Melbourne drummer Dave Folley has lent his rhythmic skills to a lot of musicians, so when his beloved three and a half year old son Frankie was diagnosed with a serious cancer a couple of months ago, the local music community didn’t hesitate to lend their support. They called it The Kew Call-Out, and now, it needs you!

As Dave, his partner Rachael Tidd and little Frankie prepare to embark upon a daunting course of treatment, a small army of acts have locked in Sunday sessions at the Kew RSL to raise spirits and funds. Across five Sundays in May, three bands will put on stellar sets. Artists performing include Archie Roach, Mick Thomas, Suzannah Espie, Emma Donovan, Tex Perkins, The Killjoys and many more. MC’s just announced include singer-songwriter Rebecca Barnard, the Scared Weird Little Guys’ Rusty Berther and everyone’s favourite anarchic announcer Brian Nankervis of TV’s RocKwiz.

It’ll be a family friendly affair with sausages sizzles, raffles and prizes, and all the money raised will go towards the family. All performances, production, advertising and organisation have been offered in kind by a community of musicians, suppliers and a team of behind-the-scenes workers. Now the call out is on and you are encouraged to get on board by booking tickets to one or all of the below gigs.

THE KEW CALL-OUT LINE UP:

May 1 – Lost Ragas, Shackleton (Liz Stringer, Mick Thomas, Anna Burley), Barb Waters and the Mothers of Pearl
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May 8 – Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk, Mick Thomas and the Roving Commission, Nick Barker
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May 15 – Archie Roach, Emma Donovan, Van Walker
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May 22 – Suzannah Espie, The Killjoys, Charles Jenkins
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May 29 – Crown of Thorns, Thee Marshmellow Overcoat (Davey Lane and Ash Naylor), Bell Street Delays (Tracy McNeil and Luke Sinclair)
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Doors are at 2pm at the Kew RSL, 63 Gotham Road. Great music for an even greater cause – get involved music lovers!

Check out Dave Folley in action with Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk at the St Kilda Festival: