Bundaberg musician Matthew Barker.
Bundaberg musician Matthew Barker. Max Fleet BUN011113MAT4

Bundy singer working to make a brighter Christmas

WHEN you hear the soulful sound of Matthew Barker's voice you can hear there is something behind his music.

Matthew's story telling and genuine giving nature will be shared this Christmas, not in the way of 12 days of Christmas but in Seven Days of Umoja.

The father-of-two, with another on the way, said it hits home when he hears about those who are struggling.

And with Christmas around the corner he wanted to help in the best way he could by singing and fundraising.

He will embark on the seven days of concerts around the Wide Bay - the first starting Sunday at Maryborough before returning to Bundaberg for the next six days.

Matthew's drive behind the fundraising event is not only to celebrate the Christmas spirit of giving, but also to engage with the Bundaberg community.

Umoja Orphanage - vet.
Photo: contributed
Umoja Orphanage - vet. Photo: contributed contributed

The musician chose to raise money for the not for profit African orphanage which was set up by Bundaberg school teacher Cathy Booth in 2012.

"A lot of organisations struggle at this time of year,” he said.

"Here in Australia we are very lucky and if I can help others who are not so lucky, I will.”

The performances will be held day and night to cater to the whole of the community.

Umoja Orpanage - quilt.
Photo: contributed
Umoja Orpanage - quilt. Photo: contributed contributed

"I chose different times and location to help share the music with all of Bundaberg and appeal to everybody's tastes,” he said.

The community spirit was already shown by a number of businesses already jumping on board to donate premises, time and money for the little concerts.

To find out when and where Matthew will be performing go to www.matthewbarker

music.com



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