I was honoured to be invited by the Bangladesh Government to give the keynote speech on the national day commemorating the genocide in which an estimated three million people lost their lives in one year during the birth of their country in 1971. The Minister presented me with an original copy of the poster of George Harrison’s Concert For Bangladesh, which Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton also played at, a great reminder of the power of music to contribute to social justice.

 

 

 

Hi everyone, it’s been a while, I’ve been quite busy with my human rights work and writing and recording lots of songs in between. I’ve just been up on the Thai-Burma border with the amazing AJAR team and am on my way to Ethiopia. The stories from the survivors of the Burmese junta that we work with were humbling and inspiring and their challenges have no end in sight. As always, I have a little travel guitar with me and managed to share a few songs with them. Even in the dark times there is always music…

 

Next Thursday 21st September, at 7.30 I will be doing a show focused on using film and music to promote human rights at The King of Tonga bar/restaurant, 164A Tennyson St Elwood in Melbourne.

We will begin at 7.30pm with a showing of the film “Nina and the Stolen Children of Timor Leste,” which focuses on the work of Asia Justice and Rights (AJAR), in finding and reuniting some of those children taken by Indonesian soldiers with their families in Timor, 30 years later.

I will then play an acoustic set of original songs from Ground Zero and some from my new album, which will be released in the coming months.

All proceeds will go to AJAR’s program of reuniting more of the stolen children with their parents in Timor. Its a great venue and should be an interesting night. If you are in Melbourne, come along!

Hey everyone, you can tune in here to the interview on ABC Radio when I chatted to Jonathan Green ABC Drive Time radio about writing the songs on my new album Ground Zero & the influence of Bruce Springsteen…

“When I ended up working in Africa and the Middle East and Asia on human rights stuff I always had a little guitar with me and kept writing songs along the road….”