The Stumblin' Wilburys raise funds for Timor Leste Belun Malu Choirs Project

Song over seas: The Stumblin’ Wilburys are Garry Carson Jones, Frankie J Holden, Andy O’Donnell, Pol O’Shea, Dave Crowden and Ken Vatcher.
Song over seas: The Stumblin’ Wilburys are Garry Carson Jones, Frankie J Holden, Andy O’Donnell, Pol O’Shea, Dave Crowden and Ken Vatcher.

The Stumblin’ Wilburys are back together again for an outstanding night of great musical entertainment at Club Sapphire this Friday, October 20.

The Stumblin’ Wilburys are Frankie J Holden, Andy O’Donnell, Garry Carson Jones, Ken Vatcher, Pol O’Shea and Dave Crowden .

Formed in 2008 to celebrate the music of The Travelling Wilburys, as well as the songs of their individual members, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne. Sadly with the recent passing of Tom Petty, there are now only two living members, Bob and Jeff.

It is being presented by the Bega Valley Advocates for Timor Leste to promote and raise funds for their new Timor Leste Belun Malu Choirs Project.

The Timor Leste Belun Malu Choirs Project is a musical cultural exchange program between the Bega Valley and the Natarbora region of Timor Leste.

Dave Crowden visited Natarbora in July this year with Tim Holt. They worked to develop their project and create music with schoolchildren in the area in association with the Bega Valley Advocates for Timor Leste.

“We are building a cultural exchange between the two locations,” Mr Holt said. 

“It’s in the name, Belun Malu translates to friendship in English, so it’s the core of what we are doing.”

Mr Crowden’s has made four visits to Timor Leste and has delivered over 100 instruments to the region over the last six years. 

The pair worked with the community to begin forming and organising a choir of Natarbora locals to visit Australia and tour the country in 2020. 

The Belun Malu Choirs Project also intends to send a choir from South East NSW to Timor next year.

The Belun Malu Choirs Project is a continuation of previous musical exchanges between the Bega Valley and Natarbora. 

In 2012, the Koro Loriko choir from Timor Leste toured Australia with the support of BVATL.

The BVATL is now fundraising for Belun Malu Choirs Project, beginning with The Stumblin’ Wilburys show at Club Sapphire.

Money will be raised with similar events over the next three years until the Timor Leste choir can perform in Australia. 

Doors open for The Stumblin’ Wilburys at 8 pm and the night’s entertainment will start with Colleen Spillane, accompanied on keyboard by John Drews, singing songs from her recent Eva Cassidy show.