Week 1 of the June 2017 Desert Feet Tour… We had two missions: run a program at the two primary schools in Newman, and inspire and engage young folks at the East Pilbara Youth Centre after school. Schools Program The brief – blend musical inspiration with some education, add liberal doses […]
Last year some time, Pip, the Community Development Manager at East Pilbara Shire, and his side-kick chased me down as I was driving the Desert Feet Troopy through Nullagine, on the way home from a Desert Feet Tour. They saw the Troopy, busted a U-ey and flagged me down. It’s […]
Our Shire of East Pilbara contact, Pip, had suggested that we let the schools know we were coming to Newman. Maybe they’d be interested in some music/language/culture workshops during NAIDOC week, he said. He’s organised us to be here in Newman for NAIDOC week, culminating in a community concert on […]
The June 2017 Desert Feet Tour is underway, we’ve left Perth, driven for two days, and now rest our weary heads for 8 hours before running 6 workshops in 5 classes at two schools and the Newman Youth Centre tomorrow. What?
What happens when a prominent musician who features in many songs and film clips and photos tragically passes away? In the midst of our grief – who do we need to talk to about the practicalities of questions like – Do we need to remove all content that contains that person’s work from the web? And if so – for how long? I can tell you – this is a very difficult, heartbreaking and intrusive conversation to have. But these things are important and, tragically, we have had to make those phone calls and do those things.
Our first and only Honorary Life Member, Kankawa Nagarra (Olive Knight) has once again been nominated for a prestigious award – the Celebrate WA Aboriginal Award! The ceremony is tonight at the Crown Ballroom in Perth, Western Australia. We won’t be there in person – but we send our love and wishes […]
Another music video from the Western Desert! In April this year, we travelled with the Ngurra Kujungka mob to Irrungadji Community (Nullagine, WA) to do some school holiday program workshops. Ewan, Angus and Louise flew to Telfer Gold Mine, courtesy of the Newcrest Mining Telfer Community Relations mob, and then […]
School Holiday Program Nullagine & Punmu This was my second tour with Desert Feet, a non-for profit charity that brings musical opportunity to remote areas of WA. This time was a little different, this time we were part of a school holiday program, working with kids. It was also […]
Today we got cracking on making a song with these supercool kids in Nullagine. We had a bit of a think about it – what would be the best thing? We’ve got instruments such as violins, trumpets and that kind of ‘orchestral’ vibe. We’ve also got all the ‘band’ gear […]
We landed in Telfer yesterday, drove 5 hours to get here in Nullagine, slept. TODAY we kicked off the workshops – Louise took the lead, we played music games that broke the ice and teach beat and rhythm skills without you even knowing it! One of my favourite was this […]