Jimmy little gathering
2017: Celebrating the music and legacy of the beloved Australian Aboriginal musician, actor and advocate Jimmy Little

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The concept was developed by local elder Kalmadyne Goombridge who wanted to hold a healing event for the Aboriginal and broader community. It celebrated the music and legacy of the beloved Australian Aboriginal musician, actor and advocate Jimmy Little.

The event included an afternoon of public workshops, open-mic and storytelling sessions, followed by a BBQ with a concert in the evening. Frances Peters-Little made a guest appearance in the afternoon.

Workshops included fibre weaving, dance, storytelling and tool making.

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 also promoted the Jimmy Little Foundation, which focusses on excellence in health care for Indigenous Australians, with a special focus on renal health.

Celebrating the music and legacy of the beloved Australian Aboriginal musician, actor and advocate Jimmy Little.

Strategic area: Aboriginal arts development

Location: Bathurst     

When: 23 September 2017

Funded by: NSW Government’s Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund (through Create NSW) received in partnership with the Bathurst Aboriginal Lands Council. With the in-kind support of the Jimmy Little Foundation and Black Theatre.

Partnering with: Kalmadyne Goombridge (Jim Beale), Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, local service organisations.

Team: Tracey Callinan, Kalmadyne Goombridge, Aleshia Lonsdale, Maryanne Jaques, Bec Wilson, BMEC staff.

Artists: James Henry, Radical Son with band, Smith & Jones, The Orient Royal Mail Band + workshop leaders Jo Clancy, Aleshia Lonsdale

Images: Arts OutWest + Zenio Lapka. Main image shows Radical Son and band.