Brandolinis perform in Mullumbimby
Anyone who lives locally would have heard of Gabriel and Cecilia, the brother-and-sister duo who hail from the ridiculously talented Brandolini family.
It’s got the rest of us thinking that if that’s the legacy of a good Steiner upbringing, then I’m switching the iPad for a felt pad.
Now, after their recent national profile as finalists on The Voice, and under the tutelage of Will.i.am, they proved themselves to be impressive contenders on a much bigger stage.
The brother-and-sister duo present their triumphant return-home concert at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall this Saturday.
Expect a colourful array of instruments including piano, bass, ukulele, guitar and viola. They impress with stunning vocal skills, control and range. Gabriel displays a full three-octave range while Cecilia can sing any choice of harmony. 7pm.
Tix at the door. Adults $10, kids $5, and family is $25.
Harping on Amiability
AMABILE Ensemble present a little Afternoon Music, featuring flute, oboe, harp and strings. This recently formed ensemble sees the coming together of classical musicians who share a passion for chamber music. The program includes chamber works by Mozart, Jacob & Okano, and the world premiere of Nicholas Routley’s arrangement of Faurés Fantasy.
St Martin’s Church in Mullumbimby at 4pm. Tickets $20, conc $15 at Art Piece gallery or at door.
Sung in the Lung – two singers workshops
Do you get a horrible ‘pop’ every time you say P into a mic? What’s the difference between feedback and foldback? How far should you stand from the microphone? What’s the difference between studio mics and stage mics? What’s a stage plan?
If you feel at all nervous about microphones and all the PA gadgetry, this is the workshop for you.
Join performer, singer, songwriter and choir master Parissa Bouas in Byron on Sunday, 10am–12 noon. Go to www.stickytickets.com.au/18437. Cost: $20
Many aspiring singers, singing students and songwriters find themselves at auditions, exams or onstage without having had enough, if any, performance practice or honest critique.
Also in Byron following the mic technique workshop, from 1.30pm and just $40.
DJ Techno Party
The Byron Brewery presents Techno Fair, an event that will see some of the best DJs on the electronic scene come together for a whole day of electro music.
Featuring an international / interstate lineup: RifRaf – live from Berlin, LeOCH (Syd), Lucca Tan (Melbourne), Audun (GC), SessionKatz (GC) and top local crew Webber, Chris Bradley, Ryan Crowe, Si Clone, Pumpernickle and Milhouse v Jack Gosper. 2pm start with GNS Audio and lighting and Decor by Spectacle Art. $15/$20.
Sharing House is Tops
Ku Promotions are proud to present Topology, who are touring their latest album Share House. An ‘instrumental opera’, Share House follows five dysfunctional bandmates sharing a dishevelled flat and interwoven life, full of warmth, fun and unrequited love. The housemates make their squalor bearable through making music, but they can’t ignore it forever.
Disaster strikes, forcing each of them to face hard realities. Portraying fictional characters while playing intricate original music, Topology explores an unprecedented mode of performance fusing physical theatre and music – a wordless narrative conveyed through virtuosic instrumentation. A first of its kind, Share House opens eyes, ears and minds to a broadened landscape of artistic possibility in music and theatre. Saturday 16 August at Byron Community Centre from 7pm.
James Bennett is a young man of 24 who has grown up on the coast of NSW playing guitar, hanging out with friends, listening to Bob Dylan and surfing (there may have been some schooling in there too).
His music is best described as Rootsy/folk with influences such as Bob Dylan, John Butler and Xavier Rudd. Although James has a repertoire of cool covers, his real strength and appeal is in his original songs.
The last couple of years have seen James’ songwriting develop to a point where he has a good solid couple of sets of his own material .
He has just released Colourful kites to follow his two EPs and is getting great feedback from within the industry and the public alike. With an album full of demos, James has no shortage of well crafted and likeable songs.
Catch James this Sunday at the Sphinx Rock Cafe.
Sexy pub rock sensation Shybaby make a welcome return to the circuit when they fire up at The Lennox from 9.30pm this Saturday.
With new drummer Karl ‘The Butcher’ Perske now well and truly in the groove, a dedicated sound guy freeing Captain Mick to shred that fret-board and a swag of killer new hits, it promises to be a big night of party rock fun in this great little town by the sea.
Getting Back Up
It is more than two years since Mike McClellan decided to return to writing, recording and performing full time after a twenty-year hiatus. His decision has been greeted with enormous enthusiasm from fans right around the country.
With the release of If Only For a Moment in 2012, Mike went back on the road. In Perth and Brisbane they gave him a standing ovation. That album confirmed that he had lost nothing during his years away from the business. Indeed many have said he is singing and playing better than ever. Mike plays at the Byron Theatre, Friday 15 August.
He’s won coveted spots at the Byron Blues Festival, the Mullum Music Festival and at the inaugural Falls Byron Festival, and now north coast singer/songwriter Bill Jacobi teams up again this August with drummer Frank Corby of The Bondi Cigars.
They join forces for a Method gig at the Nimbin Hotel on Friday and the Channon Tavern on Sunday.
