Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - COMEDY -

IN THE wake of de­struc­tion has come sol­i­dar­ity.

As peo­ple across WA feel the pain of those who lost ev­ery­thing in the South­West bush­fire tragedy, lo­cal bands have come to­gether to unite peo­ple through mu­sic.

On Satur­day, Jan­uary 30, Free­dom Rid­ers WA will present Tum­bul­gum Rock Bush­fire Ap­peal.

The fam­ily fun day out will con­tinue into the night with per­for­mances from AC/DC trib­ute band Hells Bells, 4 Horse­men, Over the Top, Rockit, 50Fifty and Bad­piper.

The Fly By Night Mu­si­cians Club have come on board to spon­sor the out­door blues stage fea­tur­ing Dirt­wa­ter Bloom, Rob Walker, Dilip ‘n the Davs, Wait­ing 4 Andy, Adam Boddy, Steve Tal­lis and Richard Glover.

Hells Bells gui­tarist Mal Os­borne said his band re­cently had their photo taken at the Yar­loop Hall prior to the fire. The hall, along with other build­ings and 128 homes, has since been de­stroyed.

“What struck me was that the vic­tims who had lost ev­ery­thing were also he­roes in my eyes,” he said.

“While fight­ing back tears, they were help­ing oth­ers, and th­ese are the peo­ple we see at our shows.

“The next day we were con­tacted by Free­dom Rid­ers WA, who asked us to play at a fundraiser for Yar­loop.

“It just seemed right. We hope to do all we can to help the vic­tims and he­roes of the South-West fires.”

Os­borne said he hoped the mu­sic would bring peo­ple to­gether and lift spir­its in the face of tragedy.

There will be a host of other ac­tiv­i­ties for the whole fam­ily to en­joy dur­ing the day, in­clud­ing mar­kets, chil­dren’s en­ter­tain­ment and food stalls.

The event will take place at Tum­bul­gum Park, lo­cated at 1475 South Western High­way in Whitby.

The day of en­ter­tain­ment will start 11am with mu­sic kick­ing off on two stages later in the evening.

Mu­sic on the Fly By Night Club out­door stage will start from 1pm and mu­sic in the au­di­to­rium will start at 5pm.

There is a $5 en­try for the mar­kets from 11am and out­door acous­tic en­ter­tain­ment, $25 will get you into the au­di­to­rium from 5pm.

All pro­ceeds will be do­nated to the Wa­roona and District Fires Ap­peal 2016, which has been ac­ti­vated by the Lord Mayor's Dis­tress Re­lief Fund and vol­un­teer groups. Visit www.face­ ush­fire-Ap­peal602224723267238.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek­mu­ni­ d448624

Doug Eames, Skip Hollis, Ann Sal­is­bury, Rod Pear­son and Mal Os­borne.

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