As we write this, fires are all around, to the south and east, with the far south coast bracing itself yet again after the devastation of New Year’s Eve.
One of the towns badly hit then was Cobargo, where people have died, homes lost, properties damaged, animals killed, and the historic heart of this beautiful village razed to the ground.
The neighbouring village of Quaama was similarly fire-ravaged, including the house we always stayed in when we performed at the Cobargo Folk Festival, which we’ve done many times. In fact, our first shows of the year were due to be at the festival, which was scheduled to take place in late Feb/early March, but now has been understandably postponed.
The festival is always held at the Cobargo Showground, which has now been immortalised around the world as the site of the famous snubbing of ScoMo. The very same venue is now Cobargo Bushfire Relief Centre.
Instead of our festival appearance, we are performing one of the shows we were due to do there, but as a fundraiser for the Cobargo Community Bushfire Recovery Fund.*
The show is called Silver Heads and Golden Leaders, marking the 25th anniversary of us doing political satire, coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the Cobargo Folk Festival.
Since 1995 we have documented our political landscape throughout the reigns of a number of silver headed golden leaders (and a redhead) from Keating to ScoMo, and all in between.
Recall Hanson and Abbott, be reminded of being alert but not alarmed, of children overboard, of GFC stimuli, a hung parliament, a great big toxic tax, a suppository of wisdom, the ETS and the NEG, not to mention Shane Warne’s mum and John Hopoate’s finger. And that’s not all.
Our special guest will be multi-instrumentalist, Dave O’Neill, who has been heavily involved with the Cobargo Folk Festival over many years.
Gorman and Ainslie Arts Centres have kindly supported us by giving us the venue and all resources. We are donating our time, as is Dave, so every penny made will go to the community.
Be entertained, have a laugh, be moved, meet some Cobargo residents, and help a worthy cause. We hope to see you at Silver Heads and Golden Leaders.
Fri Feb 21, 8pm, Ainslie Arts Centre, Elouera St, Braddon. $40/35. Bookings at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/silver-heads-and-golden-leaders-tickets-92143324163, or phone 6182 0000, or call in person at Gorman House Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Ave, Braddon, 10am-4pm Mon-Fri. (Let us know if you have any difficulties booking.)
John and Moya
*Cobargo Community Bushfire Recovery Fund is an initiative of the Cobargo Show Society Inc, The Cobargo Folk Festival and the Yuin Folk Club Inc, The Bowerbird Opportunity Shop, and the Cobargo Cooperative Society Ltd.