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February 26, 2021

A hard-working troubadour

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‘Hollywood’ drug squads over the top

I guess we have to thank Hollywood for the enduring myth that a black-clad squad of elite 'blokes', preferably with cool helicopters, from the capital are needed to crack down on really serious crime in hick parts of the country like Mullumbimby.

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Cut it down – Tweed Councillors at odds over future of forest red gum

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Ballina sludge a mixture of blue-green algae species

A reader has sent Echonetdaily some photos of what he described as 'something nasty and green coming down the Richmond River'.

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault acquitted

Magistrate Michael Dakin has ordered a common assault charge against a former Byron-based policeman be dropped after an altercation involving a naked youth in Byron Bay three years ago.


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Loren, Sphinx Rock Café, Sunday

When asked to comment on Loren’s music, renowned Australian musician John Butler had this to say: ‘Loren writes the kind of music that when you listen to it you somehow feel like you’re getting a massage. A sweet, gentle voice accompanied by relaxed, melodically plucked guitar written by a man with a heart of gold. I’ve watched Loren play a few times and am always inspired by how effortless the music is.’

Down to earth and humble, Loren is a true hard-working troubadour revealing a musical flair that can’t be ignored. Ever evolving and creating, Loren explores a myriad of feels and styles, and his eclecticism makes him hard to categorise. Any attempts at modern comparisons or pigeonholes don’t quite work. What you experience is pure and raw original talent that appeals to a dreadlocked hippie, the local footy team, a fellow musician, a middle-aged businessman, your kids and your grandma.

Loren was born in New Zealand, grew up in Western Australia and has since become a native of northern NSW. He was raised in a musical family where he flourished creatively and picked up the guitar at an early age. Constant touring as a solo artist at the beginning of his career saw his fanbase and reputation steadily build. He was then able to make the transition from pub gigs to ticketed shows at respected live-music venues around the country. Courtesy of five releases and a huge live presence, Loren is a testament to what one can create within an independent music scene.

Loren gives an incredibly personal record through his music with an honesty and depth that shines. He possesses a rare energy onstage that demands attention, and has the natural gift of being able to tell a story in a song with skilful lyrical imagery, while delicately balancing self-expression and audience connection. With an extraordinarily versatile and compelling voice, he absorbs inspiration from worldly destinations, life experiences, from deep within himself, and from some of the great songwriters and musicians that walked before him, channelling it into something original, captivating, and dynamic.

See Loren this Sunday at the Sphinx Rock Cafe.

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