Goldheist: Dust pledged to drought-stricken farmers by former Armidale student

PLEDGE: Goldheist has committed her song Dust to raise funds for drought.
PLEDGE: Goldheist has committed her song Dust to raise funds for drought.

DROUGHT has ravaged land across the state, but it’s also inspired a song.

Former Armidale student Hester Fraser, aka Goldheist, is pledging her song Dust to raise funds for the drought.

“In 2014 my dad sent me photos of the place where I grew up,” Goldheist said.

“I was horrified to find it almost unrecognisable, so ravaged by drought it had become.”

At 50 years old, Goldheist’s father was hand-feeding more than 800 cattle every week by himself, a manually intensive job for a team of young men.

“Let alone a middle-aged farmer on his own,” she said.

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“Physically and financially stressed, this was one of the most difficult times my family has ever known.

“And many had it worse.”

Written for her father, Goldheist will donate all proceeds from the sale of her song Dust through Bandcamp to Buy A Bale, visit goldheistmusic.bandcamp.com.

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