NEWS that Murray Burns had suffered a debilitating stroke recently shocked many people in Byron Bay, where the versatile musician is well known and well loved.
Those people who don't know him personally will probably have seen him on stage, playing a key role in one rock combo or another, such as with Goodrich at Apex Park on New Year's Eve.
Murray's name is also on the credits of a number of films, including for the stunning score for Going Vertical, the story of Bob McTavish and the advent of the short board. Murray also mentored many kids and has been a generous supporter of the community in a myriad of ways.
To give Murray a helping hand, Mullum promoter Alison Pearl is organising a musical fundraising event featuring some of Australia's most respected musicians - and she says she is still being barraged by people wanting to play.
Murray's first moment of glory was as keyboard player for the NZ glam outfit Mi-Sex, and it was as part of their reunion tour that he suffered the stroke while playing on stage with the band at Melbourne's A Day On The Green.
Since his early Mi-Sex days Murray has established an international reputation for himself, but Byron can claim him as one of its own.
"Friends, fans and family are gathering on the night of Anzac Day, next Wednesday, for a riotous rock-and-roll event featuring a star-studded line-up of Murray's musical pals to raise funds to assist Murray during his period of recovery," Alison said.
The gig, labelled The Buzz for Muzz, will feature Brian Cadd, Russell Morris, and Glenn Shorrock.
"Working with Muzz is like going back to the glory days of the '70s and '80s when people played together simply because of the music ... and helped each other make that music because they loved the magic that happened," Brian Cadd said.
Also appearing will be Byron locals Gyan and The Firetree. The hand-picked supergroup for the night will consist of Tony Naylor on guitar, Alan Park on keyboards, Kerry Jacobsen on drums, Greg Lyon, bass, and Andy Thompson on sax.
The Buzz For Muzz kicks off at 7pm at the Buddha Bar, Byron Bay Brewery. Tickets are $50 at the door, or via the venue.
They are also available at the Mullumbimby Bookshop and Murray's favourite coffee spot, the Byronian Cafe in Jonson St.
Working with Muzz is like going back to the glory days ... when people played together simply because of the music