John Butler, the Waifs and San Cisco perform at Fire Aid concert to raise money for bushfires
Four of Western Australia’s most beloved artists will perform together at a one-off Fire Aid concert to raise funds for fire services combatting the deadly eastern states bushfires which have wiped out thousands of homes.
Award winning musicians John Butler, The Waifs, San Cisco and Stella Donnelly will unite on Friday January 31 at Fremantle Arts Centre with all proceeds from ticket sales going to New South Wales and Victoria fire services, local communities and wildlife organisations.
For Josh Cunningham and David Macdonald from The Waifs and some past members of John Butler Trio the fundraiser is close to their hearts, after they were forced to evacuate their homes.
Despite leaving behind his home on the New South Wales south coast, Josh Cunningham said he feels fortunate to have escaped unharmed.
“I’m one of the lucky ones whose property and life has been spared to this point. Many have not been so lucky and those who are still on high alert as fires remain out of control face a very real and imminent threat.
“It’s a humbling privilege to be part of a benefit concert to help raise money and morale in the face of this horrendous crisis.”
Currently Australia’s bushfire season has claimed 26 lives and it was estimated on Tuesday that over one billion animals had been affected nationally since the fires started in September 2019.
John Butler, the front man of Fremantle formed John Butler Trio, said performing in the Fire Aid concert is the least he can do.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to all those that have fallen victim to this national disaster and hopefully gigs like this can make even the smallest of meaningful difference.”
Tickets for Fire Aid can be purchased from Thursday January 9 at Oztix or at the bands’ websites and, while funds will be used to sent help efforts in the country’s east, profits from merchandise sales on the night will be donated to WA fire service organisations.
For music fans unable to attend, a recording of the Fire Aid gig can be pre-ordered and downloaded after the event, with all proceeds also donated to fire causes.