The Tristan O’Meara Band
Byron Bay-based roots/folk artist and multi-instrumentalist Tristan O’Meara has performed for thousands upon thousands on the streets of cities across the world from Australia to the UK, Ireland, most of western Europe, even such places as India, Nepal and Bangkok!
Tristan has released four albums and performed well over 1,000 shows! Since 2012 Tristan has teamed up with a couple of good mates from the Byron area to add Jake Russell on bass and Mark Braggins on drums, to form The Tristan O’Meara Band.
Together they perform with rich intensity and offer an uplifting and soulful show, playing in a range of genres covering blues/rock, country/blues folk and world music, coming from a mixed bag of influences.
Saturday at the Byron Brewery from 8pm. Free entry.
All Tomorrow’s Tulips
Tomorrows Tulips’ third LP WHEN showcases the group’s evolution through a blend of pop sensibilities with post punk, noise rock and DIY recording techniques – endeavours that demonstrate the band’s interest in experimentation and impromptu deconstruction. They play the Hotel Great Northern on Friday.
Lou Bradley is a first-rate songwriter, with a unique turn of phrase and a playful ironic touch, her songs avoid the crushing blandness that dogs the lyrics on most Australian country albums.
Coining the phrase hillbilly pop to describe her own blend of alt country, bluegrass, folk and mountain music, Lou has been captivating audiences all over the country after winning the inaugural John Butler Seed touring grant in 2005.
Catch her this Friday night, at the Ballina RSL Club and 2pm at the Ballina RSL Bowling Club on Sunday.
Cath Me if you can
The Cath Simes Band is a dynamic four-piece that captivate audiences wherever they perform. Fronting the band with impeccable vocal delivery and vivacious presence, both on and off the stage, is singer Cath Simes. Her professional demeanour and energy while performing have firmly placed Cath in the upper echelon of vocalists on the north coast.The band play Saturday night at Club Lennox.
Jenkins and Tindley at the Court House
Charles Jenkins has been lauded by Noel Mengel of the Courier Mail as one of Australia’s finest songwriters, delivering tunes as finely honed as a Hemingway short story – not a phrase or a note out of place.
With more than 25 years’ experience in the Australian music industry, Melbourne-based songwriter/musician and performer Charles Jenkins will be playing Mullum’s Court House Hotel on Sunday 12 October at 6pm with Sara Tindley.
Multi-instrumentalist Aaron West will be dishing up a few sets of originals and covers inspired by his favourite legendary blues, funk, jazz, soul, gospel, country, second-line and jazz/rock artists.
Aaron and Will both live on the Gold Coast and will be joined by local legends Jim and Greg. A wonderful afternoon of music. At Club Lennox on Sunday from 4pm.
A peek at yer Willie
What the people need is a country music revue loosely based around the popular songs of a prominent country music star like Willie Nelson, featuring our area’s most revered country singer types… say Clelia Adams, Kim Cheshire, Sara Tindley and Warren Earl with a crack band including lap steel.
Thank god for the Mullum Ex-Services Club because on Friday 10 October they are hosting such an event with support from Miss Amber and Stukulele.
Tickets $20 at the door. 20 per cent off tickets for groups of four or more (+ BF) available online at www.trybooking.com/FTEL.
The Power of Drum
Expect introspection, meditative melodies and thunderous might in the exuberant TaikOz new production Crimson Sky at Lismore City Hall this week.
Australia’s cultural icons and premier drumming ensemble present virtuoso Satsuki Odamura on bass koto in this new masterwork composed by Ian Cleworth, TaikOz artistic director. Along with the Friday 10 and Saturday 11 performances at Lismore City Hall there will also be a 4pm workshop on the Friday for $15. For performance and workshop enquiries call 1300 066 772.
Australia’s own gypsy-ska rockers, Caravana Sun have returned from their third European Summer Tour after the international launch of independent album release AYA. Still thriving on the high from playing to foreign festival crowds throughout Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, France, Malta and Portugal, Caravana Sun are rolling right on in to their homecoming tour launching new single Jackal In The Night.
The Jackal In The Night tour celebrates the final single from AYA, which was recorded in an old water-tank-cum-studio nestled in the mountains close to Australia’s famous surfing coast by Govinda Doyle in just over a month.
They play the Hotel Brunswick on Sunday.
