Monthly Archives: October 2013

Written on Monday, October 28th, 2013

Since our last post, so much has happened, it would take forever to catch you up. So here’s a video snapshot of our wonderful spent in broome and the Dampier Peninsula. Enjoy!

The 2013 Crossing Roper Bar Tour from home4waywardchildren on Vimeo.

Written on Friday, October 18th, 2013


The Crossing Roper Bar team has just spent a glorious week in Kununurra and the picturesque Dampier Peninsula.

We arrived in Kununurra last saturday from Darwin pumped after a marvellous opening concert in Darwin, and ready to wow Kunuurra audience. Despite hot but calm weather predictions by the weather bureau, we were hit by a surprise wild storm just hours before the concert at Ivanhoe Farm was scheduled to start. 130 km per hour winds and pouring rain, soaked the venue and created enormous consternation for both crew and audience alike. Fortunately,  it  all passed by 6.30pm, and furious efforts by all meant the show still went up, albeit slightly delayed at 7.30pm. Our wonderful audience loved every minute of the performance, and seemed remarkably unphased by the storm. The show must go on…


From Kununurra, we hit the road, and headed to One Arm Point and Djarindjin/Lombadina. At One Arm Point we were made to feel very welcome by the wonderfully generous community. The students at the local school were in awe at the performance held on the school grounds.  Principal Keith Spencer proclaimed that he had never seen them sit still for so long. That night we held a special evening concert under mango tree on school lawn. The community came out in force – adults,  kids, dogs,  and a special welcome by Ardyaloon Chairman Peter Hunter.  The community generously supplied local delicacies for us including a very tasty satay turtle!

Look out for the next chapter of our adventures on the Dampier Peninsula and beyond as The Crossing Roper Tour continues south.  Special thanks must go to the wonderfully warm hospitality of the team at Cygnet Bay Pearls.  They have looked after us extremely well during our stay on the Peninsula. Next stop Broome!  Stay tuned..


Written on Sunday, October 13th, 2013

_MG_8037Darwin is always an incredibly welcoming and friendly town to visit, and  despite the heat and humidity was the perfect place to kick off the Crossing Roper Bar tour. Our artists arrived on the Wednesday before the Friday night concert, and after a site inspection of the Darwin Supreme Court on Wednesday afternoon, spent a relaxing evening at Darwin’s Stokes Hill Wharf, enjoying some cooling sea breezes, a stunning sunset and some delicious local seafood. Thursday was a day of rehearsal, with the our team taking over the Harbour room of the Christchurch cathedral for an intensive session fine tuning and preparing for the following night’s concert. Friday was spent preparing the venue, some media commitments and soundchecks, but otherwise enjoying Darwin’s warmth and even warmer hospitality.

The majestic Darwin Supreme Court provided the perfect venue for our first concert of the tour, it was grand but welcoming and intimate enough, to make for an extremely sensory experience for our appreciative Darwin audience. After an official Welcome to Country and lovely rendition of iconic Darwin song, Arafura Pearl by Larrakia woman, Ali Mills, the performance began. The audience were spellbound as sound after miraculous sound washed over them  –  intensity,  beauty and intricate artistry as the Australian Art Orchestra members, Stephen Pigram and The Wagilak Songmen, weaved their sonorous magic.

The concert ended to fervent applause, and the audience was rewarded with an interactive encore.  We thank you Darwin for your warmth, welcome and support. Next stop Kununurra!  Stay tuned for more tour updates!

Written on Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

There’s been a bit of buzz around the traps lately about the Crossing Roper Bar Tour. And with less than a week to go until we launch it in Darwin, it’s hardly surprising the anticipation has been building. Darwin people, may have noticed our commercial on your local Channel 9 TV channels. But media around the country have also been talking up our latest endeavour. Here’s what they have been saying..

Radio National

Abc Local Radio in Darwin did a spirited interview between Paul Grabowsky and ABC’s richard Margetsen last week.

First nation Telegraph 

Creative Foyer.

and hot off the press Darwin’s Off The Leash

Tune in next week to  Radio National’s Awaye program, and later this week to GrindOnline.

Plus check back regularly here as we post all the buzz about Crossing Roper Bar. Darwin, with only 3 more sleeps until the tour kicks off, make sure you get your tickets early. Book Now, if you haven’t already.