With the passing of Tasmanian Songman, Ronnie Summers, earlier this year an important link to the unique music of the Cape Barren Island has gone.
Fortunately his place in the history of Cape Barren Island music is secure along with other musicians from that community, Neuto Everrett, Clive Beaton and the Brown Brothers in particular Les Brown. All natural, talented, self taught musicians who instinctively performed their music from the heart and soul of the community.
With the formation of the Island Coes in the late 1990’s early 2000’s Ronnie and the Island Coes took Cape Barren Island Music to major festivals in Tasmania and nationally, playing the National Folk Festival 2010 in Canberra, with a line up that included the very young Merinda Sainty and Fred Pribac. On this occasian he was interviewed and recorded for the National Libary of Australian Music Archives.
Other musicians that played and were influenced by his music include Steve Lowery, Dwayne Everrett-Smith, Dave Dixon and later Judy Jacques and Sandro Donati (who were very honered to accompany Ronnie at the Cygnet Folk Festival in 2016).
This tribute to Ronnie will bring together some of the musicians that loved him, and his music, for a special performance of that music and original material from Dyan Summers, that will celebrate his life and music and the joy he brought to all who heard him.
The Ronnie Summers Tribute will be held at FIAAI Park, Lady Barron on Sunday 24th January.