10 September 2019

Congo's Sam Fletcher sings for 'Now or Never' ahead of election day

| Alex Rea
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Sam Fletcher from Moruya High leads the singing at Russ Martin Park.

Sam Fletcher has been singing since a young age. The 18-year-old from Congo says music is his dream. And he also cares a lot about the environment.

The year 12 high school student from Moruya High, has written a climate action song, “Now or Never”, for the upcoming Federal Election.

Over 50 people turned up on Monday morning at Russ Martin Park, Moruya, to take part in the Climate Action Gilmore music video to go with the sing.

“Living at a place like Congo has made me understand how fragile nature is and how we need to protect it” says Sam.

“A lot of people seem to overlook the fragile platform of our lives.”

Sam Fletcher at Congo. Photo Russell Fletcher.

Sam has two streams to his musical performances. As an acoustic singer-songwriter he plays his own original pieces, inspired by the likes of James Taylor and John Martin.

Sam also has a rock band called ‘Kumera Patch’, which is musically inspired by the greats as classic rock like Jimi Hendricks and The Rolling Stones.

Sam writes most of the songs for the band, along with his 16-year-old brother Galen.

Kumera Patch: L-R Sam Fletcher (electric guitar, vocals) Galen Fletcher (bass guitar) Kellen Lenehan (drums). Photo Tenaya King.

Kumera Patch has played the Moruya Granite Town Festival, Nellijam, Cobargo Folk Festival, and at the Narooma Quarterdeck. At Easter they played at the Tilba Festival.

After a gap year next year Sam says he may go to university and study music and physics. He also loves maths.

Kumera Patch on stage at Youth Rock 2018, held at the Sutherland Entertainment Center, as a part of Youth Week.Allan Rees from 350 Eurobodalla says, “it was fantastic to see people of all ages form a choir for the recording on Monday.”

Participants in the choir sung:

We’re all in this together

The climate’s changing fast

We know it’s now or never

Make it last!

Will you think about your vote?

Before Election Day

Come on Australia have your say?

It’s now or never have your say!

Sam says, “I feel devoted to nature and the need to protect it.”

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Fantastic song and Sam is clearly a passionate young songwriter working to raise awareness of our environmental crisis..a fabulous catalyst for change!!❤

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