There’s not a lot of time between events, by the time I went up to Clare briefly and said how much I enjoyed the session it was time to make my way to the oval to Marquee 2. This was a young audience and only about two grades. As I’ve already mentioned, the Marquee’s are hot. Right from the start, Lucas has his young audience in the palm of his hand.
Session 1.45pm to 2.30pm – Marquee 2
Lucas Proudfoot is one of Australia’s most versatile children’s performers, playing guitar, didgeridoo and stompbox to over 120,00 kids each year. He is a multi-platform storyteller, sharing stories through his music, books and live performances.
In recent years, he has been touring Australia performing his cultural show, Circular Rhythm, where he delivers an entertaining and contemporary Indigenous Australian music experience, inviting young audiences to learn about Indigenous cultures through a live show full of fun and interaction. He has shared stages alongside a host of Australia’s most renowned children’s performers including Hi5, Justine Clarke, Jay Laga’aia and Yo Gabba Gabba, performing his cultural show, Circular Rhythm. Lucas is a proud member of the Tweed Coast Aboriginal and Islander community and lives on the Gold Coast with his wife and their young daughter. http://www.theproudfoots.com.au
Lucas started by saying he’s a performance artist, who had been on Playschool.
He introduced his instruments and the characters they portray.
Billy Bluetongue – the Drum or Stompbox
Pat the Wombat – Didgeridoo
Koolaz Koala – plays guitar.
In the first twenty minutes, he had connected with the kids.
Lucas began by saying stories come in many different ways, heritage is a big part of his.
His Grandfather was ‘Proudfoot’ and that’s his Scottish side. It’s easy to start when you’re passionate about things.
He grew up at Nan’s place where he would go fishing and follow tracks down to the beach. Jullum – fish, is a big part of his background, catching mud crabs among the mango trees. They would eat all that food, and they had music.
The music was –
Short – Fast – Fun
Lucas said his parents were teachers
Dad played the guitar and Uncle played spoon on the belly (this had the kids in hysterics).
Lucas said he writes about his experiences, the places he’s visited and the people he’s met. There’s a little about the languages and learning about cultures in each of his books.
Magic Globe? What Magic Globe?
Shaka Shaka Hawaii
Rocking in Japan
Culture – not all aboriginals play the didgeridoo, not in South Australia, Victoria or Tasmania, they did not play the didgeridoo only in Arnhem land they did.
Why do we paint a didgeridoo?
To give it a point of difference and to tell a story. This one has the story of the diamondback turtle.
What a magical way to end the day. The kid’s laughter ringing in my ears.
After ending the day on a high I couldn’t wait to get back for more on Friday.
Stay tuned for the next instalment.