The Go-Betweens drummer Lindy Morrison recognised as musical luminary

7 Jul 2014

She played drums in one of Australia’s most iconic bands, rented a share house with world-renowned actors Geoffrey Rush and Billie Brown, and was last year awarded an OAM.

Those achievements and experiences would be enough for most lifetimes, but UQ alumnus and ‘The Go-Betweens’ member Lindy Morrison was also honoured this month for her outstanding achievements as a performer, and her advocacy work for musicians, with the prestigious Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music.

Growing up in Brisbane, Lindy graduated from UQ in 1973 with a Bachelor of Social Work and began her career working for the Aboriginal Legal Service in Brisbane. Her passion for social work has carried through her working life with various roles in community music.

Over the past 20 years, Lindy has worked as musical director for the Junction House Band, a group of intellectually disabled musicians. The band has recorded and released four albums, and has also toured around Australia.

Lindy describes her collaboration with the group as something of an honour, noting that “the work is very, very fulfilling. I meet the most fantastic people.”

Lindy’s far-reach community work also includes her role as national welfare co-ordinator for Support Act (an Australian music industry charity), while also teaching at the Sydney Institute of Music and representing Australian musicians in matters of copyright.

Other outstanding musicians to receive the Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music include AC/DC’s Angus Young, Malcom Young and Bon Scott, as well as iconic acts such as Jimmy Little, Paul Kelly and The Seekers.

Ms Morrison said she holds the award in the highest regard.

“I am grateful to receive this award from APRA AMCOS, as I have long been an admirer of Albert’s - a music company supporting the finest Australian songwriters and musicians.

To be acknowledged for my contribution is a great honour, because I love my work with the music industry’s own charity Support Act, playing music, teaching and working towards copyright law reform.”

Photo credit - APRA AMCOS