Uke Turns 3
This Thursday Stukulele and Miss Amber celebrate Uke Mullum’s third birthday. With the apt theme of ‘3’, special guests are: Ash Bell singing 3 Times A Lady; the 12-piece Northern Rivers Uke Orchestra; local guitar whiz Warren Earl who will drop in for some uke solos; and the amazing Joel Salom who will be attempting an unofficial world record for juggling three ukuleles.
Sing, strum, enjoy the band; there’s ‘heaps more’ planned for what is sure to be another memorable, fun family event at The Court House Hotel Mullumbimby.
If you join the Uke Mullum mailing list then you will receive the monthly songbook (see www.ukemullum.com. ). Adults $10, kids under 15 $2.50
Colour Your World
Christmas comes early for music lovers with earlybird tickets on sale now for the seventh Mullumbimby Music Festival.
The Biggest Little Music Festival has certainly made its mark on the music circuit among patrons and performers alike with festival darling Mama Kin declaring Mullum her favourite music festival.
The festival reflects the egalitarian feel of the town where hippies rub shoulders with property developers, teenagers with their parents, the new age with the old age.
There are no VIP exclusion zones for the Mullum Music Festival – no private bars, no ‘Access All Areas’. Mullum Music Festival offers an event free of pretension where music makers and music lovers are all secret ingredients mixed in the pot for this four-day gumbo!
The people behind the Mullum Music Festival have recently been stirring the pot, and have creative ideas a-plenty for this year’s event.
‘Mullum Music Festival is about community engagement and enrichment,’ says director Glenn Wright, who this year is launching a Colouring-in Comp for the kids.
‘Well-known local musician, composer and exhibiting artist Michael White has designed this Dr Seuss-styled caricature of the village of Mullumbimby. Past posters have been created by acclaimed Newtown poster designers WE BUY YOUR KIDS, and local artists Stuart Eadie and Rachel Stone.
‘We strive to deliver a fresh concept, and this year we are delighted with the results. Colouring-in Competition forms will be available at the Mullum Newsagency and online through the Mullum Music Festival Website.
The competition will run until 26 August when two lucky young artists will receive a Mullum Music Festival weekend ticket for themselves and a parent or guardian.
Earlybird Festival tickets are available until 10 August. Go to www.mullummusicfestival.com or phone 6684 6195.
The musicians Stephanie Widmer (vocals, didgeridoo, jaw harp, drums) and Alexander Köck (vocals, guitar, synthesiser) met at Alexander’s EP-release show. Stephanie performed as their support act.
Soon after, Stephanie left the country to head to Australia for six months, and returned with a didgeridoo and jaw harp in her bag. They spent the summer in a house by the seaside recording the album to be released this spring!
Come witness the joy of the sound of music that is Cari Cari at the Byron Brewery on Friday from 8pm. Free.
Music at the Empire
After having grown up falling asleep to the sounds of Fleetwood Mac, Tasmania-born Luke Bennett found his way to the guitar at just 14.
Emerging from the bedroom as a guitarist after he finished college, Luke adopted a nomadic lifestyle and of course songwriting was just an extension of that path less travelled.
Displaying catchy pop sensibilities that resemble artists such as John Mayer and Sting and fusing them with stripped-back earthiness, Luke Bennett’s music has a richness that you are going to love.
He plays the Empire Cafe and Deluxe Burger Bar on Friday from 6pm. On Saturday from 5pm you can catch Bay FM’s DJ Aqua traversing everything from new wave to pop!
It’s the final countdown
It’s been an exciting lead-up to Grand final fever at the Middle to uncover some of the best local talent in the region. Greg Buckman, the organiser of Mullumbimby’s Middle Pub’s Band Comp, talks to The Echo’s Mandy Nolan about the upcoming highlights.
The final is kicking off on Saturday from 4pm, and from what we can tell, there’s some fierce competition!
Be a karaoke champ
Inside every person is the desire to be a karaoke champ. Fortunately you won’t have to sit through that show, but what is on offer is the best of the best, with Heat 3 of the Karaoke World Championships at the Byron Brewery on Sunday from 6pm.
The Final winners will secure a place in the Queensland State Finals at the Coolangatta Tweed Heads Golf Club on Sat 4 October.
The winner of the state final will win immediate entry, to represent their state, in the Australian National Grand Final later that same evening where they will compete for the chance to represent Australia in Sweden in November!
Geography of music in Lennox
The Victims of Geography describes itself as a ‘mongrel band’. That’s not because they trash hotel rooms or leave hordes of women pregnant in their wake, it’s because they are made up of bits and pieces of various north coast bands.
Focusing on swing with Scott Davy on sax and vocals, this is one mongrel you want to catch.
Sunday at Club Lennox from 4pm.
With his heart on his sleeve and a fire in his bones, Dan Hannaford swaggers between acoustic guitars, bottleneck slide, jaw harp and backyard-built stompboxes.
He was born the son of a preacher, and his musical heritage journeys back to childhood gospel performances growing up in the seaside town of Ballina just south of Byron Bay.
Now based in Currumbin Valley on the Gold Coast, he has spent the last three years playing hundreds of east coast pubs, festivals and venues.
He plays the Hotel Great Northern on Friday.
