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Live Music Roundup: Wednesday 14 June

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This year Mullum Music Festival turns 10. Not bad for a little festival that started on the night of a massive electrical storm. Perhaps it was an omen, because in the decade since its humble beginnings this little gem of a festival has defied all odds and gone from strength to strength, presenting more than 600 world-class artists in a village with a population of just more than 3,000 people. Every year thousands of people make their way to the mecca of Mullum Music Festival. In an era where people seek connection and community, Mullum Music Festival strikes the perfect balance, bringing music lovers together for four amazing days to experience a unique and carefully crafted program.

The festival has revealed 10 of the 80 acts that will be coming to help them celebrate their 10th birthday, with many more to be announced. Bringing New Orleans from street to the stage is funk master Jon Cleary & The Monster Gentlemen (US). Renowned across the globe as an accomplished keyboardist, guitarist and deeply soulful vocalist, Cleary is backed up by his musical soulmates the Monster Gentlemen.

Canada’s soul-filled singer/songwriter Frazey Ford (CAN) puts her ear to the earth and taps the emotions that make us all human, taking old-timey rustic harmonies and transporting them into full-throated self-abandon.

The show-stopping beauty of Marlon Williams (NZ) is hard to describe. With a voice that goes through to the bone, he is king of the lonesome lament. 2016 and 2017 saw Williams sell out shows throughout North America, UK and Europe, and now he returns for some very special shows at Mullum Music Festival. Marlon will be joined by his band The Yarra Benders for 10th Mullum Music Festival.

Nashville-based Canadian singer/songwriter Lindi Ortega combines a fatalistic perspective with an evocative soprano and, in the process, reveals a dogged resilience expressed at its best perhaps in What a Girl’s Gotta Do. From the subways of New York City comes the brass house of Too Many Zooz, the band who found fame when a clip posted by a passerby went viral in 2014.

The UK’s Z-Star Delta’s electrifying frontwoman Zee Gachette will put a spell on you when she is joined by guitar prodigy Sebastien Heintz. Delivering bewitching raspy blues with dark desert slide, this duo presents music that is sensual, expansive and powerful.

Gabriel Garzón-Montano sings of the struggles and uncertainties of the many-layered game that is America today, from the specific doubt and double consciousness of the first-generation hustle, to the universal challenges of love, legacy, and exploring the maze of one’s own mind.

Canadian folk music outfit The East Pointers won the Juno Award for Traditional Roots Album this year. After touring the UK and the US they make their way to the stages of Mullum Music Festival.

Australia’s Teskey Brothers were inspired by the black soul music of their parents’ 1960s record collection. The brothers have gone on to write and record their own impressive R&B originals. Now joined by Liam Gough on drums and Brendan Love on bass, the Teskey Brothers deliver their white-boy Aussie modern-day Motown with backyard funk.

This year’s Mullum Music Festival also features the return of The Jazz Party. This band showcases new talent, as seen in the secret Melbourne Monday night jazz parties. Young, dynamic, and insanely gifted, The Jazz Party are not a band; they are an experience.With the first 10 acts released it’s clear, ten years on, that the 2017 festival promises to be something special. So find those dancing feet, bring the kids, and immerse yourself in the Mullum Music Festival, 16–19 November 2017.

Earlybird tickets now on sale. For tix and program go to mullummusicfestival.com.

More thump than mumble

There was less mumbling and more thumping when local bluegrass band The Mumblers took to the stage for their inaugural Rails gig in March. So much so that they have been invited back for a return performance this weekend. The Lennox Head-based six-piece band play a mix of traditional bluegrass, original songs and evocative adaptations, bringing the traditional sounds of mountain music to new audiences, with a heavy bottom end. With a 15-year-long backstory The Mumblers create a unique sound combining electric bass, kick drum and washboard with the more traditional fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar and three-part harmonies on vocals. Be prepared to dance. Saturday at the Rails from 7pm.

Warming winter reggae


The Bay Collective Sessions is an initiative to see more live music in more places, more often. Working together with small and large venues in the northern rivers area, their aim is to create opportunities for local musicians to connect with our community.

The Bay Collective have teamed up with the Byron Bay Brewery to host a new monthly event to showcase Byron’s incredible music scene.

Every month will focus on a different style and genre of music, showcasing the best in the Bay. Winter Reggae Vibes is the first of the monthly events and it will feature two of Byron’s favourite reggae acts, Jesse Morris Band and Katia Demeester. Free at the Byron Bay Brewery, Friday. 7pm.

A well-deserved rest


Dynasty8 Chamber Choir was formed two years ago, under the direction of Elizabeth Swain OAM. They sing a broad repertoire of modern and ancient vocal music, and include local choir leaders Andrew Swain, Adrian Brett, Anita Kuhn and Janet Swain, as well as Kathryn Walker, Brigid Kramer and Barry Firth. You are invited to join Dynasty8 Chamber Choir for a unique choral experience. You can unwind, take a break, luxuriate in a calm warm space as you listen to an hour-long program of music ranging from 12th-century Irish chant to gorgeous contemporary choral pieces. The audience is encouraged to move around quietly during the performance, sit or lie down and close their eyes, stretch and then be still, letting the sounds wash over and through them. Bring a favourite doona or cushions! Blankets, warm socks, mats and pillows will also be provided, as wil chairs. Rest will be performed in two different spaces – 5pm on Friday at the Yellow Church in Mullumbimby, and 5pm Sunday at the Brunswick Heads Memorial Hall. For enquiries and bookings email [email protected] or buy tickets at www.trybooking.com for $15 or $10 concession.

100 Days Till Nimbin


Over 15–17 September this year sees more than 50 acts from across Australia make their way to the Nimbin Roots Festival. Nimbin Roots Festival is excited to announce the 100 Days Till Nimbin competition! With 100 days to go until the fun begins on 15 September, Nimbin Roots Festival is giving away a double Peace ’n’ Love Pass to one lucky music lover! The pass includes entry for two people to the full three days of the festival, camping for two, and two Nimbin Roots Festival t-shirts! To enter, just go to www.nrfest.com and email 100 words or fewer based on the theme: I connect with my roots by…

For ticket and competition information head to http://www.nrfest.com.

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