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NAIDOC-2013-logo-inlineThe National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) week runs July 7 – 14 and the PBC is previewing the celebration with a special show on Tuesday 2 July featuring James T. Webb, Lois Olney, Patrick Woodley and Sticks Taylor playing with the PBC House Band. The NAIDOC showcase is becoming a tradition at the club in acknowledgement of the continuing Aboriginal contribution to the music industry.

This year's NAIDOC theme of We value the vision: Yirrkala Bark Petitions 1963 proudly celebrates the 50th anniversary of the presentation of the Yirrkala Bark Petitions to the Federal Parliament. You can find out more information on this theme and other NAIDOC activities from the organisation's website: www.naidoc.org.au.

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The gig is generously sponsored by City of Vincent and one not to be missed!

 

PatrickWoodleyPatrick Woodley

Patrick Woodley is a legend to many in the local Aboriginal music scene. He learnt guitar as a child after he found an old broken guitar with two strings and has since honed his art to become one of the most talented and respected musicians in Perth.

Patrick has been a major player in the Aboriginal music scene since the mid '80s. He has developed a unique style of Aboriginal Rockin' Blues, influenced by players such as Buddy Guy, BB King and Jimi Hendrix.

He has toured extensively throughout WA with his band No Shame and recently performed in London at the Border Crossing Festival. He is currently working on his new album, PJ Woodley Plays the Blues and is a regular performer at the Perth Blues Club.

Lois Olney

lois olney2-72dpiLois Olney was born in her mother's country at Roebourne. Her father was a Yamatji man from Meektharra. Her love of singing and music began at age 13 when she first heard a Billie Holiday recording.

Jazz and blues provide the foundation of Olney's performing. She also acts, playing a lead role in the 1996 film The Coolbaroo Club, which portrayed a Perth aboriginal dance and community centre popular during the 1950s and 60s as a place where Aboriginals and their white friends could relax together during a period when many restrictions were in place.

Olney recorded a CD of jazz standards, Blue Sky, Red Earth, after performing in The Coolbaroo Club.

She has begun to reclaim her indigenous culture by telling the story of her own life's journey.

James T WebbJames T Webb

James T Webb is a highly-skilled didgeridoo player. He is a tried and true exponent of his traditional instrument having played them (he has many didgeridoos) consistently for years in a traditional context with his band Wadumbah. He has also created contemporary music with the same instruments on albums for musicians who have requested his contribution.

He has also recorded theme music for documentaries and other projects as well as recording two albums with friend and skilled exponent of the violin, Erik Kowarski. He plays his instrument of choice in bands and passes on his knowledge to a select group of students.

 

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