Jungala, Uncle Pete, Pete Birch Marshall – has been dancing a long time and began dancing with the Byron Bay mob after he was ‘adopted’ by Aunty Linda Vidler after he came to the Bay in 1985. But recently he had a leg amputated due to the impacts of diabetes and smoking.
‘I was in so much pain I wouldn’t wish it on anybody,’ he said.
To get back to the dancing he loves Uncle Pete needs a hand to get a good prosthetic leg and musician and friend William Crighton is asking if you can lend a hand.
‘Junala is a great fella, a real great spirit! I decided it would be cool to do something to help him. It is a time when we need to help each other out,’ Crighton said.
‘This is the sixth campfire we’ve done over the COVID lockdown. We couldn’t play gigs so we decided to have campfires in my backyard with guests and stream them.’
The online event will start at 8pm this Tuesday 9 June and will go for around three hours with plenty of special guests.
‘There are a bunch of different artists getting involved. That includes Missy Higgins, William Barton, and Lukas Nelson as a start. We will have guests coming and hanging around the campfire and going online live and others who will have recorded their performance,’ he said.
‘We’ll be playing music and hanging around the campfire chatting. I asked my friends to donate their time. Some didn’t know Uncle Pete personally but they had heard me talk about him and had been touched by his spirit. Everyone I asked said yes.
‘It is a free concert if you don’t have any money but want to share the love. We need a lot of that at the moment.’
The show will remain on Crighton’s Fabook page for about a week. You can donate to help Jungala from today.