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Hidden powers of didgeridoo to be revealed at 22nd Great Australian Breakfast in Lincoln

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: January 19, 2013

No worries: Didgeridoo player Gregg Chapman, left, with Cllr Dave Jackson, who founded the Great Australian Breakfast 20 years ago. Picture:John Jenkins

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A therapist will demonstrate how he heals minds and bodies with his didgeridoo at the 22nd annual Great Australian Breakfast, in Lincoln.

Gregg Chapman, 36, from Sleaford via Adelaide, will reveal the instrument's hidden powers at the bonza brekkie at The Lawn, on Sunday, January 27.

The massive charity fry-up celebrates Lincoln's links with its twin town, Port Lincoln in Australia, and is held each year as close as possible to Australia Day.

Mr Chapman will be looking for volunteers to help spread some Aboriginal wisdom.

"I'm giving performances and also talking about the didgeridoo and how it is used for sound therapy," he said.

"I travel around quite a lot doing meditation classes and private sessions with the instrument. It can be used physically for muscular aches and pains and to improve people's mental health.

"I can put someone in a trance, starting with a lower frequency didgeridoo, and I can energize people with a higher frequency one.

"It is probably the oldest woodwind instrument in the world. Traditionally, it is used as a story-telling instrument which reflects the Aboriginal belief that all humans, spirits, and the natural world are one.

"I think the connection between Lincoln and Port Lincoln is wonderful.

"I met my British partner in Japan, who is now my wife, and I have been here since 2005.

"I was born in Adelaide and every Boxing Day me and my family would drive the seven or eight hours down to Port Lincoln, so I know it well."

Since its creation in 1992, the event has raised more than £70,000 for good causes chosen by the mayor of Lincoln, the Lincolnshire Echo, and BBC Radio Lincolnshire.

These include Lincoln Community Larder, BABIES, the County Hospital Special Care Baby Unit, the Pelican Trust, Lincoln Cathedral Fabric Fund, Weirfield Wildlife Hospital, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance, the Royal British Legion and the Chris Parkes Appeal for Cancer Research UK.

All food, refreshments and venue costs are covered by local businesses, with all proceeds being shared equally between the mayor's charity, St Barnabas Hospice; Children in Need, chosen by BBC Radio Lincolnshire and the Nomad Trust, which is backed by the Lincolnshire Echo.

The Mayor of Lincoln, Councillor Karen Lee, will officially open the celebration and help dish up a few breakfasts.

"This is always one of the highlights of the year as it brings so many people together," said Cllr Lee. "As well as having a hearty breakfast you know you are helping some excellent causes and celebrating the links we have with our friends Down Under."

The City of Lincoln Band will play the Australian National Anthem, followed by The Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Concert Band, and radio personality Melvyn Prior is compering the event.

Mayor of Port Lincoln, Bruce Green, said he was pleased people in Lincoln were once again helping to celebrate Australia Day.

He said: "Our ties are as relevant today as ever. Our cultural association with England and Great Britain underpins our society."

Admission costs £4 for adults and £2.50 for children. Australian passport holders eat for free. The event runs from 8.30am to 12.30pm.

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  • JobWanted  |  January 19 2013, 12:57PM

    I wonder how many people know that having a non aboriginal, or non 'accepted' whiteperson, playing a digeridoo is an offence to the Aboriginals of Australia

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