Back to Bhakti
Beautiful Brisbane-based trio Spirit of Bhakti will be in Mullumbimby this Saturday for a concert at St Martin’s. Featuring Radha Bornstein (vocals, guitar), Menaka Visvanathan-Thomas (south Indian vocals) and Shen Flindell (tabla), they create music to nourish the soul, with original devotional compositions interlaced with Sanskrit mantra and words from the mystical poets such as Rumi, Mirabai and Lord Krishna. 7pm.
Bring a cushion! For more details phone 0428 539 232.
A Curry Night To Remember
Find your way to Goonengerry Green Shoppe on Friday night to enjoy UK talent and soulful singer Kevin Mark Trail, whose music is a mix of soul, reggae, hip-hop, folk, and modern electro, influenced by US R&B and Jamaican reggae. $5 entry; kids under 16 are free. Curries, coffees, chais and cakes will be available from 6pm onwards.
Brisbane’s legendary eight-piece dance band Dubmarine play two Glo Dance shows for the August full moon.
From performances this year at Woodford and BluesFest, Dubmarine bring their high-energy dancehall, dub and crunk to the Glo Dance floor.
Their trademark features bass-driven foundations, twin trombone blasts and thunderous synth explosions.
Led by the vocal gymnastics of Indigenous superstar and Durrumbul man D-Kazman, Dubmarine have a mission: to produce the sound and fury of electronic music live, in all of its bass-crunching, rhythm-pounding, hip-shaking fiendish glory, all played by musicians, all real.
With DJ sets before and after by Dancing Tiger these will be two big nights to get your dance fix. Info and tickets at www.GLOdance.com.
Friday at Durrumbul Hall from 8pm and Saturday at Uki Hall at 8pm.
Oz goes latin
Enjoy a night with a live latin band, Oz Latin Brothers. That’s right, break out the satin and join Robert and Layla, who will glide you around the dancefloor, sharing the moves and the grooves that will have people gasping, ‘where did you learn to latin?’. We may have stopped learning to speak Latin with our mouths, but that doesn’t mean our bodies can’t keep up one hell of a conversation. 6pm salsa lesson and 7pm time to hit the floor, Bangalow Bowlo.
Tix are $20 presale or $25 at the door on the night.
Twenty-four-year-old New Zealander Marlon Williams made a pretty good impression when he played Mullum Music Festival last year, claiming the title as one of the most talked about acts on the bill. He is joined by an upcoming young artist with a very old soul, Melody Pool – this is when Marlon met Melody.
St Martin’s Mullumbimby on Friday at 8pm. Tickets on www.mullummusic.com or 6684 6195.
Tea for the Hulsman
This black-sheep son of a preacher family has found a new flock in his ministry as a musician. Tim Hulsman heard gypsy jazz at age five and his life changed. When he let his folks know he wouldn’t be continuing life as a Jehovah’s Witness, he was promptly excommunicated. The experience of seeing Tim Hulsman play live these days is often enhanced by the presence of his partner Nina Gran (Mantissa/Killing Time). Her expressive vocals and beautiful guitar and piano playing are a perfect accompaniment to both Tim’s voice and songs. He plays the Sheoak Shack on Saturday from 3pm.
Free APRA songwriting workshops – Kerriane Cox
Then on Thursday 14 August, award-winning Aboriginal singer/songwriter Kerrianne Cox will also be presenting an APRA songwriters workshop at 2pm–3.30pm in Studio One29, D Block Theatre, Contemporary Music Building, SCU Lismore campus.
The community is welcome to attend both APRA songwriting workshops, which are a mix of interview, stories and performance. Both events are free.
Free APRA songwriting workshops – Midnight Oil’s Jim Moginie
Midnight Oil’s Jim Moginie, guitarist and keyboard player of iconic Australian band Midnight Oil, will be sharing insights into his craft and the music industry at an APRA songwriters workshop for Southern Cross University contemporary music students at Lismore on Tuesday 12 August.
The overarching theme of Jim Moginie’s 35 years in the music industry – 25 of them with Midnight Oil – is collaboration and reinvention. Jim’s workshop is Tuesday August 12, 11am–1pm. Studio One29, D Block Theatre, Contemporary Music Building, Lismore campus. After the workshop, Jim will be performing one of his Jim Moginie Electric Guitar Orchestra pieces Opus 7 Branca with six SCU guitar students.
Kav Temperley (Eskimo Joe)
Ten years on from its release, Eskimo Joe’s classic second album A Song Is A City has given lead singer Kav Temperley the inspiration to share the stories from the album on an intimate and extensive solo acoustic tour throughout Australia from July to September.
A Song Is A City was the breakthrough album for the multiple ARIA Award winning Eskimo Joe, taking the Fremantle based band to the #2 position on the ARIA Album chart and reaching sales of more than double platinum. At the time of its release, Temperley described the recording as an album really about me, my friends, the people I love, and Fremantle. It’s the stories that go on between us.
Now Temperley will be sharing those stories on stage to celebrate the 10 year anniversary, both in song and as a story-teller. In addition to performing the hit songs from the album, Temperley will discuss with the audience the stories that influenced the songs. He will also play covers of some songs that influenced the album.
Kav Temperley will be at SoundLounge Currumbin Friday – Doors open from 7.30pm, show begins at 8pm
Tickets $25 online, or $30 at the door unless sold out.