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Music Roundup November 20

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San Cisco Get Frisko at the Northern

It’s been a busy couple of years for San Cisco. They spent 2012/13 on a whirlwind tour, debuting their self-titled album to the world.

san-cisco-From sold-out shows in LA, New York, Tokyo and London to major festivals such as Lollapalooza and Reading, they collect frequent-flyer points, fans and critical acclaim.

Expect the usual: handclaps, a catchy chorus or two, disco inspirations and a fair whack of soul.

Sunday at the Hotel Great Northern with their good mates Guns as support.

At the Kiosk

Devils Kiosk have taken it a step up and to the left, having wowed fans in recent years at music festivals across Australia including East Coast Blues & Roots, Woodford Folk Fest and the Gympie Muster. Recently Jamie Symons, frontman for the band, won the Hohner Golden Harmonica championships held at Tamworth Country Music Festival, taking it out for the second year in a row! This competition is held annually and competitors Australiawide come to compete, making it a premier event for harmonica players. Devil’s Kiosk play the Hotel Brunswick on Sunday.

No Strings Attached!

Byron Music Society is offering two concerts for the price of one. No strings attached! This Sunday at 1pm local young musos will be presenting some delightful music to showcase their talents. At 3pm, Sally Whitwell, winner of two Aria awards and described as a ‘breath of fresh air’ in Australian music, brings her wonderful pianistic skills to the Steinway. Two for one! Come and enjoy. Tickets: $30, members $25, children $10.

Behind the Kirtan

Mel Dobra concludes the ‘I Bow to You’ 2014 tour, in the belly of the tribe, in Mullumbimby, with voice, harmonium, guitar and many friends! After a whirlwind tour of shows and workshops at Melbourne’s and Sydney’s Mind Body Spirit Festivals, and a CD launch in Bali, Mel and Josh will bring her inspired and inspiring music to this intimate parish hall, following by workshops in the art of harmonium and techniques for living your vision. Sunday 30 November at St Martin’s Parish Hall, Stuart St, Mullumbimby with Art of Harmonium Workshop at St. Martin’s, 6 December 1–5pm and Living Your Vision Workshop at St Martin’s, 7 December 1–5pm. TICKETS: www.trybooking.com/GJEP

The Big Caddy

From 1966 until his departure for America in 1975, singer/songwriter, keyboard player and producer Brian Cadd was one of the most prominent musicians on the local scene. He remains a key figure in the history of Australian music; one glance at his extensive discography will indicate his prolific musical output, and he has been active in many other areas of the industry throughout his long and successful career. Cadd’s iconic status was acknowledged when he was inducted into the 2007 ARIA Hall of Fame. Bangalow Bowlo on Wednesday. $30. 8pm.

Music for the Empire

This weekend the streets are alive with Mullum Music Festival, and the town is literally buzzing with creativity! The Empire Café have prepared a cozy chill-out place in between the concerts, a place to lean back and enjoy some food and some pretty fancy Dj’s. DJ Sunny Side Up plays Thursday and Saturday and brings forth a blend of dub reggae, funk & soul with RnB flavours and a bit of hip hop from the good ole days. DJ Dave Dogg from Resin Dog Pound ‘n ‘ Hydrofunk Records Camp plays a massive three hour mix on Friday of Jazzy Soul Hip Hop funk breaks! And on Sunday its Beatdusta, grooving on through. From 11am daily.

Soul and Swain

Soul, R&B and jazz comprise her first language, and singer Toni Swain comes to town to showcase her latest offering The Red Shed. The true art in Toni’s music lies in her live shows, where humility and subtlety are at odds with an unstoppable force of nature – that voice, that clarion rising. Toni can take any tested hook and melody and take it to a higher place. Friday at the Treehouse in Belongil, Saturday in Mullum at Lulu’s and the Middle Pub, and then later that evening at Ballina’s Rous Hotel. Sunday at Ruby’s Swamp Blues Bazaar pop-up shop in Mullum and at 3pm at the Billinudgel Hotel.

Songs with Hart

Featured online earlier this week, Singer/songwriter Angie Hart is perhaps best known for her role as the lead vocalist in Frente.

A born collaborator, Frente has teamed up with fellow musicians Katie Noonan, Melody Pool and Sam Buckingham to present The Songs That Made Me, a moving showcase of the songs that have shaped these singers’ lives. The show and album are also a Pink Ribbon fundraiser for cancer research for breast and gynaecological cancers.

Friday at the Byron Theatre, Community Centre. Tickets are available from byroncentre.com.au.

Fade it Up

As the festive season approaches at a rapid rapid rate Beach Hotel, Byron Bay are warming up with feelgood hip-hop, old-school R’n’B and pop hits from Aussie DJ darlings The Faders this Saturday from 9pm. Having supported some massive tours (hint: twerking with her tongue out) they are headlining their own F.U.N 2 tour. To build on the fun times on the night they are giving away three Baby G watches. Stay tuned to Beach Hotel Byron Bay’s Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/beach.hotel.byron.bay) and Instagram (@beachhotelbyronbay) for more details on
how to win!

Girl with Grace

Hayley Grace is a multitalented, Australian singer/songwriter with that something special. Her soulful unmistakable sound and her energetic live shows looping guitar, vocals, beat box and percussion are making an impact everywhere she goes. Hayley had a very colourful and musical childhood, treading the boards from eight years of age, and performing live by age 15. She refined her musical skills as the lead singer of Sydney’s premier corporate entertainment band, Everyday People, before breaking out as a solo artist and spending the last eight years touring around Australia and internationally. Hayley now resides in Byron Bay, were she has just finished writing and recording her debut album Tales from the Road, which is set to be released in early 2015.

Catch her on Friday at the Byron Brewery from 8.30pm. Free.

More Music at the Middle

Every year during the Mullum Festival the Middle Pub hosts the Blues Shack featuring some of the best blues and roots bands around.  The weekend kicks off on Friday and will feature the reggae of Ragga Jump, the Soul Shakers and the Camel Tones, bands that are sure to get you grooving!  Saturday presents the Toni Swain band, as part of their east coast tour,  The Rouge Gene with Belle Hendrik and Gold Coast blues guitar slinger Andrew Baxter – it all happens this weekend in Mullumbimby.

Fishing for Music

Goonellabah-based singer/songwriter Chris Fisher will appear at Lulu’s Cafe in Mullumbimby at 11am this Sunday with Marcelle Townsend-Cross as part of this year’s Mullumbimby Music Festival. Fisher first began performing in the Byron Shire in 1989 and was a regular at local venues through the nineties. He has released four studio albums, the most recent Singin’ For Change in 2011, and this year released a single, Hand In Hand, which was inspired by the Bentley Blockade. Evocative lyrics and songcraft with earthy harmonies. Sets will include new material and a selection of favourites.


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