|Story Snapshot - The Down River Timeline|
The Wilcannia Mob Story is much more than a story about a boy band fromthe bush. It involves the whole community, several arts workers andyears of different workshops and community events. The success of thesong Down River was the catalyst of many other things to occur for theyoung people of the community. It was the first bit of positivepublicity the community had had in a long time. One of the elders saidat the time: “These boys are saving our town.” The time line below isan extract from the book.
Shopfront Theatre for Young People performs Rated X in Wilcannia.
A team of artists from Shopfront Theatre goes to Wilcannia to runworkshops at the Wings Drop-in Centre. Keith, Wally, Lendal and Colroyare all living in Wilcannia and participate in workshops. Buddy is inBroken Hill.
The Shopfront Team returns to Wilcannia to run more workshops.
The Shopfront team returns to Wilcannia for another two and a halfweeks. It produces a hip hop album for the community called BarkandjiBeat. Down River is one of the songs.
Brendan returns to Wilcannia to run a holiday program.
Wally moves away to Dubbo with his grandparents Barbara and Patrick.
morganics gives his album of hip hop from several communities to Triple J. Down River goes onto high rotation.
November 11 2002
ABC releases the album All You Mob, which includes Down River.
December 5 2002
Lendal performs at Sydney Dreaming in Olympic Park, Sydney.
December 12 2002
The Wilcannia Mob performs on the main stage at Homebake.
All You Mob is listed in the New York Times’ Top 10 alternative albums of the year for 2002.
Brendan moves permanently to Wilcannia to run the Wings Drop-in Centre.
Down River is included in Triple J’s Hottest 100, 2002.
The Barkandji Boys win the Deadly Award for Best New Single 2002. They attend the award ceremony at the Sydney Opera House.
The Barkandji Boys perform in River Rhythm Beat Box at Sydney OperaHouse with 15 other young hip hop artists from Far West NSW. BarryHunter joins the crew for this performance. Buddy is now living inArmidale.
SoundzWest studios are set up in Wilcannia and Broken Hill for youngpeople to record their own tracks. Buddy has moved to Gosford.
The Wings Drop-in Centre in Wilcannia upgrade is finished. Now thereare pool tables, air conditioning, computers and arcade games. 70 kidsa day are dropping in.