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Stories are powerful. Telling stories connects people and that is part of the reason people love listening to storytellers. On April 27th, at Bail Out, Fremantle Prison there will be two - Phil Walleystack & Steve Cain.

Phil Walleystack, singer/songwriter, dancer both contemporary and traditional. He is a story-teller and expresses his stories through song and dance. Storytelling in Indigenous cultures is part of the development of self-identity as well as shared cultural perspective. It is a bridge between knowledge and understanding allowing the values of self and community to be shared and heard as a whole.

It is well-known Phil Walleystack is also one of the top didgeridoo players in Australia, he studied at both WAAPA and NAISDA. He is an accomplished musician can play a range of other instruments from the cello, guitar to drums and tapping sticks. Phil performs both nationally and internationally and runs his own Aboriginal entertainment and production company. His recent release "Man of Culture' is about persistence, resilience, and survival.

Steve Cain will also be there to share his stories. Cain is brutally honest about his experiences hoping that his words will stop others "from having to learn their lessons the way he learned his". He was 12 years old when he became a Ward of the State, a difficult decision made by his father who struggled to cope with his anti-social behaviour and emerging fondness for drugs. Then began his life of institutionalisation - taken to a boys' home this was the first of many incarcerations, whether they be juvenile detention or later in life when he found himself in the harsh adult system of corrections. "Empathy not Sympathy" is the name of his authored program he now operates to assist others themed by another one of his learned lesson of - it is never too late.

Robert Moss said that the most important stories are always seeking the right person to tell them. It that the case, Phil Walleystack and Steve Cain are the right people with the important stories.
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Why? Because storytelling is the bridge between knowledge and understanding
When: 5.30pm
Phone: 0433 238 792
Where: Fremantle Prision
Cost: Arranged donation
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