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Council grants for
By Lisa Pahl
The district s Scottish musicians will look
a little dressier with new sporrans, thanks
to a Mt Barker Council grant.
The Mt Barker Caledonian Society Pipes and
Drums will receive $2500 to buy the traditional
purse-style accompaniments to their uniforms.
The money comes from the council s first round
of its annual Community Grants program.
A further $2500 will go to the Carer Wellness
Centre for its Young Carer Support Program,
while the same amount will also be given to the
Mt Barker Bowling Club to upgrade appliances.
Also receiving $2500 are the Nairne RSL
Sub-branch for the purchase of new meeting
room chairs and tables and the Dunn Memorial
Uniting Church in Mt Barker for paving and
Karen Montgomery Kspace will receive $2055
for a Grow Eat Share program, with $2000 for
Reclink Australia s New Horizons Program for
The Mt Barker RSL has been granted $1940
for a replacement defibrillator, while the Nairne
Bremer United Football Club receives $1500 for
a pitch cover and goalposts.
Another $1500 will go to Hills Radio for
community involvement and awareness
The Littlehampton Peace Memorial Hall will
purchase a commercial dishwasher with its
$1000 grant, while the Mt Barker Baptist Men s
Shed will put its $1000 towards a woodworking
The Macclesfield Community Association s
History Group receives $1000 to buy a panel
display system, and the Mt Barker District
Concert Band and Big Band will spend its
$1000 on new big band stand covers.
The Flaxley Memorial Hall will put its
$800 towards insulation and the supply and
installation of a security storage cabinet,
while the Macclesfield RSL will use its $500 to
preserve its local history collection.
The grants were approved at a council meeting
late last year.
The council will also spend a further $1500 to
buy two marquees to loan to community groups.
By Melissa Keogh
Ironbank songstress Abbey
Howlett has had an ear for music
since childhood when she first
banged on a drum set and sparked
her "new obsession".
The 25-year-old musician is now busy
perfecting her unique sound and will
next month strum her guitar alongside
Melbourne-based, sassy jazz and blues
artist Mojo Juju.
Miss Howlett will collaborate with
the soul sister as part of a professional
mentorship funded through youth arts
Under the creative development
grant, Miss Howlett will also take part
in a short course with the Australian
Institute of Music to further her
knowledge in music technology.
"I saw Mojo Juju with one of her
bands and I was blown away and have
looked up to her ever since," she said.
"I gave her one of my CDs and six
months later she asked me to come
and support her when she came to
Adelaide, which I ended up doing
Miss Howlett who is self-taught in
the piano and guitar, has put her life
and soul into making her musical
dreams come true, and has supported
her ventures by working in hospitality.
"After seven years I m at a point
where I need to make music my career
and my everything, I just want to do
music now," she said.
The pint-sized songbird has recently
broken free from her four-piece band
Abbey Howlett and the Golden Realm,
which celebrated success with its
Collectively EP and a sold-out Adelaide
Miss Howlett has kept half the name
-- Golden Realm -- in which she will
become known and soon release a new
album full of earthy, hip-hop inspired
She will also collaborate with Upper
Sturt visual artist Aida Azin to create
the album artwork, including designs
on old vinyl records.
"CDs are almost a dying thing now,
but I like the novelty of keeping music
as a piece of artwork, so that s why I
chose to release it both digitally and on
old records," Miss Howlett said.
"I have a pet emu Oomie, who makes
an amazing sound, which we ll record
and feature on one of the new tracks.
"I hope to make creativity my life and
just keeping making music with artists
I love, tour the world and become
respected by other musicians."
Abbey Howlett, a.k.a
Golden Realm, will
travel to Melbourne
next month to
collaborate with well
known blues artist
-- Abbey Howlett
Grant provides soul sister mentorship
screening at the
NATIONAL MOTOR MUSEUM
saturday 13 february 2016 birdwood
cool beats from
Tickets available from nationalmotormuseum.com.au
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