Hill Billi Jam
The Billi jam at the Billinudgel Hotel (it’s in Billinudgel!) will come alive this Sunday with the sounds of John Hill, one of Sydney’s finest singer/songwriters and piano players.
Hill, who has seen the light and relocated to the northern rivers, plays and sings in the style of New Orleans barrel-house blues artists, has released four CDs and travelled over the world performing and developing his urban swamp blues. Joining him will be Belle Hendrik on bass and vocals.
They have recently reunited in the studio, recording a track for Belle’s new single Highway Blues with band The Rogue Gene. The day will be hosted as always by the infectious voice and charms of Lyne Davis, the multi-talented Grant Robertson and a host of happy jammers. From 2pm.
This week’s featured artist is the Amazing Marcia Hines in Bangalow – catch Marcia Hines in concert with her collaborators Ron E Jones, Tom Diesel and a brand-new kicking band, singing the hits that you want to hear and the new Amazing songs that you won’t want to stop hearing.
See Hines at the Bowlo in Bangalow on Thursday at 8pm. Presale tix: $35.00 (+bf);
Door tix: $39.95. Book online at www.bangalowbowlo.com.au. For those who can’t make this one you can also catch Marcia at Twin Towns Tweed Heads Friday at 8.30pm
The Kellie Gang
No stranger to performances, the Kellie Gang present Ms Trombone Kellie as an amusing, entertaining addition to their outfit, using her versatility on trombone and rich vocal to interpret soul, blues, rockabilly and gospel.
Saturday at Tyalgum Hall. Tickets www.trybooking.com/90165 or $20 on the door. Supper available. BYO drinks. (15+)
The Horace Bevan band first hit the stage in July 2013 for a Sunday afternoon impromptu gig at the Aussie Hotel in Ballina.
After a six-year journey of soul searching, musical experimentation with dozens of talented musicians, and just plain old don’t-stop-till-you-drop attitude, Horace came across four of the most unlikely candidates – and struck gold.
Catch these purveyors of rock, country, soul and blues at the Brunswick Bowling Club on Saturday from 8pm.
Monsters at the Rails
Monster Guitars are Mark Easton and Adam Hole. These two buffed-up blokes present duelling guitars, scorching slide riffs and extended jams. Both are slide guitar masters so this is a two-man odyssey in blues guitar coming to the Rails in Byron. Thursday from 7pm.
Melbourne-born emerging artist and powerhouse vocalist Kellie Knight fuses old-school funk, neo-soul groove and catchy rock licks with her songs that intertwine a conscious lyric, smoke-and-whisky vocal, whipped with pop arrangement.
Backed by her fabulous band The Daze you can catch this class act at The Rails on Friday and Sunday Chill session at the Beach Hotel.
Treat for classical lovers
St Mary’s Anglican Church in Ballina will play host to two performances this weekend. This Saturday there will be a recital of organ music by Warren Whitney and a performance by the choir, Spiritsong with invited soloists and conductor, of the St Cecilia Mass by Charles Gounod.
Sunday sees the grand variety concert with Summerland Brass Quintet, trumpet and organ works, and vocal ensembles, including Acapelicans, Spiritsong and St Andrew’s Choir, Lismore. Both shows at St Mary’s Anglican Church start at 7.30pm.
The Jack is Back
Jack O’Leary is an Irish folk, jazz and blues singer that has captured the soul and essence of Irish music and song. His trade has developed out of a deep love of narrative that communicates a very personal experience. He sings of love, loss, hope and freedom. Ballina RSL with his duo on Saturday from 6.30pm
Broadfoot return to the Hotel Brunswick this Saturday, bringing a selection of their finest backyard organic musical produce in combination with a more common garden-variety of songs, all designed to get the dancers up, the feet moving and souls aglow.
Uplifting music for people of all creeds; starts at 7.30pm.
Local group the Jesse Morris Band bring the winter warmth of their original and conscious blues, roots and reggae music with songs about the surf, the earth, change and growth.
Delivered on handmade acoustic guitars, drums, percussion and soul-filled harmonies.
At Frankie Brown in Byron Bay on Thursday.
Electrik Lemonade return to the Platinum Lounge playing their rump-funkin’ repertoire of original energetic funk tunes and some special covers, infused with blues, soul, hip-hop and electronic elements. Tuesday at the Lismore Workers Club.
Marlon & Melody – Mullumbimby
Two of Australasia’s most exciting young musicians have joined forces to co-headline a tour across the country. Singer/songwriters Melody Pool (Hunter Valley) and Marlon Williams (Christchurch) are a treat for audiences because their shows are ‘captivating’.
With Iain Shedden of The Australian declaring Pool’s debut one of the most accomplished by a new singer/songwriter in years, and Williams being described by Rhythms mag as ‘the impossible love child of Elvis, Roy Orbison and Townes Van Zandt’, this is a show you won’t want to miss. St Martin’s Hall in Mullumbimby on Friday 8 August at 8pm. Tickets www.mullummusic.com or 6684 6195.
Grab a Coopers
Wilson Cooper strap their boards onto the roof of their tour bus and head to the Lennox Head Pub as part of their Winter Warmers tour. Come and party with the band and the crew from Lennox longboarders as they relax after a hard day of surfing in their annual longboard comp. Saturday.