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Music and teamwork open doors


Daniel Glossip, Kai Calotes, Lorraine Dutton, Toby Finlayson and Jemmah Knight enjoying the writing and recording process for the new video. Photo TWH

Bourke High School

A group of Bourke High School students had the chance to follow in the footsteps of former students in an innovative music video project which will showcase the wealth of musical talent in Bourke.

The end result will be an original song and music video which will be premiered in a community celebration in November.

The songwriting and filming project was supported through Desert Pea Media, which has strong links to Bourke and is the artistic organisation behind the B-Town Warriors.

Those young performers, under the guidance of Toby Finlayson and the Desert Pea Media team, created a ground-breaking song and video, ‘People of the Red Sunset’, one of a number of songs which received critical acclaim far beyond the Bourke levee bank.

On Friday, members of the B-Town Warriors, all former Bourke High School students, along with the Desert Pea Media team, held a brainstorming session at the school with current students.

Principal Murray Cronin said the collaboration between the former and current students had a strong purpose that would have an ongoing impact on young people in Bourke.

“The team at Desert Pea Media have been around for a long time and that previous collaboration on the song and music video with our school had a real impact,” Mr Cronin said.

“What is unique about this project is that we requested that members of the B-Town Warriors be part of it so current students could work with ex-students, and we could showcase these guys as role models and positive influences in our community.


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