The irrepressible Charlie Mgee is coming back to Djanbung for World Environment Day, June 5, for a fun-filled afternoon gig with his Formidable Vegetable Sound System.  Since studying permaculture here at Djanbung in 2011, Charlie’s been writing, performing, recording and inspiring crowds around the world with his fun songs about permaculture and living the good life with mother nature… Experimental ‘ecological edutainment’ about the principles of permaculture (a way to fix the world) mashing together ukulele with some electroswing-style wonk, climate-change reggae, post-apocalypso and a decent serving of ‘Radish Beets’.

Charlie reflects on how it all began, “Djanbung Gardens is where it all started for Formidable Vegetable Sound System! Robyn rocked my world with her decades of permaculture teaching experience, and what really inspired me about the course was her emphasis on the use of pattern-language and inclusive participation to aid design. It showed me that you can really get a lot out of applying permaculture principles to ANY field of work, including music!”

 

Charlie & class mates meet Costa while studying at Djanbung 2011

Charlie & class mates meet Costa while studying at Djanbung 2011

 

Over the past 4 years, he’s performed at festivals and events throughout Australia, Europe, Canada and USA including Glastonbury, UK, and the Woodford festival.  The UN played one his songs and it’s quirky animated music video, You are What You Eat for World Soil Day.  The Sydney Morning Herald described him as “So infectious that the most ardent climate sceptic would have trouble staying still“.

Come and join us for World Environment Day, June 5, at Djanbung Gardens and don’t miss this one-off chance to hear Charlie live back in the gardens where it all began with his first song “No such thing as waste“. Boogie through the afternoon with the radish beets of the Formidable Vegetable Sound System from 1-3pm.

The Abundance Cafe is open 10am-4pm with delicious local organic food prepared with love by our permaculture chef. Explore our permaculture gardens and be inspired by what is possible with permaculture in practice. Check out the great pallet furniture built here by Brett Parsons, re-purposing waste into great practical items for your home and garden.

We are asking for donations to support Charlie on his current tour of the East Coast, traveling in his vegie oil van.

 

Formidable Vegetable Sound System at Djanbung Gardens

Formidable Vegetable Sound System at Djanbung Gardens