Inaugural IDPWD Day concert an overwhelming success

LEADERS: Rock 'n Blue Krew members Darcy Cutten, Sean Hill, Nat Young, Rory Tyrrell with support workers Andy Leigh and Gordon Armstrong, and committee member Josh Pearce in the background. Photo: Dani Brown.
LEADERS: Rock 'n Blue Krew members Darcy Cutten, Sean Hill, Nat Young, Rory Tyrrell with support workers Andy Leigh and Gordon Armstrong, and committee member Josh Pearce in the background. Photo: Dani Brown.

About 150 people attended a concert held at the Middleton Pioneer Hall on Tuesday, December 3 as part of International Day of People With a Disability celebrations.

The festival was run by the Rock 'n Blues Krew - a group of young men with a disability, including Darcy Cutten, Sean Hill, Josh Pearce, Nat Young and Rory Tyrell.

They organised the logistics of the event with help from support workers Andy Leigh and Gordon Armstrong.

The event saw local artists, bands and DJs perform, including Maggie O'Moore, Rainey, DJ Huggy, Music Matters, Unity, and The Wipeys.

Maggie O'Moore, a singer with autism, launched her new single (Dis)Ability to Love at the festival.

Mr Leigh said groups of people travelled from as far as Mount Barker, Strathalbyn and Cape Jervis, along with many locals from Hindmarsh Island through to Encounter Bay.

"With an inaugural event, you're never too sure how it will go," he said.

"Gordon and the boys and I are very happy."

He said the group has already received requests of more regular events, and planned to make it at least an annual festival.

Mr Armstrong said the highlights had been the performances and seeing everyone enjoying themselves.

"There's been a lot of dancing," he said.

He thanked the artists who donated their time.

Profits from tickets sales helped raise funds for programs run by Community Living Australia on the south coast, as did a sausage sizzle and refreshments.