ON THE SMALL SCREEN: James Mueller, Kenny Hodges, Julian Martin, Michael McKee and Adam Rijks from The Last Path will feature in a TV show about artists with disabilities.
ON THE SMALL SCREEN: James Mueller, Kenny Hodges, Julian Martin, Michael McKee and Adam Rijks from The Last Path will feature in a TV show about artists with disabilities. Doug Eaton

Disabled band on the Path to TV glory

A NEW arts and disability television program on Foxtel will feature a segment on Lismore band The Last Path, alongside six other inclusive arts projects.

The five-piece outfit, who playfully described their sound as "original, heavy soundscapes, also known as deathcore", recently secured a $1500 Delineate grant from Accessible Arts, as part of the long running Don't DIS my ABILITY campaign.

It's yet another forward step for the Lismore inclusive arts scene which already boasts well-known acts such as Tralala Blip and The Bridge.

Band leader Adam Rijks put the band together in 2011 with musically minded people he met in his role as a disability support worker.

"We started it on a very small scale, rehearsed for about six months in 2011, did a performance and that was the end of it," Mr Rijks said.

"Then I was bumping into the guys in the street and they were coming up to me saying 'Hey, can we do the band again'."

Mr Rijks and his partner Kate Olivieri recently founded Inclusive Arts, an organisation providing artistic and cultural experiences for people with disabilities.

With the help of local community organisations Real Art Works and Meridian Community Services they were able to put together a successful grant application.

Now they are being shadowed by a film crew from UnBard TV show, for the episode airing on December 28 on Foxtel's Aurora Channel, as well as a special segment to air at the Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art for the International Day of People With Disabilities.

The band is also rehearsing for a show at the Festival of Ability on December 3 at the Lismore Greyhound Racing Track.


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