RECENTLY over 90 people attended a concert in aid of local refugees in the beautiful old Buninyong Brewery. The concert was organised by the Ballarat Rural Australians for Refugees. Ballarat Ukulele Kollective charmed the audience with their high-spirited popular songs, while the recorder and guitar quartet, Measure 4 Measure, played probably for the last time; their classical guitarist, Tony Dyson, leaves Ballarat soon. Aran Mylvaganam, founder and spokesperson for the Tamil Refugee Council, spoke passionately about his own horrific experiences, and why Tamils who have fled from Sri Lanka fear to return. Boat Chorus, a recently formed vocal improvisation group, then used his words as inspiration for some particularly moving pieces, one playing on the words “Hello” and “Goodbye”. Teira Stuart, known as Siren Song, wound up the afternoon with her own haunting compositions for voice and guitar. The concert raised over $1,500 with more donations still coming in. All funds will go to assist a young local Sri Lankan family fighting to remain in Ballarat, and to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, which also supports them and other asylum seekers.