Local musicians have organised a massive eight hour concert ‘SAP-2’ to raise funds for Lithgow’s Resilience Festival, a new event mixing mental health awareness with music appreciation. The fundraising concert is next Saturday at the Lithgow Tin Shed.
Lithgow’s Sam Williams, who goes by the stage name Sam Bucca, will be performing his own brand of unplugged punk.
As one of the organisers of the Resilience festival, Sam had the idea to create a fundraiser based on SAP (‘Songwriters and Performers’), a concert self-funded by Lithgow artists held in Katoomba’s Baroque Room in 2016. The concert out-sold Josh Pyke, who played the venue the week before.
The original line up will be returning to play SAP-2 including Julz & Ez, Dave Webb, Cat Thomas, Jimmi Carr, Kell, Mahala, Melton James, Patty O’Reilly, Mel/Midda, Erin Cobcroft and Aiden Abbey.
“This is the second time we have run it and the idea has always been to give Lithgow musicians a platform to perform original work. This time we have extended it to Central West and Blue Mountains musicians,” Sam said.
“It should be a pretty eclectic mix, everyone’s got their own style and way of writing songs,” he said.
“They’re all polished performers and compose pretty good works.”
Sam said that while the concert spans many genres, the majority of the artists use music to reflect on mental health and their experience of living in Lithgow.
“I think there’s a singularity and heaviness in Lithgow that pulls and holds its citizen to this place. And Lithgow draws a lot of people back,” he said.
“If you find yourself creative in any way and you can live in that singularity and heaviness, I think it tends to produce a lot of creative types: artists, poets, musicians, black smiths.
“It think it’s a secluded, calm, cool, creative thing we’ve got here. It’s pretty awesome.”
He was looking forward to seeing his sister Mahala perform as well as Cat Thomas.
“Her music is extremely pretty and sweet and there’ a lot of good humor in it as well.”
Entry to SAP-2 is $10, with performances beginning at 3pm and running till late. All proceeds go towards Resilience 2018.