Fred gets ready to rock
MURWILLUMBAH musician Fred Gesha was a shy child.
He found a voice through writing and playing music, which across 20 years became award-winning forms of expression.
One of the leaders of the Aboriginal music industry, Gesha joins established Gold Coast band Teleporter at the Currumbin Creek Hotel tomorrow.
He said the band would play three covers by Neil Young and Hunters and Collectors, plus Steve the drummer's original compositions.
"My music has come from my personal experiences," Gesha said.
"Songs are a type of therapy which explain life."
Gesha's Acoustic Dreaming group was named Best Original Indigenous Music Act by the 1999 Western Australian Music Industry Awards.
That same year the same group was nominated as a best new talent for the national Deadly Awards - Australia's premier indigenous music awards.
The Tweed Shire Council Aboriginal Development community services officer is a sixth generation local who continues to work for the Indigenous community.
Gesha said the 8pm Saturday show would be a mix of hard and surfer rock.
"I think it'll be a retro sort of sound.
"I really liked it when I first went and rehearsed with them, and in the future we might try to get into festivals."
While his performance career involved touring with names such as Paul Kelly, Kev Carmody and Archie Roach, Gesha was always fostering other Aboriginal artists as a leading Australia Council and Abmusic official.
Somehow he also found time to appear in Australian television series Flipper and Pacific Drive.
Teleporter will be supported tomorrow night by Tweed alternative rock trio Magnetic Drill Gang and young rockers Purple Toes.