Raising $ for Mookx
Mookx Hanley arrived in the Rainbow Region in 1970 with his wife Shanto (now Julie) to settle at the Tuntable Falls community near Nimbin. As a singing and multi-instrumentalist duo they were singing for peace, saving the forests, anti-uranium mining and many other causes and over the years played countless benefits.
Mookx recently appeared at the Bentley Blockade where his songs were very popular, and immediately after Bentley’s camp closure, Mookx was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
So this Sunday at the Lismore City Bowlo from 2pm a whole bunch of his musician comrades are contributing live appearances in a one-off benefit to get Mook to a retreat at the Ian Gawler Foundation.
The star-studded cast includes: Diana Anaid, Azo Bell, Luke Vassella, Barry Ferrier, Monkey and the Fish, Barkers Vale Bros, Elizabeth Lord and many many more. Entry $10 suggested donation. Major raffle prize, food and chai by Nuro and Madhu (Mookx’s grown-up kids), club bar open.
rockers The Delta Riggs cannot get enough of the Byron sunshine and are dropping by the Beach Hotel for a very special show before their new Dipzzebazios album is released. They are bringing their good mates from Sydney, Retreat, for a show on Friday at 9pm. Free!
The Music Bowlo
Hailing from Huntington Beach, California, Allensworth, dubbed ‘Cali-coastal soul music’, are coming to Bangalow Bowlo on their fourth east coast tour. Sharing the stage with funk and soul pioneers such as James Brown, Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters, Maceo Parker and George Clinton to name a few, The Allensworth Project is a mix of classic soul laced with blues, rock and a touch of reggae. Sunday from 3pm. Tix are $10 on the door.
The Fame Game
This Friday enjoy the fabulous talents of local musicians at 15 Minutes of Fame at Stokers Siding Hall. Main band for the evening is Rob Fitches and TNT, and in support Stan Ceglinski and his combo pumping out boogie blues.
Last Mullum Music Festival the delightful Mr Ceglinski showed his enormous generosity by gifting my daughter one of his tomato-tin bass guitars – I have to say we’ve been enjoying it ever since! It’s amazing what a man can do with a tin and a string! 7pm. $10.
T2E Mullum Music Festival has deepened its commitment to local youth with the announcement of a newly formed not-for-profit organisation called The Youth Training Station, offering career advice and lifestyle information to teens in the northern rivers region of NSW.
Building on the strengths and success of the festival’s long-running Youth Mentorship Program that supports up-and-coming local musicians, The Youth Training Station covers a range of industries from filmmaking to midwifery.
Launching this innovative new project on Sunday at the Court House Hotel in Mullumbimby are Ash Bell and Matt Bone (Starboard Cannons), Danni Carr (Mr Cassidy), Warren Earl, Rebecca Ireland, Joel Salom, Merryn Boller (Potato Potato), Mali Biggin, Cai Leplaw, and MC Byron Shire mayor Simon Richardson. 4pm. $10 entry.
Grown in the boroughs of Brisbane, Chocolate Strings are a motley orchestra of eight possessing the pulse of afro beat with a score built on soul, funk and ragga-fied melodies. Often referred to as ‘The Strings’, the coconut-flavoured harmonies sung by Ofa Fanaika, Nikki McWalters and Nia Falekakala are merely the beginnings of their renowned cook-up.
Guitarist and singer Alex Skinner serves sharp and tasty witty ditties. However there is no doubt that the sheer number of the group is their defining flavour.
Everything played by this delicious octet is bass laced by bassist McKelliget, brass-tastically bolder owing to Josh Appleby’s sax and relentlessly booming with the Bam Bam Boys’ signature hits. Friday at the Byron Brewery with Air Structure and DJ Rainman. 8pm. $8/$14
Alright, so I guess this guy is pretty good.
Berlin’s Nils Frahm is only playing a handful of gigs here in Australia, the most notable being at Sydney’s iconic Opera House – and he’s coming to Byron for one very special show. Deeply inquisitive and forever searching for the ‘magic and spirit’ in every space, Frahm’s devotion to the stage culminated in his seventh and most recent LP Spaces, a live album captured from two years of performances in the world’s iconic concert halls and underground clubs alike. Breathing new life into old traditions within a circle of contemporaries including Ludovico Einaudi, Max Richterand, recent collaborators Ólafur Arnalds and Arcade Fire’s Sarah Neufeld.
Nils Frahm plays at the Byron Theatre at the Community Centre Tuesday 7 October – tix at venue.