Musical dad steps up for fundraiser

WHY sell all those sausages when you can put Pete Murray on stage for the school fundraiser?

Eureka Public School is lucky enough to have the nationally-acclaimed singer/songwriter within reach, as his two sons att-end the small primary school.

This Friday night, rather than putting on a sausage sizzle to raise money for the school's music and visual arts program, as well as support programs in literacy and a shade shelter, Murray is performing at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall from 7pm.

“There are a lot of great little schools in the area that struggle, so it feels good to be able to help,” Murray said. “It just makes sense to do one big project than to try and sell sausages; you make the money a lot quicker that way.”

Murray's third album, Summer In Eureka, which debuted at No.1 on the ARIA charts, was released in 2008 and the upcoming Blue Sky Blue is scheduled for release in September.

Friday night's fundraiser could be his only gig on the Northern Rivers this year. With a national tour pencilled in to back up therelease of the album, at this stage, capital cities look to be the only ones likely in 2011.

Murray is renowned for his laidback acoustic ballads, but said Blue Sky Blue, produced by Tom Rothrock, is definitely an electric-style album.

Eureka Public School principal Michael Coleman said: “We feel privileged to have the support of these amazing musicians for our great school.”

“Pete said to me he's not as available as some of the parents because of his career, so he thought this was a great way to help out in the best way he knows how.”

Tickets to the fundraiser are $40 and available from the school, Bookshop Mullumbimby and All Music & Vision Lismore and Ballina.

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