Dust

May 21, 2014

A farmer’s daughter is singing for Aussie farmers:

HESTER Fraser may have been too young to remember the drought in the ‘90s but she does remember how special it felt when it rained.

And while the 25-year-old musician, currently living in Sydney, felt half the world away from her family’s farm at Armidale, seeing photos of the drought spurred her into action.

Hester is a pianist, singer/songwriter, and performing under the name Goldheist she’s written song “Dust” to raise awareness of drought and the plight of farmers but also money for drought appeals.

“I knew it (the drought) was bad but it was overwhelming when you realise the scale of what it means to live through it,” Hester said.

“The manual labour that goes into keeping stock alive – I hadn’t understood the financial cost.

“I wanted to write about the issues but I also wanted to create a message of support.”

Hester said she was further inspired when she saw the work of volunteer group Aussie Helpers, who deliver hay and visit farmers in need.

“The most powerful thing Aussie Helpers do is help farmers realise they’re not forgotten,” she said. . . .


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