Cessnock prison's music workshops are part of path to inmate rehabilitation

Jim Kellar
May 30 2023 - 7:00pm
Australian music legend John Schumann leading inmates at Cessnock Correctional Centre in band rehearsal on Tuesday. Picture by Simone De Peak
Australian music legend John Schumann leading inmates at Cessnock Correctional Centre in band rehearsal on Tuesday. Picture by Simone De Peak

At the end of a very quiet corridor, we open a door and are met by a burst of music, with 14 people standing and sitting, all engaged in rehearsal of Poor Ned, a 45-year-old ballad about Ned Kelly first created and told by Redgum.

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Jim Kellar

Jim Kellar

Weekender Editor

Jim Kellar writes about culture, art, food and music. He's been a journalist at the Newcastle Herald since 1997. jkellar@newcastleherald.com.au

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