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Jimmy Little Gathering

Sat 23 September 2017, at 3:00 pm - 9:45 pm


A stellar musical line up – including Frances Peters-Little, James Henry Little and Radical Son.

The event celebrates the music and legacy of the beloved Australian Aboriginal musician, actor and advocate Jimmy Little.

The event includes an afternoon of public workshops, open-mic and storytelling sessions, followed by a BBQ with a concert in the evening.

Performers include Mr Little’s daughter Frances Peters-Little (below centre) and grandson James Henry Little (below right). They’ll be joined on stage by acclaimed soul, rap and spoken word artist Radical Son alongside local acts Smith & Jones, The Orient Royal Mail Band and other guests.

The concept was developed by local elder Kalmadyne Goombridge who wanted to hold a healing event for the Aboriginal and broader community.

“Kalmadyne Goombrydge approached the Jimmy Little Foundation about setting the event as a way to acknowledge Jimmy Little as Australia’s first successful recording artist and for his long-time humanitarian work,” Ms Peters-Little said.

Jimmy Little was a Yorta Yorta man, hailed as one of Australia’s founding and premier country music stars. His career spanned six decades, beginning in the 1950s; he topped the charts and became a household name with ‘Royal Telephone’ in 1963. He is also remembered for his advocacy and education work. He was conducted into the ARIA Australian Music Hall of Fame in 1999. He passed away in 2012.

The event will also promote the Jimmy Little Foundation, which focusses on excellence in health care for Indigenous Australians, with a special focus on renal health. Donations will be taken towards their nursing scholarships at CSU.

Produced by regional arts development organisation Arts OutWest, the event is supported by funding from the NSW Government’s Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund (through Create NSW) and by the Bathurst Aboriginal Lands Council, and with the support of the Jimmy Little Foundation (JLF) and Black Theatre.

Workshops, open-mic, storytelling from 3pm

Concert 6.30pm-9.45pm

Venue: Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre

Tickets will be $5. Ticket price includes entry to the workshops.

FREE BUSES will travel from Cowra, Lithgow and Orange. For updates see: http://artsoutwest.org.au/jimmy-little-gathering-announced-for-bathurst/

Funded by the NSW Aboriginal Regional Art Fund and the Bathurst Lands Council. Coordinated by Arts OutWest. Full list of partners and supporters to follow.


Sat 23 September 2017,
3:00 pm - 9:45 pm
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Arts OutWest
02 6338 4657


Local Government Area
Bathurst Region
Visual arts, Music, Theatre, Dance, Multi-Arts


Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre
105 William Street
Bathurst, NSW 2795 Australia
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02 6333 6166

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