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Music Roundup January 22

Latest News

Vaping and young people – what can be done to reduce the impact?

Two community forums are being held to look at the issue of youth vaping. The first is taking place today in Coffs Harbour and a second forum will be held in Ballina on 20 June.

Other News

Byron Council compliance staff bolstered

Are the van campers of Brunswick Heads thoughtless travellers with no respect for the town and its inhabitants, or are many in fact local homeless folk looking for a safe space with toilets and running water?

Political comment: Matey with Modi

Since becoming Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese has shown that he likes being publicly associated with popular figures, regardless of their negative associations for some Australians. Examples include Kyle Sandilands, Piers Morgan, and most recently the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi.

Vaccinating koalas

It is interesting to read that the program of catching and vaccinating wild koalas against chlamydial disease is happening...

Fire dining with Terra Firma

Terra Firma is revolutionising ‘eating out’ with their no-boundaries cooking-over-fire dining experiences coming 24 June to the Mid North...


Congratulations to Chris Minns for bringing in the new regulations about so-called VIP rooms in clubs and pubs. It’s...

Man charged following shooting in Ballina 

A man has been charged following a public place shooting in the state’s Ballina.

Jodi Martin’s Saltwater Tour

Jodi Martin and her honest folk/roots style, evocative of Jack Johnson and The Waifs, has taken her to far-flung corners of the globe and seen her heralded as ‘one of Australia’s most talented singer/songwriters’ by The Weekend Australian.

jodi-martin-closeup-glenJodi’s stunning new album Saltwater was co-written with folk legend Arlo Guthrie, during a songwriting road trip travelling from one end of the United States to the other. See Jodi at her soulful, quirky best.

Join us at the Byron Theatre on Friday 30 January from 7.30pm.

Tickets available from www.kupromotions.com.au/?p=1528.

Hanging Around

Infectious and cathartic female punk group The Coathangers bring their completely unaffected, unpretentious, deliciously sloppy and electrifying live shows to the Hotel Great Northern this Friday.

With album number four under their belt and being their most well-recorded and well-written album to date,  Suck My Shirt has just been released in Australia via Brisbane’s Smack Face Records.

The Coathangers’ live show has become a force to be reckoned with.

Coathangers at the Hotel Great Northern on Friday.

KAVA-KINGS-2015Kings of Kava

Tom, Daniel, Chris and James all went to the same high school (albeit in different years) and formation seemed inevitable.

It wasn’t until schoolies, however, in 2010 while bonding over kava – Fiji’s tongue-tingling ‘national drink’ – that the final pieces fell into place and a mutual love of kava and mutual love of gypsy, ska and reggae was to lay the foundation of the band and indeed their friendship.

They play the Byron Brewery on Friday from 8.30pm. Free entry.

Devotional Song, Food & Peace

This Saturday from 3pm till 6pm sees devotional songs and talks for world peace and happiness at the Byron Community Centre with a very special feast to follow. All Free to the community.

Growling Out and About

The Growlers play and surf their way across the country. Lead singer Brooks Neilsen is the ideal frontman – a mixture of swagger, performance, and dancing on stage. Expect just as much sweat, dancing, psychedelia and stage dives this time around as The Growlers bring The Babe Rainbow, Moses Gunn Collective, The Walking Who, Scotdrakula, and Sea Legs along for the ride.
At the Hotel Great Northern on Wednesday.

JAFFER-3JaFFer for Oz

JaFFer is the brainchild of charismatic frontman and funky bass player Luke ‘JaFFer’ Ferguson. Blessed with an amazing 5-octave vocal range and a love of all things soulful, JaFFer takes you from warm low Barry White tones to soaring Jeff Buckley highs.

JaFFer’s music is fresh, funky and exciting! Combining a fusion of rock / funk / pop around well-crafted, heartfelt and soulful songs.

Australia Day at the Brewery.

Inspiration for Young Musos

Young musicians aged 12–20 who play a big band instrument are in for a treat!

Every Monday night in February, Youth Jazz Orchestra (YJO), premier ensemble of The Northern Rivers Conservatorium, will host preparatory rehearsals for a specialist workshop with Australian jazz scene heavyweights Ken Stubbs and John Hoffman.

The workshop series costs $95 for Conservatorium students and $110 for external students.

For more information contact Julius at the Conservatorium on 6621 2266. Enrolment can be made at www.enrol.nrcac.edu.au.

mananaMañana Power

Mañana’s music is a unique blend of pop, reggae and folk, creating a natural sound that is ear pleasing to literally anyone.

Mañana have just recorded a self-titled album, which the boys will be releasing in May and to coincide with the release, Mañana will be touring up to Surfers Paradise and back.

They play this week at the Byron Brewery on Saturday from 8pm.

Backhouse is Back

Tony Backhouse, founder of Cafe of the Gate of Salvation, Heavenly Light Quartet, composer, gospel expert, and choral arranger supreme returns to Mullumbimby for a raise-the-roof singing experience for all levels.

Arranged in four parts of more, with opportunities for improvisation and soloing, Tony’s workshops are beloved worldwide for creating an electrifying sense of joy, harmony and soulshine.

Tix $30 at the door. Sunday at Mullum Civic Hall, 1–4pm.


With a signature sound and unforgettable live reputation, OKA is still serving their progressive roots music.

Electrified didgeridoo, heavy slide guitar, soaring flutes and juju rhythms are some of the many ingredients in this Australian sound that’s matured over a decade.

Their past is unique and reflects a sun-drenched coastal lifestyle they call home. Here we find them with their sixth studio album Milk & Honey that hints to be the most exciting yet.

Incorporating flavours of dub, electronica, hip-hop, jazz and many forms of world music, for years people have tried to define the OKA sound. OKA gigs create a real-time soundtrack, and an empowering vibe leaving listeners hungry for more. At the Hotel Brunswick on Sunday.

the-wild-comfortsSome Comfort for You

Melbourne-based The Wild Comforts have put together a new album called Silver City Sorrow.

The core of the album lies in the songwriting pen of frontman Joshua Deeble, with songs that capture the spirit of country music and borrow freely from folk, punk, and blues.

The bedrock of the album was put down with Bill Chambers and Jeff McCormack at The Music Cellar – the hallowed walls bearing awards for artists such as Paul Kelly and Kasey Chambers.

They play The Rails on Thursday.

Aussie Aussie Aussie – Uke Uke Uke

Miss Amber and Stukulele have put together a true-blue dinki-di ripper of a songbook for this month’s UKE NIGHT at the Court House Hotel.

A swag of Chisel, Oils, Divinyls, Aussie Crawl, Hunnas and more of your faves. Beloved guests, local singer types Sara Tindley and Ash Bell, are back to help transcend the cultural cringe with the UKE NIGHT band from 6.30pm, Thursday 29 January.

Entry $10, kids under 15 $2.50. Don’t miss your chance to publicly diss the f***tards who are running our once fair country.

Join the mailing list at ukemullum.com for the songbook.


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