Rising from Bushfire Ashes

IN the wake of destruction has come solidarity.

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

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

The family event 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 will 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 its photo taken on the steps of the Yarloop Hall prior to the fire.

The hall, several other buildings and 128 homes were lost in the fires.

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

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

“The next day we were contacted by Freedom Riders WA state secretary Ann Salisbury, who asked if we were able and willing 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 SouthWest fires.”

Osborne said the bands would bring an eclectic sound that would include acoustic, blues, hard rock and covers from AC/DC, Metallica and The Angels tribute bands.

He hoped the music would bring people together and lift spirits in the face of tragedy. There will be also 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 be held at Tumbulgum Park, 1475 South Western Highway, in Whitby.

The family day of entertainment will start from 11am, with the 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 fee for the markets from 11am and outdoor acoustic entertainment.

There will be a $25 entry to 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. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/BushfireAppeal-602224723267238 or search Tumbulgum Rock Bush Fire Appeal.