Port Stephens Indigenous Artist performs original work at classical concert series

Jacob Ridgeway.
Jacob Ridgeway.

 

JACOB Ridgeway will be performing as a part of a signature series of twilight musical dialogues simply called “Australia” which celebrates his local heritage.

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Jacob is of Worimi/Kamilaroi descent.

Sally Walker’s Twilight Musical Dialogues takes listeners on a musical exploration of the uncharted heart of Australia.

It brings together great Australian musical talent, from the Indigenous to the Multi-Cultural, in celebration of the dramatic landscape, and great cultural diversity that gives structure to the intricate musical tapestry of our great Southern Land.

Ridgeway’s work draws on a rich, local heritage to acknowledge the original custodians of the land.

He will open with his original song, “Bullyman”; a musical storytelling inspired by an elder from The Stolen Generation.
Jacob Ridgeway told News Of The Area, “I am really excited to be performing in front of a classical audience.”

Jacob will be performing simply with his vocals and guitar to tell the story of his family’s experience as a part of The Stolen Generation.

“Bullyman also delivers a response to the way in which Indigenous Australians and Torres Strait Islanders have been depicted in the media in Australia since the 1950s.”

The character-driven piece delves into the life of a child stolen from her family, and her awakening to the wrongs in her life and what she had missed.

“I would love to see Bullyman transformed into a short film and I am currently working on building a monologue which will tell the story in a different medium,” he said.

Ridgeway will perform Bullyman at the Twilight Musical Dialogue on Friday 15 September 2017 at 6pm at Adamstown Uniting Church.

 

By Marian SAMPSON

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