Indigenous trio with special needs have passion for Blues
THREE Northern Rivers men with special needs and of Aboriginal background have found a new passion in music in Brotherhood of the Blues, a band formed by people with mixed abilities.
The main singers of the band are Lismore's Luke Murray, 25, a Bundjalung man who lives with cerebral palsy; Lismore's Zac Paden, 22, also a Bundjalung man who has hemiplegic cerebral palsy; and Kyogle's John Cieslak, 25, a Yawuru man (from the Broome area in Western Australia) who has Robinow Syndrome.
Last year, both Luke and John were successful in their application for a $10,000 grant from My Choice Matters, the NSW Consumer Development Fund, which supports disabled people in the state.
Luke, John and Zac decided to use the grant to record and produce a four-track self-titled EP at the prestigious Studios 301, which has hosted sessions for artists such as The Mars Volta, Angus & Julia Stone, The Living End and Powderfinger.
The album is a limited edition release and will be available on their launch night. A digital release will available through iTunes in the coming months.
The launch event is also going be filmed as part of a documentary which is being made about the recording project.
The event will be a fundraiser for Realising Every Dream Incorporated (R.E.D. Inc), the organisation that brought the singers together through Mitch Halligan, their support planner and work/training coordinator.
Brotherhood of the Blues will be launching its album on Friday, May 15, at the Lismore Bowling Club from 6pm.