridu player and we join him on tour
in New York, where he is performing and working with Philip Glass.
Mark’s background as a rock and roll drummer gives him an
acute rhythmic sense that allows him to play across a wide variety
of styles. Whether playing a duet with the grand concert organ at
the Lincoln Center in New York, joining the Scottish acid-folk band
Shooglenifty to play a pumped up Celtic number or simply playing
solo to a hushed crowd, Mark has a gift for mesmerising audiences.
Despite this success and international acclaim, Mark
feels the acute need for
reconnection with his mother’s land, Yamaji country. An invitation
to play as special guest at the Yamaji Festival in Geraldton takes
Mark on a prodigal journey back home. This trip also takes him back
in his memory to a moment in his past when his innocence was lost
and he began a long, angry journey. A journey that has brought Mark
and his extraordinary talent to the world.