Jimmy Little Gathering

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Sat Sept 23, Bathurst. A stellar musical line up – including  James Henry and Radical Son. Daytime workshops and open-mic.

The event celebrates the music and legacy of the beloved Australian Aboriginal musician, actor and advocate Jimmy Little (pictured below, left).

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 James Henry (below right), acclaimed soul, rap and spoken word artist Radical Son with  band alongside local acts Smith & Jones, the The Orient Royal Mail Band and other guests.  Frances Peters-Little (below centre) will make a guest appearance in the afternoon.

Tickets now on sale. $5 each (or $24 for a group of 6 people). Kids under 12 free. BUY TICKETS HERE.

Schedule

 

 

 

 

Workshops

More details on each of the workshops here

Buses

Note: Due to limited interest the FREE BUSES from Cowra, Lithgow, Orange have been cancelled.

The free Kelso bus will pick up at: Kelso Community Hub 2.45pm, Booth St 2.55pm and Lloyds Rd 3.05pm

Background

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.

The performance will be held at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre in the evening of Saturday 23 September. During the afternoon there will be public workshops in areas of Aboriginal culture such as language, weaving, beading, tool making and dance.

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  $5. Ticket price includes entry to the workshops.

For more information contact Arts OutWest on 6338 4657 or email artsoutwest@csu.edu.au

Upcoming Events

Sat 23

Jimmy Little Gathering

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