Acclaimed country songstress Sara Storer is set to trace the path of the famous Rabbit Proof Fence for a campfires tour in 2019.
The country star, who has 21 Golden Guitars to her name, is planning an off-the-beaten-track trip from Perth to Broome in July to sing and sleep under the stars.
She’s hoping others will join her on the 10-day outback tour – in their caravans, campers, tents and swags – and swap yarns and songs around the campfire each night.
“We will have a singalong and people can tell their stories in the Pilbara,one of the most beautiful parts of our country,” she said.
Next year will mark 88 years since three Aboriginal girls – sisters Molly and Daisy, and their cousin Gracie – walked 2400 kilometres back home along the Rabbit-Proof fence in Western Australia.
They were forcibly removed from their community at Jigalong in 1931 and taken to Moore River Native Settlement camp where they escaped and spent nine weeks surviving in the outback to find their way home.
Storer hopes to re-trace their path as part of her tour to honour that epic journey.
“I want to acknowledge Australia’s indigenous history as well as all the splendour of the outback, station life and its people,” she said.
While she’s still playing with a title for the tour (Sleep Under the Stars With Sars is on the short-list) and is yet to confirm dates, the trip will kick off with a gig in Perth before the convoy hits the road.
In the meantime, Storer is turning her attention to a cosy Sunday afternoon concert much closer to home honouring her own family roots.
She will perform at The Ten Mile cafe at Holbrook on September 9 from 2pm with Yackandandah musician Pete Denahy as a special guest.
It will be Storer’s first concert in the town, which has a special place in her heart.
“As a child I remember any family holiday was always to Holbrook where my grandparents lived,” she said.
“It holds wonderful memories and I’m really looking forward to my inaugural show there.”
Tickets are limited to 100 ($55 per person); there will be refreshments available to purchase from the cafe including cheese platters, beverages and hot snacks.