Venerable Canberra bush band supports Autism Asperger’s

Part of the movable feast that is Canberra's Franklyn B Paverty

Well known Australian bush band Franklyn B Paverty celebrated its 40th anniversary with a fundraising performance at one of Canberra’s original hotels this week.

Paverty returned to its spiritual home, the Ainslie Hotel, more recently known as Olims and now the Mercure, for a performance in front of diehard fans, with proceeds going to Autism Asperger Advocacy Australia.

Paverty’s bass player of the past 14 years Bob Buckley is convenor of the volunteer advocacy group, so what better cause could there be?

The band has recorded and performed around Australia – from the opening ceremony for the new Parliament House in Canberra to music festivals nationwide.

As might be expected, a group with four decades under its belt is a bit like grandpa’s axe … how many manifestations of mandolin, keyboard or other virtuosi can there be before Paverty ceases to be Paverty? Judging by the number of past and present members who took to the stage, the band won’t be hanging up its spurs any time soon.