You may have heard, I am one of many who have lost their homes in the Australian bushfires. Here is what remains of my beloved shack. I managed to save my instruments in my boot. Most of the memorabilia is gone but the memories will never go. Thank you to everyone who has gone to the Justin Brady (Mallacoota) bushfire appeal GoFundMe page and contributed, you have all lifted my spirits and given me hope.
The JB shack was a very special place for many reasons (not just for me but for all who came to visit stay even if for just a cup of tea) A big part of that was the nature . Having a Koala with a baby on its back on a tree right in front of the veranda, was a regular occurrence as well as Lyre birds or birds in the bird boxes or a 2 metre goanna prancing around like a dinosaur was a real treat especially for the visitors from overseas.
There have been many nights by the fire with big cook ups of up to 15 people at once sometimes having a ball meeting each other for the first time. Thats why I love this place is and has become big part of who I am.
Justin Brady is well known to Australian music industry as an electrifying harmonica player and multi-instrumentalist from Things of Stone and Wood. A prolific session musician and now music teacher, Brady has collaborated with John Farnham, The Black Sorrows, James Reyne and many more over the years. Recent collaborations include Wayne Dury and Delsinki.
Note: While Justin has a lot to contend with in Mallacoota at the moment after the fires, Suzie Wells will sometimes write posts for him.