VERY ABLE: Musicians from the RealArtWorks and R.E.D. Inc projects share the stage with local professional musos.
VERY ABLE: Musicians from the RealArtWorks and R.E.D. Inc projects share the stage with local professional musos.

Very talented, VeryAbility

A COUPLE of Friday nights back saw some wonderfully gifted young disabled musicians from the RealArtWorks and R.E.D. (Realising Every Dream) Inc projects share the stage with local professional musos.
The ‘Jump On It’ night was the build-up gig to the Lismore VeryAbility Project. Kicking off with The Ball of Love featuring Bandwagon, the festival of live music, visual arts, dance, moving images, performance, multimedia and puppetry runs from November 28 to December 4.
This night, though, was all about the music.
And, as RealArtWorks founder Zeb Shultz explained, “building and enhancing a cultural network between the professional music community and musicians with disabilities”.
Black Ghost Party, Invisible Friend and Fyah Walk were all special guest supports of Bandwagon.
Bandwagon features members of those bands plus talented individuals with disabilities.
And what talent! Brian Smith, a young keyboard player who suffers from autism, is blind but you wouldn’t know it. He plays with energy and a smile and style reminiscent of the young Stevie Wonder.
And I was totally blown away with how someone so small can hit the drums with such power. John Cieslak suffers from Robinow Syndrome, an extremely rare inherited disorder characterised by short stature.The enthusiasm and love in the room was amazingly infectious and the artists, punters and families were so proud of what was taking place.


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