FOR big-hearted Orange entertainer James Caulfield, a tribute rock and roll gig he will play in memory of his late brother on Saturday night will have an extra meaning.
James’ brother Gerry Caulfield died two months ago after an unexpected heart attack.
To celebrate his life, James will play songs from the 1960s, 70s and 80s at the Orange City Bowling Club, with all proceeds going to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, a cause dear to both brothers.
Gerry, a production guru who had worked for Sydney radio stations 2SM and Triple M, and the ABC’s Triple J, was also his brother’s performance partner for many years, including the five years James spent gigging around the central west.
“Gerry’s wife Jennifer died from breast cancer, and actually the money raised on the night will be donated to the foundation in Gerry and Jen’s name,” James said. “We always gave 20 per cent of the money we made from gigs to breast cancer, and that’s something I still do.”
James has an extensive and varied repertoire, and will play music from David Bowie to Crowded House and Culture Club.
While the gig is free, a donation bucket will be passed around and James wants to encourage people to drop in whatever spare change they have on them.
“I don’t think there would be anyone in the crowd who hasn’t been touched or know someone who hasn’t been touched by cancer,” James said. “It’s an evil disease.”
A grateful James also thanked the bowling club for generously donating the performance space, where he will play from 7pm until closing.