17.6 C
Byron Shire
October 8, 2022

Cannons doing Dylan

Latest News

It’s Ageism Awareness Day

It’s Ageism Awareness Day and the peak body for older Australians, the Council on the Ageing (COTA) Australia, say we must all take action to address the scourge of ageism –  stereotyping and discriminating against individuals or groups on the basis of their age.

Other News

What’s criminal?

Thanks for a great article about the stupid reaction of our premier to the recommendations of the NSW Ice...

Future flooding fears

While we wait for the next flooding event – which easily could be worse than our previous ones –...

A journey of a step or two

Apart from organic shiraz, my latest investment in health is this mini-stepper, or ‘massage stepper’ as they call it in the country of origin.

Ocea Curtis takes third place at national qualifier in Merewether

Lennox Head surfer, Ocea Curtis, has finished third in the U/16 girls division of the Grom Search National Qualifier...

More pieces added to New Italy’s history

Dr Pol Dalmau, will visit the New Italy Museum on Sunday to talk about the Spanish archives with information about the Italian families who settled in the town from 1882.

Lambruk Pantry

Simon Haslam Lambruk Pantry is a family-owned local gourmet providore based in the heart of the Byron Shire. If you’re...


Mandy Nolan

This Friday the Starboard Cannons line up with a host of musicians (Deidi Vine, Chris Aronsten, Bill Jacobi, Luke Vassella, Julie Oliver, Jessie Vintila, Tim Stokes, Stu Eadie, Thierry Fossemalle, Alex McLeod and Steve Russell) to celebrate Bob Dylan’s birthday with a very special tribute concert to raise funds for the upkeep of the centre’s Steinway piano, in memory of the late Margaret Dods. Seven caught up with the Starboard Cannons to get the lowdown.

Tell me a little about the underlying ethos of Starboard Cannons?

We’ve all been playing music professionally for a long time, and any notions we may have had about being hip or cool or commercially ‘successful’ are now just punchlines we use to tease each other. We don’t really have any ethos except to have fun and be real. There is definitely a place for musicians to act out their stage characters when they perform, but none of us really has the attention span for that. We all love playing all kinds of music, and Starboard Cannons represents a place where we all meet on common ground. We aren’t trying to shape our music into any particular style or genre, we just do what we do with the songs that get written.

What is it about the Australian landscape that provides the backdrop for so many of your songs?

Songs can be so broadly relevant to so many people. Seems like the more vague and ambiguous a song is, the more popular it becomes. I like giving details. Australia’s landscape, both geographically and culturally, is unique in the world, and I try to capture things that might seem totally normal to any other Australian, but may leave people from other nationalities thinking ‘what’s he on about? – that’s not how you write songs…’ Also, it just happens to be a good way to set the scene for a story.


What most attracts you to tales of love and loss?

Songs are inspired by emotion. Emotion comes from love and loss. Everyone reacts differently when presented with these emotions, and I like presenting different aspects of a fairly normal situation. It’s the subtleties within the emotions that I find carry the most weight in real life, so that’s what I try to bring to the surface when writing something.

Do you find yourself looking for narratives for songwriting or do you just have to notice them when they present themselves?

I have tried to source inspiration for the purpose of writing, but it never works. It has to be something that actually affects me personally to be able to make a song that is meaningful. I don’t often write literally about any experience, but take a notion that presents itself and use the concept to build something else.

Who are the singer/songwriters that have influenced you?

Every day I discover new singer/songwriters that influence me to varying degrees. It’s hard to know if you are being influenced by someone or you just really love what they do. If I had to give you five songwriters who I believe have had the most influence over my own songwriting, they would have to be Paul Simon, Paul Kelly, Ryan Adams, Jeff Lang and Fat Mike from NOFX.

What should we expect from Starboard Cannons at the Bob Dylan Birthday Bash?

We were lucky enough to be able to do the three songs we most wanted to do, so it is going to be a lot of fun. Top-class band and such a brilliant venue. We have chosen three quite different tracks and have given them all a good dose of Cannonsing. Dylan was a master lyricist, and I want to put the focus on what the guy was trying to say. But his songs have a remarkable way of being quite malleable, and we’ve been able to have some fun with them. We manage to become quite energetic whenever we perform, so expect us to be having a good time.

What’s the latest for you guys? What’s next on the agenda?

We released the album internationally just recently, and we’re getting a bit of airplay in different countries. It’s really interesting to see who are the most responsive. The Netherlands seems to be winning at the moment, closely followed by Canada and a bit of interest in the USA. The focus at the moment is on festivals. We have done a few great ones so far this year and we’ve got some more good ones coming up soon. Other than that, our hope is to have another album out some time early next year, so I suppose we should get onto that.

Byron Community Centre – Friday. 7.30pm. $25/20. Book on byroncentre.com.au.


Previous articlePaul Richard Arrowsmith
Next articleSyd Geary

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Norco set for rebuild but what about other businesses?

While the community digests Tuesday’s news of Norco’s Lismore ice cream factory’s rebuild, Norco Chief Executive, Michael Hampson wants to stress the importance of the plight of all flood-affected Lismore businesses including small and medium size ventures.

Flood-affected youth film screening tomorrow

Flickerfest and One Vision Productions have joined forces to facilitate a workshop and free film screening that has brought flood-affected youth together to tell their stories.

Eco Festival bringing Tweed residents together to get climate-ready

The Eco Festival, to be held in Murwillumbah, aims to bring Tweed residents together for a fun, free event with practical tips to help residents prepare to be climate-ready and environmentally friendly.

More pieces added to New Italy’s history

Dr Pol Dalmau, will visit the New Italy Museum on Sunday to talk about the Spanish archives with information about the Italian families who settled in the town from 1882.