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March 3, 2021

Living and breathing the vision of Kim Churchill

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Forum to address housing emergency, March 8

A grassroots movement is bringing women, community and art together on International Women’s Day (March 8) in an urgent push to solve the local housing emergency. 

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Cartoon of the week – 3 March, 2021

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.

Interview with Janet Swain

Janet Swain is 14. She’s in love with the tragic and brilliant cellist Jacquleine DuPré. But one day her mother arrives home with a bassoon.

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Resilience through biodiversity and awareness

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Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 3 March, 2021

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 3 March, 2021

Housing affordability on agenda at Ballina

With the housing crisis worsening in Ballina and across the Northern Rivers, councillors agreed that something had to be done about the problem at their meeting yesterday.

Guitarist and songwriter Kim Churchill is a truly gifted soul. At just 19 years of age, his implausible talent and unique approach to his music is something to be in awe of.

Kim’s style is explosive, with intricate finger-picking, percussive beats on the body of the guitar and two-handed tapping intertwined with an earthy stomp box, powerful blues harmonica melodies and a soulful voice.

His songwriting reflects his coastal lifestyle – growing up on the NSW South Coast with the surf at his front door, and now his nomadic life on the road. Kim’s achievements so far speak of the impact he has already had on Australia’s music scene – Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival, winning National Youth Folk Artist of the Year 2009, a national tour with Dallas Frasca, performing alongside Aussie artists such as Ash Grunwald, Jeff Lang, The Fumes and Lloyd Speigel, and sharing the bill with acts such as Xavier Rudd, Ben Harper and John Butler. His knockout performance on Channel 9’s Rugby League Footy Show 2009 Grand Final special saw Kim perform his song ‘It’s This System’ to over a million viewers.

Kim has just released his debut album With Sword and Shield, and the single Loving Home is receiving regular airplay nationally on triple j and ABC Radio National, as well as local and community stations all over Australia – the future is bright for this promising young artist.

Kim’s music speaks beyond his years. He is living and breathing the vision he has had from childhood – performing his music to the masses – and right now he has the world at his feet.

See Kim at the Currumbin Soundlounge tonight.


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