In this week’s episode of The Adelaide Show, we explore a range of Flinders Ranges stories.

Firstly, Brendan, Governess Carmel, and Michelle Reynolds share their story of diversifying their Willow Springs Station property into Skytrek (a 4WD tourism experience).

Secondly, we hear from Kaye Fels and John Teague from Hawker and surrounds, recorded at the Hawker Drought Muster on the weekend, an event organised by various Rotary Clubs from Adelaide (including Campbelltown and Magill) to cap off their campaign of dropping hay up to drought-stricken properties in recent time.

And, thirdly, in the musical pilgrimage, we hear from J-MILLA, a singer songwriter who represents the First Nations of life on this land. We’ve heard from him before but his new song 60k+ is a reflection on the 60,000+ years that First Nations people lived in and became bonded to the land, including the spectacular land around Wilpena Pound, home of the Adnyamathanha people.

To kick things off, in the SA Drink Of The Week is from Rojomoma in the Eden Valley.

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Running Sheet: A range of Flinders Ranges stories

00:00:00 Intro

Introduction to the show.

00:03:00 SA Drink Of The Week

The SA Drink Of The Week is 2016 Rojomoma Cabernet Sauvignon from the Eden Valley. We taste it with winemaker, Sam Kurtz.

00:09:46 Brendan, Governess Carmel, and Michelle Reynolds

Meet the Reynolds family – Michelle, Governess Carmel, and Brendan – owners of Skytrek Willow Springs Station, a drawcard for 4WD enthusiasts in the Flinders Ranges.
There are many Flinders Ranges stories and opinions to share from running a station in drought to building a tourism attraction, from learning through School Of The Air to teaching city slickers how to dress for the country.

00:34:22 Kaye Fels and John Teague

On the weekend just passed, the Hawker Drought Muster was held to wrap up a season of hay drops, organised by various Rotary Clubs from Adelaide including Campbelltown and Magill.

Steve chats with a couple of local operators about the muster, the drought, and creating a life in the northern Flinders Ranges.

You’ll meet Kaye Fels from Merna Mora, and John Teague who runs Hawker Motors.

00:46:13 Musical Pilgrimage

In the musical pilgrimage, we have a song, 60k+ by J-MILLA.

Just over a week ago, J-MILLA was handpicked as one of the BIGSOUND 50, and he celebrated by releasing his 4th official track: 60k+ feat Goji.

60k+ is one of J-MILLA’s more racially skewed musings and came about when the Adelaide Festival Centre asked him to write a song for their youth program about the 2020 NAIDOC Week theme – Always Was Always Will Be. He had 72 hours to pen the track.

He says, “60k+ just came to me. I wanted these young kids to understand and appreciate the fact that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples have been living on this country for more than 60,000 years; there’s evidence of 80 thousand years so I wanted to plant that seed in their minds. I also wanted to take the opportunity and point out that I was raised by a non-Indigenous single mother and that she taught me everything I
know about my black culture. I wanted to make this clear in this song, so that these kids understand that if you care for one another like my mum did me, colour shouldn’t matter at all. Love is universal, we can all feel it.”

Female singer, Goji, gives the song rich depth with her smooth melody work.

It’s the perfect song to wrap up an episode about the stunning land with a lot of history: The Flinders Ranges.

And in news just in at the time of broadcast, it’s been announced that J-MILLA will kick off NAIDOC week concerts on TikTOk Australia next Monday, November 9 2020, at 7pm SA time. Apparently, he is planning a 20-30 minute set that will be F.U.N.

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