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Local troubadour and musical activist Luke Vassella is well known on the NSW north coast and beyond as a warm, personable, professional and inspirational performer.

Luke has become a legendary figurehead in the anti-CSG mining movement. He has performed at every music direct action in this world first successful campaign alongside Pete Murray, Xavier Rudd, Ash Grunwald, Natalie Pa’apa’a and many more. His rousing tributes to the anti-CSG movement have become modern day anthems in the region – this is alt country with an ethical heart sung with a voice that can melt hearts.

 

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Luke won the Australia category and Best Live Performance at the 2010 Australian Songwriters Association Awards. He has received four Dolphin Awards, and was recently a finalist in both the Ozmusic and Vanda & Young Song Competitions. The songs on his latest EP The Mighty Dollar recall a Woody Guthrie figure, a musician on the front line of radical change, but with a gentle respect for the stories that make up the legends of this land.

Luke Vassella is the authentic voice of the ‘new country’, a movement that is growing across Australia and the world.

Luke proves that music can change the world. Catch him while you can – this weekend he is at the Sphinx Rock Cafe on Sunday.

 

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