They just are Borneo
Borneo are a rainbow rock’n’roll outfit from deep within the concrete jungle of Sydney. This bunch of gumnuts have been meeting to make music on Eora Country since back 2012.
Their sound is pretty much like your son in Year 3 at primary school. His teachers have organised an expedition across the Australian desert and into a forgotten outback jungle.
The guardians chosen by the teachers to look after the kids for this year’s class camp are Freddy Mercury, David Byrne and Peter Garrett.
See the Borneo show in Byron Bay at the backroom of the Hotel Great Northern, Friday.
Seven years between drinks
After a wildly successful year in 2015 on the back of his award-winning Double Live Set album, Aussie acoustic bluesmaster Lloyd Spiegel is headed back on the road for his first solo tour in seven years.
This tour celebrates the launch of Spiegel’s new Cole Clark signature model guitar – an instrument designed with these new solo shows in mind. Spiegel has worked alongside Cole Clark Guitars for the past 15 years and has had a hand in every advancement in technology and design at the company in that time. ‘I received the honour of my first signature guitar in 2012,’ says Lloyd. ‘It served me well, but now that I’m returning to solo performing I needed something different to evolve with.
‘The 2016 LS signature model is built with Australian blackwood top, back and sides. The extremely hard top was picked to suit my aggressive, hard-hitting style and withstand the tour schedule I keep.’
Thanks to the good people at Cole Clark, audience members attending shows on the tour will have the opportunity to win Lloyd’s signature guitar (RRP $3,299) fresh out of the workshop (details www.lloydspiegel.com).
Lloyd is playing at the Byron Theatre, Byron Bay on Saturday. Doors 7pm. Tickets: www.byroncentre.com.au.
The roll of the dice and the cut of your jib
In the tiny town of Candelo in the Bega Valley sits a man who’s lived a thousand lives, and he’s opened his windows and doors to sing you some songs.
Michael Menager’s sophomore studio album Not the Express is about the roll of the dice, the cut of your jib and the fork in the road.
With an alt-country feel and a folk ethos, Not the Express exudes pure Americana. There’s the whispered ghost-like epiphany of the opening track Unfamiliar Place with lyrics right on the mark like a classic Leonard Cohen: ‘I had power, I had pull, and everything was well on course’; to the vintage Cat Stevens flavour of Take to Wing, a heartfelt stripped-back song Menager wrote about losing his partner of many years.
Born in Southern California to migrant parents − a northern Italian mother who passed along her cooking skills, and a French Canadian father who had a fine voice − Menager sang his way through coffee houses and bars in various parts of the States and Europe in his younger years, accompanied by his venerable Gibson guitar.
Nowadays he lives on a community farm on the outskirts of Candelo, a town touted by The Australian newspaper as a ‘rock’n’roll enclave’.
So lay a nickel on the track, press your ear to the rail and, as Michael Menager wanders into the distance on the way down the line to his next destination, you’ll be much richer for having met him. See you down there at the station.
The train arrives on Saturday 18 in Mullum at Lulu’s Cafe, Monday at Byron Fresh and at The Rails in Byron on Tuesday.
She claimed her place in the local Sunshine Coast/Brisbane music scene as a primarily acoustic act. Now 2016 sees the rebirth of Dear Willow, including a band ensemble with a bigger, more ambient sound. With 2015 seeing Dear Willow’s EmJ release her first commercial single Father’s House, playing innumerable shows, showcasing at industry conferences, paying festivals and touring interstate, this growth is only natural.
Catch Dear Willow at The Rails on Monday.
Maya Winter Solstice Festival
Electric Forest events create a unique festival atmosphere where self-expression, freedom and personal journeys can meld into a positive life-affirming experience through dance within an immersive multimedia environment.
They have been creating cutting-edge electronic music events since 1996 and are the longest-running dance-music production hub in the Byron region. The forest is growing into the new millennium with the highest possible production values and the latest dancefloor-friendly tunes for the discerning electronic-dance music freak. They select some of the region’s best-known and -talented DJs who know how to keep a dancefloor pumping, and add to the mix powerful visionary art forms in many media to create a unique experience.
DJ Sorceress is headline artist for the Maya Winter Solstice event. As a solo artist, Sorceress has refined her tech house style consisting of intricate rhythms and soaring melodies with a soulful and uplifting edge. Production-wise, mixes deep tech house with her Sorceress and Marta Kodo collaboration, and upcoming side project (Pastel Tones) consisting of a more eclectic lounge house style. Her sassy, sexy and sorcery spells take you on a sound journey designed to bring the dance floor to new levels, as she glides and weaves her well-recognised magic, casting smiles wherever she spins her craft.
Over the past decade The Sorceress has supported artists from across the globe including old-school techno godfathers such as Peter Juergens, Atmos and Perfect Stranger; these days performs along side touring artists such as Dosem, Christian Smith and Citizen Kain. 2011 saw her take the crown for the pioneer pro DJ Search and she hasn’t looked back! With massive support from the Australian EDM, various honourable sets have followed suit including: main act for the Half Moon Festival Thailand, opening for Rainbow Serpent in 2014, and warming up for techno giant Marc Dosem at the 2015 Maitreya Festival. Check out some of her Sorcy mixes and her production releases including extended play It Has Begun also featuring Spex Appeal via Avioground Milan, single Fader Love with LuPS Amsterdam; and stay tuned for her upcoming release Cala Vadella. Get ready to rock it on the dance floor to her soulful tech sounds, or relax to her soothing more deeply styled sets.
Also on the dance card are DJ Pob who is, without doubt, a first-call DJ in the region with a wealth of experience and style known for keeping a solid upbeat vibe on the dance floor; Ben Abrahams who is is one of Australia’s seminal house and techno DJs, and Reseteser, who has been dishing up deep bass dancefloor space-time benders for many a good year now back behind the decks with a super-fresh sound.
The Maya Winter Solstice Festival is on Saturday 25 June at Kohinur Hall.