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GETTING INTO IT: Lee Morgan will be belting out some tunes at The Loft in Warrnambool tonight. He has called on a group of friends to join him on stage as his backing band. Picture: Morgan Hancock
GETTING INTO IT: Lee Morgan will be belting out some tunes at The Loft in Warrnambool tonight. He has called on a group of friends to join him on stage as his backing band. Picture: Morgan Hancock


Performance: Lee Morgan knows plenty about playing live music in Warrnambool.

Growing up in the south-west, Morgan was a constant on the local gig circuit, playing as a solo act and as a member of a collection of bands at venues such as the Criterion Hotel, The Cally Hotel, the Whalers Inn and the Lady Bay Hotel.  

Tonight he will be back on stage, this time joined by a band of friends for a show at The Loft.

As one of the region’s most prominent indigenous performers, it is fitting Morgan should be stepping into the spotlight in what is NAIDOC Week. 

A grandson of the late Banjo Clarke, Morgan continues to lead the way in indigenous music.

He has been a member of the Black Arm Band, telling stories of indigenous people through song alongside performers such as Archie Roach, Paul Kelly, Jimmy Barnes, Neil Murray and Shane Howard.

These collaborations have been on stage and in the recording studio.

Morgan has also spread his talents into the community through his involvement in a program where he visits indigenous men and women in prison and teaches them the joys of music.

He has also delivered similar programs into schools.  

Much of this work was done during Morgan’s 20 years living in Melbourne.

He has been back in the south-west for three years and is keen to hit the stage tonight.

“The band we have has been thrown together for this gig,” Morgan said.

“But we have all known each other for a long time and played together so I’m confident we will put on a great show. 

“We’ll play my original songs with a couple of fun covers as well. My genre is guitar-driven country rock with a lot of energy.

“It’s great to be playing live music in Warrnambool.”

Music: Dave Burgess, The Last Coach, 8-11pm.

Josh Rawiri, Kirkstall Hotel, 8pm.

Lee Morgan Band, The Loft, 8pm.

Just Duo It, Seanchai Irish Bar. 

Little Winter: Winter school holiday activities are winding up at Flagstaff Hill. Children are invited to come dressed as a wizard or witch for themed craft and science activities, wood working, lunch and movie from 9.30am-2pm.  

Film: Port Fairy’s Reardon Theatre is hosting two screenings of The Guernsey Literary andPotato Peel Pie Society on Friday. 

The first screening is at 1.30pm, followed by another session at 7.30pm.

All money raised will go towards maintaining the Port Fairy to Warrnambool Rail Trail. 

Dance: Day five of the City of Warrnambool Eisteddfod dance competition at the Lighthouse Theatre.

NAIDOC: Ngarrakeeton Day. Family day morning tea, kids activities, traditional face painting. Harris Street Reserve 9-12 noon.

Welcome to Country, smoking ceremony, flag raising. Ngootyoong (PARC), Moore Street 11-12 noon. 


Little Winter: This is the final weekend for Flagstaff Hill's winter school holiday program with the Triton Woodworkers helping children build timber creations from 10am-3pm.

Opera: GBD Productions presents Mr Lyster's Touring Grand Opera - a homage to the companies that traversed Australia in the Gold Rush days - in Mozart's masterpiece, Don Giovanni. It will be at the Mozart Hall, 2 Gillies Street, Warrnambool commencing at 2pm.

Toy library: Come check out all our fun toys on offer at Warrnambool Toy Library on Saturday.

The library, at 87 Henna Street, is open from 9.30am-11.30am.

Book launch: First-time children's book author Ganga Powell will launch her work, The Wallaby in the Garden, at Port Fairy's Blarney Books and Art on Saturday at 4pm.

The family-friendly event will include a reading, entertainment and refreshments.

Music: DJ Spinners, Hotel Warrnambool, 2-7pm.

Robyn Gleeson and Leon Rowbottom, Koroit Commercial Hotel, 8pm.

Mark & Gonz, Cally Hotel bar, 9pm.

3 Courses Of Diving Headbutt, The Loft, 8pm.

CC:Disco, Highline Bar + Lounge, 9pm.

The Breaking News, Seanchai Irish Bar. 

Astrocrypt Hellsurfers, The Dart and Marlin, 8.30pm.

Dance: The last day of the City of Warrnambool Eisteddfod dance competition at the Lighthouse Theatre, includes an evening session.


Miniature Trains: Cobden Miniature Railway and Mini Golf is open from 11am-4pm.

The Grayland Street park provides miniature train rides, 18-hole mini-golf, canteen children's playground and barbecue facilities.

Open day: Hike to the top of Mount Elephant in Derrinallum on Sunday and take in the view of Western District from above.

After walking back from the crater rim, stop at the state-of-the-art visitor centre for more information on this south-west landmark.

Art: Final day of the Warrnambool and District Artists Society Annual Art Show, from 12 noon to 4pm at 4 Coramba Court.

Music: DJ Spinners, Hotel Warrnambool, 2-7pm.

Darren Ely, Cally Hotel heated beer garden, 4pm.

Shannon Bourne, Hotel Warrnambool, 3pm.

The Preatures with Ali Barter, Highline Bar + Lounge. 

Running: Warrnambool Athletics Club will hold an 8km trail run through Tower Hill, starting at 9am, with registrations by 8.45am. 


Music: Australian children’s entertainment royalty The Wiggles will play three sold out shows at the Lighthouse Theatre.


Music: John Hudson Guest Session, Hotel Warrnambool, 8pm.

Art: An exhibition by Warrnambool artist Jenny Altmann running from July 7-29 at The F Project Art Gallery.

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