In the Mick
Irish singer/songwriter Mick McHugh is back in town after being down south in Victoria working on his new album with Australian music icon Shane Howard of Goanna band. Mick has toured relentlessly in Australia with performances at the Sydney Opera House, Bluesfest, Port Fairy Folk Fest, and kicked off the year with a successful crowdfunding campaign to record his debut album. Joined by a fiddle player, Mick will have you hopping to Irish jigs and uplifted with his positive ballads. The Rails, Sunday 6.30pm. Free entry.
The Blues Oasis with Tom Jones & Mr Browne
Co-headlining the second Bluesfest announcement is the incomparable Tom Jones. Over his 50-year career, Tom Jones has sold more than 100 million records, won a Grammy and two Brit Awards and given us countless hits including: It’s Not Unusual, Delilah, Green, Green Grass of Home, What’s New Pussycat, She’s a Lady, Kiss, Mama Told Me, Thunderball, Burning Down The House, Sex Bomb, I’ll Never Fall In Love Again and If I Only Knew.
Also appearing is one of the most talented songwriters in modern rock, principal songwriter, lead guitarist and vocalist for Oasis, Noel Gallagher, who will be performing at Bluesfest with his band the High Flying Birds. And yes there are also The Decemberists, The Wailers, Jason Isbell, Steve Earle & The Dukes and, for the first time in ten years, singer/songwriter Jackson Browne! Jackson Browne has written and performed some of the most literate and moving songs in popular music and has defined a genre of songwriting charged with honesty, emotion and personal politics. Bluesfest, where every year is better than the last, and the last was the best ever! For tickets and programming info go to bluesfest.com.au.
Smith Street on Jonson Street
The Smith Street Band are in the midst of another epic tour touching down at the Hotel Great Northern on Friday. Melbourne’s The Smith Street Band have had a stellar few years, touring relentlessly both here in Australia and abroad in the US, UK and Europe. The band released album Throw Me In The River to critical acclaim, landing Triple J album of the week and debuting in the ARIA Top 20 album chart. The band played at Reading and Leeds festivals in the UK in August as well as at Splendour in the Grass.
Dinner with Creedence
The one and only true Australian tribute to the classic hits of John Fogerty & Creedence Clearwater Revival, performed by seasoned professionals from Brisbane playing all your favourite hits with true showmanship and a great production plays Ballina RSL in October. Already hailed as the best CCR tribute in Australia, this band really takes it to the crunch.
Classic Creedence will take you to the bayou with hits such as Born on the Bayou, Jambalya and Midnight Special. Then they rock it up with Sweet Hitchhiker, Hey Tonight and Fortunate Son. Dinner and show at the Ballina RSL on Saturday 17 October at 8pm. Tix are $54.90 at the club.
Lisa Hunt’s African (l.e.a.f) Dance Party
Top local and international artist Lisa Hunt’s first show back in Byron after her annual tour of Europe and the US will be a special African (l.e.a.f) Dance Party this Friday at the Byron Bay Golf Club, to celebrate local charity African LEAF’s 10th anniversary.
A not-to-be-missed event, which is promised to include some surprise special guests.
Tickets are $20 each (only at the door) and every ticket will include a free $5 ticket in a mega-raffle, drawn on the night, for the major prize of two 5-day Bluesfest passes, kindly donated by the Bluesfest team. Show kicks off at 8pm.
Ol’ Frankie & Wilbur
Iconic Aussie rockers Frankie J Holden and Wilbur Wilde will be ‘on the prowl’ at the Ballina RSL on Saturday 9 October featuring hits like Echo, Diana, The Wanderer, Get a Job, This Little Girl, Twistin’ the Night Away and of course On the Prowl! After traversing the entire spectrum of show business – film, stage, theatre, radio and television – Frankie and Wilbur are back where it all began: performing together onstage.
At their concerts, Frankie and Wilbur wind back the clock to the days of their multi-platinum band, OL’55, which ruled Australian airwaves for more than a decade. Showtime 8.30pm. Tickets are $30 and are on sale at the club.
Catch Normie Rowe as he commemorates 50 years since his first single with a show at the Ballina RSL on Saturday.