Bart Willoughby’s musical career began in 1978 when he pioneered a distinctive Indigenous Australian music sound, a fusion of Jamaican reggae with traditional Indigenous influences.
It was whilst at CASM that Bart Willoughby formed his first band, Australia’s first Indigenous rock band No Fixed Address in 1978. At CASM Willoughby also met Broome artists and began performing with composer and musician Jimmy Chi’s newly formed band Kuckles1979.
In 1979 No Fixed Address played its first large concert The National Aboriginal Day held at Taperoo and in1982 Willoughby also played drums with Shane Howard and Goanna, Coloured Stone and Yothu Yindi.
Willoughby received the1993 Inaugural Indigenous Aria Australian Lifetime Achievement Award for his Outstanding Contribution to Indigenous Music in Australia.