Shakin’ All Over – seniors and Mullumbimby High School students shook, clapped and rattled a variety of percussion instruments, both traditional and innovative to follow the lead of Greg Sheehan (far right), at an intergenerational event to celebrate Seniors Week.
Shakin’ All Over – seniors and Mullumbimby High School students shook, clapped and rattled a variety of percussion instruments, both traditional and innovative to follow the lead of Greg Sheehan (far right), at an intergenerational event to celebrate Seniors Week.

Young and old make music

Young and old – and in one case three generations of the one family – joined together to make music, to tell stories and to sing, as they took part in an intergenerational event to celebrate Seniors Week at Mullumbimby High School last week.


“I soak the joy of life of the young people,” said participant and musician Ariel Kalma, recorder in hand.


“It is wonderful to be with young people, to provoke each other – I came because it is a rare opportunity to have this interaction, for it brings out something in me, it makes me feel really connected with life.”


 Greg Sheehan gave hip hop percussion workshops and Ollie Heathwood offered singing to the 20 seniors and Year 9 and 10 music enthusiasts who put their hand up to join in, while other activities had oldies introduced to the mysteries of ring tones, and youngsters were challenged to a form of speed dating with an older person.


“I think everyone really enjoyed it,” said Byron Shire Council Aged and Disability Officer Karen Ingleman.


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