Hard Rock Lock
The Lockhearts’ sound is rooted in classic rock, but with a modern edge. Drawing the influences of the 70s and 80s artists such as Aerosmith, Cheap Trick and Guns N Roses and modern rock acts such as Foo Fighters and Velvet Revolver.
They play the Hotel Great Northern on Friday.
In Good Company
The Company plays high-energy original and traditional acoustic music and they have solidified themselves as one of Australia’s most renowned bluegrass acts.
Individually Mick Patrick (lead vocals/mandolin/fiddle), Jamie Clark (guitar/vocals), and George Jackson (fiddle/banjo/vocals) are Australian Bluegrass award winners and Norwegian-born Markus Karlsen (double bass/vocals) is a highly sought-after session bassist. Collectively, The Company display fierce instrumental prowess and their songwriting covers love, death, joy, friendship and struggle.
Their latest album Trouble was recorded in their home city of Brisbane and mixed and mastered in the USA by fiddle maestro Casey Dreissen. Mick Patrick’s lovely voice and wide vocal range are the focal point of songs often inspired by tales from Queensland’s dark history, including old folk magic, unsolved murders, matriarchal prostitutes and other sordid stories.
Polka Dot Productions presents The Company for the first time in Mullumbimby. Opening the afternoon’s program will be local favourites Sara Tindley and Danni Carr, with a little help from Ashley Bell.
Sunday at the Court House Hotel from 3pm.
As one of Australia’s top drummers touring the world for the past six years, it wasn’t until a few years ago that Bobby Alu stepped out from behind the drum kit to take the mic.
Swiftly making a name for himself, Bobby Alu’s third-ever live show was at the Byron Bluesfest alongside the likes of Bob Dylan and BB King.
The recently released album Take it Slow sent the band around the country twice receiving rave reviews. Love You More (track 4) is then the capstone, and perhaps the most accessible world-music song recorded since Johnny Clegg and Sayuka’s Dela (George of the Jungle).
It’s the kind of album that makes you want to spend time with your friends. The 2010 debut self-titled album The Dwarf sparked an immediate following after being listed in Triple J Roots N All Top 10 albums of 2010, also peaking at Number 2 in the iTunes Australian world music charts.
More recently, the song Changes Changes has been included on the world-renowned Putumayo Australia compilation.
Currently Bobby also plays drums for Xavier Rudd – an exciting and powerful collaboration that is wowing crowds all over.
Together they have completed national and international tours moving through Japan, Dubai, Bali, Hawaii, New Zealand, Mexico and a huge chunk of North America – all in the past year.
He is a part of Rudd’s latest band project, Xavier Rudd & the United Nations, due to debut in April 2015.
Bobby Alu is at the Hotel Brunswick on Sunday from 4pm.
A Parcel of Potato
Patrick Hetherington, Noah Hill and Louie Swain have spent the last five years tirelessly playing music of all sorts almost daily around the shire. Catch Louie and Patrick, and Craig and Parcels when the boys play a fundraiser for their upcoming overseas trip at the Byron Community Centre on Sunday from 5pm. $15.
Tix at the Centre or on the night.