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Washuntara Concert

Washuntara Concert

By Joe Starkey

 

 

 

  Sometimes the difference between famous and rich and playing small concerts at the Abilene Unity Church and travel money is simply time. The rich story telling music scene of the 60s and early 70’s would have welcomed this extremely talented singer and songwriter from the Australian bush country and sent him to stardom. Instead he couples his performing and song writing skills with public speaking “working at the human coalface for the dying, the aged, the unwell, the unprotected, uninspired and unloved. His vibrant song and magnificent tales from the ordinary life make hearing him speak as akin to a human volcano.”  {{more}} He has played at Sir Paul McCartney’s end of tour party in Japan, a charitable benefit for the BUSH Family at the Whitehouse and with the Eagles, Jerry Lee Lewis, INXS, and Garth Brooks to name some of the wide variety of music acts that his music touches. Washuntara and Tony jamming. Photo by Joe StarkeyYes, I was supposed to choose between Gospel Fest and the Plum Street Methodist Church Black history events but when both wife and daughter separately say “you must hear” then you go. I planned a quick dash in, a couple of images and off to one of the other events. Arrived fashionably late due to lunch with my mother and sister, sat down, made a few images but by the end of the first song knew I wasn’t going anywhere as long as this man was willing and able to sing. From 1:30 till after 4:30 he sang and inspired those gathered. This was not a religious singer but a secular man who sings of life as it is lived and can be. You can get more information about him and his music at http://www.washutara.com/. And yes, I did ask the origin of his name and got the simple answer that “it is a choice name. I’m Buddhist and we are allowed to choose a name.” “…in the end it’s up to us” from the song The Truth Is by Washuntara.   Washuntara, Sarah and the Backup Bear Band. Photo by Joe Starkey

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