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The Music Makers - Ron Eichler

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'Music IS my Life' - says Ron Eichler when asked what part music plays in his life. 'All sound entails music, be it the bird song, the rustle of the leaves in the wind or the sound of the insects in a summer garden'. In fact, the Birregurra resident of 16 years is equally known for his gardening skills as he is for his musicianship. Taking a walk in Ron's garden is to enter a whimsical world where art, design and music combine, enticing the visitor to dream.
His life in music had an early start. From a poor Portland family where music lessons were out of the question, a chance encounter with a local elderly bandmaster enabled young Ron to take up cornet lessons leading him to join the band at just 12 years of age.
In his teens he embarked on the AMEB (Australian Music Examinations Board) syllabus for trumpet. During this time, the arrival of a new music teacher in town had huge influence on Ron. Anton Meerbach, a brilliant musician and speaker of 6 languages, beca…

ARTISANS - showcasing some of the creativity in our region....

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....including some BAG members.
To have a read of this fabulous article by Karen Shaw and more, click HERE

The Music Makers - in and around Birregurra

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We are the music-makers, 
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams.
World-losers and world-forsakers,
Upon whom the pale moon gleams;
Yet we are the movers and shakers,
Of the world forever, it seems.


With wonderful deathless ditties
We build up the world's great cities,
And out of a fabulous story
We fashion an empire's glory:
One man with a dream, at pleasure,
Shall go forth and conquer a crown;
And three with a new song's measure
Can trample an empire down.


We, in the ages lying
In the buried past of the earth,
Built Nineveh with our sighing,
And Babel itself with our mirth;
And o'erthrew them with prophesying
To the old of the new world's worth;
For each age is a dream that is dying,
Or one that is coming to birth.             
Arthur William Edgar O'Shaughnessy



Look out for a series of posts introducing you to Birregurra's Music Makers!

Inside the Artist's Studio with Rusty Berther

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What possesses a middle aged comedian take up running and subject himself to The Ice Marathon, a brutal 42km run in Antarctica?????  
Join us at Cafe Birre THIS THURSDAY 12th June at 7.30 to find out. Free entry!

The beautiful cover of the Winter edition.....

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.....and you never know who you might find inside.