This month’s Uke Night at Club Mullum with Miss Amber and Stukulele and band features the crew on the floor with the ukers for two sets of easy-play songs. Come along and request your favourite song and you can even lead some if you’re game. BYO uke or other instrument or just come for a singalong and enjoy folks letting their hair down for a wee knees up.
Thursday from 6.30pm in the Mullum Ex-Services auditorium. Adults $12.50, kids under 16, $2.50. Join the mailing list at www.ukemullum.com for monthly songbooks.
Ring my Bells
Two blokes juggle more than 20 instruments live onstage in a spellbinding performance. A multi-award-winning sell-out hit at festivals around the world, Tubular Bells for Two is now set to tour Australia.
Ask anyone who grew up through the 70s and they will be able to tell you exactly where they were when they first heard Tubular Bells. Composed by Mike Oldfield in 1973, the album was the first release on Richard Branson’s fledgling record label, Virgin Records. The album went on to sell more than 30 million copies – kick-starting the Virgin empire – and became the soundtrack to the cult-classic film The Exorcist. Now, more than 40 years on, two young Australian multi-instrumentalists, Aidan Roberts and Daniel Holdsworth, are presenting this modern masterpiece in a challenging live event.
Lismore City Hall, Saturday 25 March. Tickets: www.norpa.org.au/lismore-city-hall-3, phone 1300 066 772
Music at the Court House
Matthew Engerer from local band Walrus and the Carpenter will be performing solo at The Court House Hotel, Mullumbimby, this Saturday. This will be his first show of the year. Joining him on the night will be Byron-based singer/songwriter Nick Cunningham whose EP Letters debuted at number 40 on the iTunes charts. With tickets at only $10 on the door this will be a night of heartfelt stories not to be missed. Starts at 8pm.
Brazilian Carnival at the Brewery
Join in the celebrations for the Brazilian Carnival night at the Byron Brewery on Saturday 4 March with live samba group Samba na Praia, led by Vitor Carvalho and Rodrigo Ferraz. They play traditional samba with uplifting songs, melodies and sizzling Brazilian percussion that will have you ecstatically grooving all night and just for one moment feel like you’re in magical Rio among the carnival song and dance! Dress up is tropical, colourful and carnival.
6pm till midnight at the Byron Brewery on Saturday 4 March.
Watson is Whatson
Willie Watson is a singer/songwriter, guitarist, and banjo player who hails from Watkins Glen in upstate New York and was a founding member of Old Crow Medicine Show, one of the most respected bands within the realm of modern Americana. Released in 2014, his debut solo album Folk Singer Vol 1 was produced by Dave Rawlings and was described by Rhythms magazine as ‘relentlessly riveting’ and ‘highly recommended’ by respected Americana blog Post To Wire. Live, Willie Watson is a must-see with his show described by The Music as ‘a masterclass of interpretation and performance’.
At the Mullum Civic Hall on Friday 17 March. Tickets at www.redsquaremusic.com.au.
The Running of the Bullhorn!
Bullhorn are a dynamic new-wave brass band with a lineup including seven hard-hitting horn players, one bossing drummer and one monster MC. Their sound is born from a high-octane mix of funk, soul, hip-hop, jazz, reggae and dance music.
The combination of their high-energy shows, virtuosic musicianship and profound musical arrangements never fails to inspire and get the audiences moving on the dancefloor.
Catch them when they are joined by special guests Vaudeville Smash at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall on Saturday 4 March.
Tickets at www.redsquaremusic.com.au.
The Return of Ms Martha
With an undeniable voice and an arsenal of powerful songs, Martha Wainwright is a beguiling performer and a refreshingly different force in music.
Goodnight City is poised to be her best record yet. This album returns to the rawness of her first release and includes songs by Martha, as well as songs written by notable artists to highlight her incredible voice. Martha’s commanding stage presence has taken her to some of the world’s premier music festivals, from Glastonbury and Bonnaroo to Lollapalooza and V Festival, at which she performed with Snow Patrol in 2007.
With an undeniable voice and an arsenal of powerful songs, Martha has sold out iconic venues including NYC’s Carnegie Hall and more, and she’s coming to Lismore City Hall for one night only – Saturday 18 March. Tickets at www.lismorecityhall.com.au or 1300 066 772.
Intrigue and Immigrants
Willy McElroy and the Immigrants conjure memories of Saw Doctors and Waterboys magic with their well-written originals that merge Irish traditional folk sensibilities with pop and rock’n’roll punch. Charismatic founder and lead singer Willy hails from the same neck of the woods in County Galway where Docs emerged from. In fact Willy, a soulful singer and songwriter, not a million miles removed in style from Van Mok, actually throws in a number named after and dedicated to a local deity, viz Queen Maeve. Featuring whistle, bouzouki, mandolin, tenor banjo, keyboards, electric guitars and more. At the Rails on Saturday.
Catch some music in the beautiful surrounds of Zakay Glass in Bangalow with Shooting Star – Live Music by Elizabeth Lord and Leigh James. Featuring Rosiny Organic Wine, Cheese Please Byron Bay, Aslumi Smallgoods and Byron Bay Cookies. Zakay Gallery, 42 Byron Street in Bangalow. Book ahead for this Thursday 2 March event. 6–10pm. $45 contribution at the door. For more info go to [email protected] or call 1300 859 291.