Music keeps on growing at Jigamy Farm

Gabadoo performs at the 2016 community concert.
Gabadoo performs at the 2016 community concert.

For the third year in a row, South East Arts is bringing back the very successful Grow the Music program to the Far South Coast. 

This time, in addition to the workshops and community concert at the Wallaga Lake Koori Village last Friday, there will be a program run with the Eden community and a public community concert at the Monaroo Bobberrer Gudu Keeping Place at Jigamy on Saturday, October 28. 

The free community concerts are also part of a longer term initiative building towards the Giiyong Festival at Jigamy in September 2018. They are the culmination of weeks of hard work by performers, music teachers Lizzy Rutten and Emily White, and Jazz Williams from South East Arts.

Grow the Music’s programs provide unique and specialised workshops, mentoring, recording and performance opportunities. Participants go from not knowing anything about music at all to performing in one of the community concerts within a few weeks. 

CJ Leon performing in the Grow the Music Showcase at Candelo Village Festival 2017.

CJ Leon performing in the Grow the Music Showcase at Candelo Village Festival 2017.

Grow the Music’s tangible always produce a positive health and well-being outcome for the participants and community. “We understand the importance of building on successful programs like Grow the Music in local Aboriginal communities, and not just leaving a void after new skills have been learnt with few avenues for further opportunities,” South East Arts general manager, Andrew Gray said.

One fantastic outcome of the Grow the Music residencies at Wallaga Lake is the employment of Warren Foster Jnr as a facilitator on recent Grow the Music programs in Mutitjulu, Docker River and Eden.

Attendees are encouraged to register their attendance to help organisers plan the event. The event at Jigamy runs from 5pm to 7pm. Gold coin donation.