Conductor, composer and musician Nicholas Routley presents Glorious Baroque at the Bangalow A&I Hall this Sunday.
Routley has been the inspiration to bring together some of the most experienced choral singers in the region to form Vox Caldera.
Under his expert direction, and with superb local talent in abundance, Vox Caldera has already proved outstanding in performance, electric in ensemble, full of colour and interest.
The singers in this choir come from a broad range of experiences – jazz, classical, opera, oratorio, chamber choirs, teaching, choral directing – and from community and award-winning choral groups from all around Australia.
Monteverdi and Purcell are two names well known in the choral repertoire, and this concert is a heady indulgence of music from both these composers.
Nicholas is well informed in the art and intricacies of early music, and with now local violinist Bridget Crouch leading an early-music ensemble, this concert takes the local choral and string-playing community to another place.
The historic A&I Hall in Bangalow is perfect for such a performance with its wonderful acoustic ambience.
Sunday from 2pm, A&I Hall Bangalow.
Tickets Adults $30, members $25, school students $10
Barebones Bangalow 6687 1393 Mary Ryan’s 6685 8183
Mullum Bookshop 6684 1413
Yoyo Tuki at Oska
Yoyo Tuki is a musician and visionary artist from the Polynesian island of Rapa Nui (Easter Island). Yoyo’s music is a unique fusion of his Rapa Nui roots with influences from around the world.
It has been described by many as ceremonial, evocative, emotive and spiritual with contagious rhythms and melodies, and has gathered a worldwide following.
While still retaining his origins, he is not afraid to explore music styles from diverse backgrounds and from all corners of the globe.
His musical taste is wide and varied, embracing everything from traditional Rapa Nui to afro, reggae, pop and folk.
You can experience Yoyo Tuki’s music in an acoustic setting at Cafe Oska on Saturday from 7.30pm.
Timo Pankau is a 24-year-old singer/songwriter, performing emotive songs through his raspy vocals and colourful storytelling throughout Europe, the UK and Australia.
Looking for new challenges, Timo moved to Australia, Byron Bay in 2013, where he established himself in the local music scene, gaining regular spots, playing gigs at coffee shops and bars and drawing the attention of BayFM and local newspapers.
He performed at the Guinness World Record attempt for the biggest busk in the world, held in Brisbane.
Timo is currently completing his debut EP and has just recorded his latest single Never too Late, which will be available on iTunes, Spotify and Last.FM from the end of April.
He plays Friday at the Byron Brewery from 7.30pm.
Uke Nights March with Gospel
The Saints are marching in as Miss Amber and Stukulele’s uke night does gospel – with special guests Jessie and Emma from The Lucky Wonders leading the Raise the Roof Gospel Choir. Also appearing are the talented chanteuse Renee Searles and Gareth Baajland from The Barkers Vale Brothers on banjo.
This cherished monthly event at the Court House Hotel is set to take you higher than ever before. Heavenly! This Thursday from 6.30pm.
The songbook is available by joining the mailing list at www.ukemullum.com – Adults $10, kids under 15 $2.50.
The Byron Bay Brewery will play host this Saturday to Faleepo Francisco. The three-piece band from Brisbane consists of Rhys Roberts (guitar/vocals), Aaron Muscat (guitar/vocals) and Jack Dean (drums/backing vocals).
After playing in multiple venues in Brisbane to the likes of The Zoo and The Hifi, and selling out 250+ capacity venues around Brisbane, the band then moved on to tour Byron Bay, Gold Coast and Toowoomba.
Faleepo Francisco’s raw energy, powerful onstage performances and catchy riffs make for The Brewery show to be a massive night for Brisbane’s indie rock trio.
Opening will be Brisbane’s soulful solo artist Ian Jenkinson. Saturday at the Brewery from 7.30pm.
The Province of Brunswick
Byron band A Little Province has been blowing away audiences with their heavy-bass-lined, folk-infused prog rock for five years now. Lyrically,
A Little Province are paving the way to ‘become a pioneer, control your own desires, be proud of your ideas, find the flame that burns the highest’.
Melodically, their rhythms are designed to get you dancing, and take you on a journey, as the violin soars amid the fabric of heavenly affected guitar, the angelic voice of the singing drummer, mandolin, and heavy bass.
