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May 19, 2021

The sons of Aotearoa are in the house

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Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning May 19

‘This Life’ is the first single off Jesse Morris and the Shakedown’s forthcoming and first ever vinyl release titled The Children of the Sun. 

Other News

Interview with Peter Castaldi

The Quad in Lismore presents its first outdoor cinema event – programmed by nationally regarded film critic and programmer, Peter Castaldi. Peter told The Echo about the vision.

Filming of Byron Baes begins with no indigenous consultation

Filming of the Netflix series Byron Baes has reportedly commenced without any effort made by the show's production company – Eureka Productions – to consult with local indigenous groups or the local Council.

Go straight to the source on the Future Water Project

Rous County Council has announced a series of information days to be held this month where the community can ‘drop in’ and find out more about the revised draft Future Water Project 2060.

Lismore City Council declares housing emergency, wants more units

A Lismore City Council housing survey had shown more than 60 per cent of residents were living by themselves or with one other person, Cr Ekins said, prompting ‘a real need for smaller housing or units’.

Water and the dam

Dr Roslyn Irwin, Caniaba An organisation called ‘Our Future NR’ is distributing and promoting information intended to put the Dunoon...

Hot rocks here

S. Haslam The Festival of the Stone, named after the Stone & Wood Stone beer (a wood-fired porter, brewed with...

House Of Shem, Coolangatta Hotel, Friday

House of Shem hail from Aotearoa (New Zealand) and like many legendary reggae groups this band is built around the classic harmony trio format.

At the helm is Carl Perkins, a man with more than 30 years’ experience writing and playing reggae music. As a former member of Herbs, Mana and The Twelve Tribes Of Israel, among others, Carl’s musical credentials are impeccable.

Joining Carl are two of his sons, Te Omeka and Isaiah, who not only provide harmonies and play keyboards but are both lead vocalist and composers in their own right. It is this blood link and family bond that renders the sum of their combined voices as something really extraordinary. Each of the three has his own distinct songwriting style and voice, effectively giving the band three lead singers. The harmonies are sublime and the precision of their ensemble performance is phenomenal.

Credit must also go to the rhythm section – certainly one of the tightest you are likely to hear in the South Pacific. Drumming prodigy Kaya Webster comes from having played for the Twelve Tribes Of Israel from the age of eight years. Also from the Twelve Tribes Of Israel and Mana comes bass guitarist Francis Harawira. Rounding out the sound of the eight-piece powerhouse is the exceptionally gifted guitarist Roy Venkataraman, a seasoned veteran himself who toured and played with The Wailers band for a number of years.

The House of Shem live experience is an unforgettable occasion – a rare mixture of power and beauty. This band’s incredible tightness, heavenly harmonies, conscious lyrics and blend of traditional and contemporary reggae styles will leave you spellbound.

Enter the House on Friday at the Coolangatta Hotel.


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