BAND’S ACT OF COMPASSION
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.facebook.com/B ushfire-Appeal602224723267238.
Doug Eames, Skip Hollis, Ann Salisbury, Rod Pearson and Mal Osborne.