They play the Hotel Brunswick on Sunday.
The inaugural Southern Cross Arts Festival – featuring jazz legend Paul Grabowsky, the band Tora and national campus band competition winners Parkside Orchestra, ARIA award-winning guitarists the Grigoryan Brothers, and exhibitions of visual arts – will launch on Friday at the Lismore campus of Southern Cross University.
Southern Cross Arts Festival is a concept developed by the School of Arts and Social Sciences at the uni and will involve events at the Gold Coast, Lismore and Coffs Harbour campuses.
It runs from March to October 2015 and features more than 30 events, including 25 bands and music groups, art exhibitions, creative writing performances and media presentations.
Acts will include local and interstate bands such as The Babe Rainbow, Tora, and The Demon Parade, alongside Southern Cross University student bands Nocturnal Tapes and Parkside Orchestra (winners of the 2014 National Campus Band Competition).
In Lismore on Friday the university will be hosting the jazz legend Paul Grabowsky, presented by the Northern Rivers Conservatorium.
Visit the Southern Cross Arts Festival website for dates, times, locations and other information lexsa.com.au.
Ku Promotions are proud to present for the first time Bill Chambers, the legendary father of alt-country music in Australia, and ARIA-nominated Mullumbimby hillbilly Lou Bradley. The pair are teaming up for a one-show-only double bill – The Moonshine Sessions.
Bill Chambers brings with him the experience and collection of original songs that come from a genre as old as the hills, and a music soul as old as time itself.
With a collection of awards and accolades plenty enough to tow with a trailer, Bill Chambers has a haunting and seductive way of capturing even the most sceptical country music audiences.
One show and you’re hooked. Completely unpretentious, Chambers has directly influenced the most successful female country music artist in Australia (his daughter Kasey), and hundreds of other artists that have come along in the music industry perhaps looking for a way that they too can express their art without the bells and whistles that seem to cloud the music scene today.
One of those artists is Lou Bradley. Lou says that she remembers going to the Tamworth Country Music Festival for the first time in 2005 and was ready to go home and never come back until she caught the famous Bill Chambers sessions at the pub. Moonshine was recorded in Bill’s house, completely live.
Just Bill on dobro, wizen board and guitar, Lou’s husband Phil on banjo and mandolin, and Lou on guitar and vocals and songs – sitting in a circle playing and singing. Just like that. No overdubs, no edits. No bullshit. Something that both Bill and Lou had always wanted to do.
Thursday 9 April at the Court House Hotel, Mullumbimby. Doors open at 7.30pm and tickets are available from www.kupromotions.com.au/?p=1568.
Russian the Music
Song Dynasty Music, a new company in Mullumbimby, is for children and adults who are singing for their health and for the fun of it.
There are adult choirs, girls’ choirs and a boys’ choir. The emphasis is strictly on the pleasure that singing in groups can bring to people’s lives.
This concert will include performances by boys’ and girls’ groups as well as songs performed by the whole company of adults and children. Most excitingly, the famous Dustyesky Russian choir of Mullumbimby Festival fame will be performing some of their repertoire of Russian songs.
St Martin’s Hall in Mullumbimby on Sunday, 5pm and finishing at 6.30pm with champagne, juice, strawberries and cheese included in the price. Adults $10, children free. Profits will go towards the song project based at Mullumbimby Neighbourhood Centre.
For more information contact: [email protected] / 0438 965 397.
Race to see Rob at the Rails
On tour direct from New York City, Sony recording artist Rob Johnson will grace the stage at the iconic Rails Hotel on Saturday, promoting his latest single Never Give In.
Rob Johnson aka rAce has the ultimate male soul/R&B voice and is the frontman of Manhattan band rAcemusic.
The roots of Rob’s music are in the so-called ‘race music’ first developed in the southern American states in the early 20s and 30s in juke joints, churches, shacks and homes. With his heart in the past and his mind on the future generations his songs have really come to life on the lively streets of New York City.
Catch Rob Johnson with a live five-piece band showcasing his original music plus a handful of his favourite tunes from such artists as Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Prince, Earth Wind & Fire, and Musiq.