7 pm Saturday 24 August 2019
Phillips Hall, Gardiners Crescent Blackheath

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Auspiced by Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre and supported by its choir The Heathens in its 10th anniversary year.



Supported by a grant from Bendigo Bank and from Scenic World.


You are invited to participate in a unique choir event that will bring together your instincts for social justice and your passion for making music.

Bulgamada means ‘mountain water’ in Dharug language, the indigenous language of Sydney and the Blue Mountains. Baraymari means ‘big sing’ which is what will bring us together between 30 June and 24 August, using culture, language and song to build and strengthen indigenous and non-indigenous relationships in the Blue Mountains.

Dharug Ngurra Aboriginal Corporation, formally known as Darug Tribal Aboriginal Corporation, has offered their support and encouragement for this project. They have offered the Dharug language names for the project’s title and sub-title. They add:

‘We extend our commitment to supporting the artists and organisations involved, to develop new and long-term pathways, connecting, sharing and celebrating each other.’

Photo: Peter Adams

Jacinta TobinAunty Jacinta Tobin is a Dharug woman who believes music is a wonderful form of education and life. A recipient of many awards for her practice of this philosophy, and an accomplished songwriter, Jacinta will teach us a song in language and sing us some of her own stories of the local history of this region.

Lexodious DaddUncle Lexodious Dadd is a Dharug man from the Cannemegal clan of the Sydney area. An intriguing storyteller, artist, singer and practitioner of traditional tool making and bush craft, Lex will weave his stories and knowledge through our performances.

Glenn SkuthorpeGlenn Skuthorpe. With six highly regarded albums to his name and featuring in the line ups at Byron Bay Blues Fest, Woodford, Calgary and Edmonton Folk Music Festivals, Nhunggabarra, Kooma, Muruwari man and international touring singer-songwriter Glenn Skuthorpe from Goodooga in north west NSW is a masterful storyteller and compelling performer, who gives voice to those whose stories must be heard.

In addition to songs from the above artists, we will include songs from eminent songwriters Archie Roach and Kev Carmody. We’ll be asking you learn 6 songs in total, most of which are not complicated but well worth learning. Three songs will be choir only, while in the other three the choir will back our soloists.

Our concert band will be headed up by multi-award winning and versatile local musician Llew Kiek.

Highly regarded local choral director and composer Rowen Fox will take on the role of rehearsal and concert conductor.

The Heathens Choir director Christine Wheeler is the project’s instigator and artistic director.

This is a project of Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre (BANC).

Rehearsals and performances, dates and places

All rehearsals and the performance will take place in Blackheath Community Hall. Your participation in the project assumes your attendance at both rehearsals as well as the performance weekend:

Sunday 30 June 10-4pm – with Rowen and Chris. Note learning for all songs.

Sunday 28 July 10-3pm – with Rowen and Chris. Refining and going deeper.

Saturday 24 August – rehearsal of all songs with the band and soloists (10am-2pm), followed by a performance on Saturday evening (7-9pm).

Concert tickets will be on sale from Monday 01 July

Registration for choristers

(Note. If you have any queries, please email chris@christinewheeler.net.au.)

Please complete this form after paying the $50 registration fee. This fee will enable us to properly reimburse each of the wonderful musicians involved in this project. Your registration covers sheet music, home rehearsal resources and fees for the three days of rehearsal.

Payment Methods

  1. Pay cash at BANC, Gardiner Crescent, Blackheath. BANC needs to be able to identify who has made a payment into their account, and the purpose of the payment, so please use the reference structure below for BANC’s account. (NB. Include BM to identify the payment for Bulgmada.)
  2. Pay by EFT into the following account

Name:             Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre
BSB:                633000
Account:         119265700

Complete the form and hit SUBMIT: