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August 27, 2004

Aussie Band Tours to Raise Awareness on Stem Cell Research
Unites with Cincinnati Celtic & Rock Bands Concert for Diabetes

The Australian indie band, BROTHER, will bring their unique brand of mongrel rock to the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal on Labor Day, Monday, September 6th for both a didgeridoo workshop and an evening performance. The appearance is part of the band's campaign to promote awareness on the stem cell research issue.

"Most of our fans know the work we do with childhood diabetes," says Hamish Richardson, one half of the real-life Australian sibling duo that founded the band and a diabetic since age 11. "At the recent Children with Diabetes conference in Los Angeles it seemed like everyone was talking about how 'this could help my kid.'

The band's work with childhood diabetes is what brought them into contact with six-year old Jessi Martin, a local Highland dancer and diabetic. Jessi was a runner up for her spunky short film, featuring her practicing her favorite highland dances, in the band's Pricks and Pumps: Living with Diabetes creative competition series ( "Jessie's story is a brave and endearing one," said Hamish when announcing Jessi's prize. Meeting each other at a show recently, Jessi invited the band to come to Cincinnati to perform.

Why does the band feel it's important to raise awareness about the potential of stem cell research?

"If, as the scientific community agrees, there's a real chance to cure not just diabetes, but Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, spinal injury, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis...and the list goes on, then let's get serious and bring it on", says Richardson. "And let's not drive stem cell research underground by leaving it to private companies to fund. Let's give scientists in our public institutions the resources they need to make the breakthroughs the world so desperately needs."

"The impact on individual lives and the lives of whole families when dealing with conditions like diabetes is huge," Richardson says. "I know what a toll it took on my mother as she struggled to come to terms with the guilt and anger of having two young kids my sister and me with diabetes. Just about everywhere we go in the States as a touring band, we come across examples of courage and determination in families trying to live as normal a life as possible, despite the daily challenges of disease.

"We want to play a part in helping the community to get informed on the subject and find a path through the emotional rhetoric and political point-scoring that can bury the truth."

The Cincinnati Highland Dancers will host a didgeridoo workshop at the Museum Center at 11:00 am. Children will be able to make their own didgeridoos (supplies provided by Lowe's Home Improvement). BROTHER will be on hand to answer children's questions and provide some playing tips.

An evening performance, also held at the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, will begin at 4:00 pm with performances by the Cincinnati Highland Dancers, the Cincinnati Caledonian Pipe & Drum Band, Mad Anthony Wayne Band and local Celtic rock band Knocknagael. BROTHER will round out the evening with a performance once described as "galloping Aussie rock." Tickets will be sold at the door at the Cincinnati Museum Center. Tickets $12 for adults, $8 for children ten and under. And in a perfect case of programming synchronicity, the museum is offering a discount to the Omnimax film, Australia: Land Beyond Time, to anyone purchasing a ticket to the BROTHER Concerts for Cures concert.

For further information about BROTHER, visit their website at:


Media Inquiries to: Leila Dalton, (480) 899-7912,

This summer, Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal presents a special exhibit, sponsored by Meijer, that you can really sink your teeth into...The Science of SuperCroc, a nine-ton, 40-foot, 110 million -year-old monster that takes a bite out of the myth that T-Rex and friends were the biggest, baddest prehistoric predators around. Concurrently, the Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX Theater takes you down under to the Outback as Frisch's presents...Australia: Land Beyond Time, a delightful look at nature's oddest assortment of creatures and the environmental conditions that made them so wonderfully weird. For more information, tickets or to become a member of Cincinnati Museum Center, call 513-287-7000 or 800-733-2077 or visit

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