Hardworking singer/songwriter Dan Hannaford has won this year’s Play Mullum and Falls Festival Protest Song Comp with his song Payday, which he describes as ‘a rally cry for working musicians and artists to unite around the world’. ‘Payday’ is a metaphor not only for what artists are owed financially, but a call for an appreciation of their value to a community and its culture.’
Along with his playing both festivals, you can catch him at Hotel Brunswick on Thursday.
Get Your FedRocks OFF
The major fundraising event to assist with the continued maintenance of the community space that is Jasper Corner, Federal, will this year be a BIG music gig titled FedRocks at Federal Hall, 7pm this Saturday. Featuring two great bands, the legendary Feremones and our own Jesse Morris Band it will be a night full of friends, music, dance, food, drinks and good times. First up on the night will be our own local roots reggae troubadours the Jesse Morris Band. The Jesse Morris Band also features local artists Rob DeMasi on drums/percussion and Tom Kelly on bass.
Dubbed as the northern rivers’ very own ‘supergroup’, The Feremones comprise a myriad of internationally acclaimed musicians.Their repertoire comprises the great songs of the 60s, 70s and 80s and its members have played and worked some of the world’s supergroups and solo artists. Numbers will be limited. Tickets are $25 with food and a bar will be available. You can ensure your ticket through pre-purchasing by emailing [email protected] or contacting Alan on 6684 9313 or Machatarn 6684 9222.
Katie Noonan’s Songs That Made Me returns to the Byron Theatre showcasing female musicians performing the songs that have shaped their lives. Growing from its 2013 incarnation, Songs That Made Me the album was released on 17 October, with 100 per cent of monies raised going directly to the Cancer Council’s Pink Ribbon Campaign, with an extensive national concert tour kicking off on 30 October.
The all-female tracklist features a stunning array of Australian artists, each choosing a track with special significance, continuing on with the Songs That Made Me theme of sharing stories of influences, artistic journeys and the landmark songs that have sound-tracked their lives. The Songs That Made Me tour features Katie Noonan, Angie Hart, Melody Pool and Sam Buckingham. They play Friday 21 Nov at the Byron Theatre – tickets at byroncentre.com.au.
Brothers in Depression
The Barkers Vale Brothers feature at the Gollan Hotel in Lismore’s No Depression night this Thursday. The lads are really two brothers from the mountains of Barkers Vale in northern NSW and play bluegrass, roots and swing music, original and traditional. They have been delighting festival crowds with their dry wit and great playing. Gareth just won the inaugural banjo competition at the recent Bangalow BBQ and Bluegrass Festival.They will end the night with a jam with the house band around one microphone, old-time bluegrass style.
Walking the E-Lion
Reggae ska blues and roots frontman Eli Hugh is joined by band E-Lion, who are well known for playing energetic Bob Marley songs, sublime reggae roots and many other covers, ranging from blues to pop, even punk rock and hip-hop. E-Lion mix up the vibe with high-energy reggae; add master percussionists and even throw in electronic sound.
Saturday at the Sheoak Shack in Fingal Head from 7pm.
Kevin Borich is a man with 45 years of professional experience behind him; a man who jammed with Santana during the famed Rock Arena show, Calder Raceway 1977 – 60,000 people. Onstage jams with legendary Bo Diddley, Richie Blackmore (of Deep Purple), Taj Mahal, John Mayall, Living Colour… toured with Joe Walsh as The Party Boys… and a man who was inducted into the Australian Blues Foundation Hall of Fame.
Backed by great musicians such as Paul Wheeler (drums – Icehouse), he always has a rhythm section to die for.
Their brilliant uniqueness will have you by the heart and soul, altogether having you wanting more.
Kevin Borich Express plays Saturday at the Bangalow Bowlo from 7.30pm. Presale tix $20 (+bf); door tix $25.
Fire on Stage
Hailing from the mighty H-Town (Hamilton), Aoteoroa (New Zealand), Katchafire have become a global roots reggae phenomenon. The all-Maori reggae band bring their pure classic sound to music lovers worldwide, delivering one of the most authentic reggae shows around today. Katchafire has crafted a universal vibe, capturing something truly special in a diversity of instrumentation and clarity of sound. Thursday at the Byron Brewery at 8pm. Tix are $40.
Nahko’s music is a unique fusion of rock, folk and reggae, and the band is renowned for its powerful live performances, having become one of the USA’s most sought-after festival acts. Nahko allows listeners to follow him on his journey towards personal and spiritual realisation while unifying people and bridging cultural gaps.
Nahko plays Tuesday 18 Nov at the Byron Bay Brewery with Dustin Thomas. Also at the Brewery on Thursday 20 Nov and at the Mullum Music Festival the following week.
Inside Outlaw present music that is honest, uncorrupted and believable, reflecting their blue-collar upbringing. They write music for the everyday person dealing with real and relevant issues and promoting universal values such as hope, resilience, empathy and respect and compassion for others and the environment. Inside Outlaw perform at Ginger Pig Byron Bay on Thursday at 7pm.
Portugal. The Man are prolific on stage and in the studio and have to released seven albums while keeping a pace of 200 shows each year since the band’s formation. They have developed a reputation as a must-see set at every major festival across the globe, including Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, SXSW, Austin City Limits and Australia’s own Laneway, Big Day Out and Splendour In The Grass festivals.
Portugal the Man play two local shows: Hotel Brunswick on Saturday at 3pm. Beach Hotel on Saturday at 7.30pm.
The Cat Show
CC has toured Australia relentlessly for the past ten years with her reggae/funk/soul act CC The Cat. CC’s lineup boasts a new horn section led by Brisbane’s brass boss Stevie Buchanan (the brains behind Brisbane’s hottest new act, 8-piece new-wave brass band Bullhorn) and sassy trombonist Ange Gadd (ex-Dubmarine, One Dragon Two Dragon). Kingfisha’s Dave Bell has been rocking CC’s rhythms for the past three years, with CC’s younger sister Julia Rose ripping on bass and vocals. She plays Sphinx Rock Cafe in Uki at 1pm on Sunday and Mullum Music Festival at the Court House on Sunday.
Leo Sayer is held in great esteem as a live performer and recording artist by all age groups – from six to 60 with his concert history legendary. Leo has sold millions of albums around the world with 20 worldwide top-ten hits during his career, many of these self-penned, and he continues to entertain audiences with an amazing live show featuring his uniquely powerful and recognisable voice.
Since his first tour Downunder in the early 70s Leo fell in love with Australia and in 2009 became an Australian citizen. He plays Twin Towns in Tweed Heads on Friday at 8pm. Tix are $40.
Pigeons in the Ocean Cavo
Dave and Michael have formed the Cavo & Pigeon Boy duo and are making their mark around the northern NSW region playing to crowds a mixture of cover and original songs. Acoustic guitar, harmonica and drums. Friday at the Ocean Shores Country Club from 6pm.
Remembering the Fallen
Hymns of Remembrance is an occasion not to glorify war but to honour the faith of all those who endured it. The service will combine stories and songs in recalling the start of WWI in events such as the unofficial truce of Christmas Eve 1914.
Saturday at St Kevin’s Hall in Bangalow at 2.30pm. Free.