Australian music icons the John Butler Trio and Clare Bowditch are banding together to protect an iconic landscape, Western Australia’s Kimberley.
Musical powerhouses the John Butler Trio and Clare Bowditch will perform at a free open-air concert in Melbourne’s Federation Square on Friday, October 5, from 6pm to 9pm.
Missy Higgins will send a message of support to the “Concert for the Kimberley” from where she is touring in the United States. Former Australian Greens leader Dr Bob Brown will also address the crowd.
The concert will also be broadcast live around the world at www.concertforthekimberley.com.au
The Kimberley has Australia’s most pristine coastline, home to the world’s largest humpback whale nursery and threatened dolphins, sea turtles and dugongs.
But it is now threatened as oil and gas giants Woodside, Shell, BHP Billiton, BP, Mitsubishi and Mitsui plan to build Australia’s biggest industrial development on the stunning red cliffs of the Kimberley’s James Prices Point, a significant indigenous heritage site and home to the longest chain of dinosaur footprints on the planet.
The John Butler Trio have been long-time supporters and campaigners for the protection of the Kimberley, proudly supporting the brave Broome community, which has campaigned long and hard against this environmentally destructive project being built on its doorstep.
The Trio toured Australia under the “Save the Kimberley” banner in 2010. This band has some great history opening country music concerts and having great country music influence on their music. Revered for their brilliant live performances and superb musicianship, the John Butler Trio are one of the most successful independent bands of the current era, both locally and on the global stage. Having released five studio albums and toured the world over the past 10 years, they have become recognised as one of the great musical acts of our generation.
“The Kimberley is one of my most favourite places on this planet,” Butler said. “It’s so pristine and dynamic; a rich and diverse countryside offering brilliant coastal blues alongside vivid red cliffs. It’s culturally and environmentally abundant; a rare and beautifully wild place. To think of industrialising this truly special region in order to exploit a resource when it is more profitable and practical to process it somewhere else seems absolutely ludicrous. On all grounds, economically, environmentally, socially and politically, the proposed gas refinery at James Price Point is not sustainable.“This why I’m standing with my fellow citizens in Federation Square on October 5 to sing out loud and proud that we will not allow one of the most precious places we have in our country to be destroyed by political and corporate greed.”
Clare Bowditch will interrupt her national tour promoting her just-released fifth album, “The Winter I Chose Happiness”, to play the Concert for the Kimberley. Bowditch, who started the year starring as the honey-voiced Rosanna in Channel Ten’s hit show Offspring, will perform her always fantastic mix of sublime melodies and ethereal songs, all wrapped up with her unmistakable humour and presence.
“I believe passionately in protecting beauty that, once destroyed, can never be recreated,” Bowditch said. “The Kimberley is one of those things, so when I was asked to help join the fight I jumped at the chance.”
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