Music Roundup 3 January, 2018

Rising Appalachia

Catch the debut Byron performance of Rising Appalachia (USA) following their inaugural Australian shows at Woodford Folk Festival. Supported by Matiu the Huki (NZ) and our very own Murray Kyle. A night of sacred song to celebrate the new year!

Rising Appalachia brings to the stage a collection of sounds, stories, and songs steeped in tradition, and a devotion to world culture. Intertwining a deep reverence for folk music and a passion for justice, they have made it their life’s work to sing songs that speak to something ancient yet surging with relevance. Whether playing at Red Rocks or in rail cars, at Italian street fairs or to Bulgarian herbalists, this fiercely independent band has blazed a unique and colourful path across the globe.

Friday at the Byron Theatre with a Sunday event at a venue TBA.

Music of the Carpenters: Experience the music of the Carpenters with Angela Lumicisi

Angela Lumicisi has had a long and varied career performing on both national and international stages. She trained in classical singing at the Melba Conservatorium of Music, which has given her the ability to perform in opera, musical theatre, jazz and cabaret.

She most recently finished a two-year season with the Australasian production of Wicked the musical, which she understudied the role of Madame Morrible performing in the Auckland, Manila, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth productions.

Other theatre credits include Titania in Midsummer Nights Dream, the Melbourne Premiere as Lady Macbeth in Macbeth: the Contemporary Rock Opera as well as the return season in Brisbane, Dotty in Act a Lady, Scotty in Merrily We Roll Along,Charlotte in Flora the Red Menace, Mehitabels Cohorts Archy and Mehitabel, Celeste Saturday Night, Rhoda in New Brain, Soprano in Meraviglia, Sylviane in The Merry Widow and Cio Cio San in Madame Butterfly.

Angela has also performed in many cabarets, most recently Sleepless Cabaret as well as her own cabaret show We’ve Only Just Begun: The Music of the Carpenters, which is currently in a national tour of Australia.

Angela Lumicisi, We’ve Only Just Begun The Music of the Carpenters | 18+ | Friday at the Ballina RSL

Tribute to the Big O Legends of rock’n’roll

Glenn Douglas and Issi Dye bring the music of rock legends Roy Orbison and the Everly Bros to life with their combined tribute show. Direct from Melbourne, the show includes songs such as Crying, Only the Lonely, Pretty Woman, Blue Bayou… also Till I Kissed Ya, Walk Right Back, Bye Bye Love, Wake up Little Susie, and many more #1 hits!

Thursday at the Ballina RSL. $20. | 18+ | Doors: 7.30pm – Show: 8pm | Adults: $30

Animal Supports Beauty

Byron Bay-based South American folk / funk artist Animal Ventura was lucky enough to be chosen as the support for the The Beautiful Girls on their national 15th anniversary tour, which kicked off in December. Animal Ventura is the moniker for Brazilian artist Fernando Aragones. He exploded onto the international scene in 2009 and has toured with The Presets, Art vs Science, Uncle Jed and Ann Vriend (among others). He’s also been a festival regular, performing at the likes of Christchurch Arts Festival, Queenstown Adventure Film Festival and the Australian Open of Surfing. Animal Ventura has just released his new single Animal, taken from his debut album Forrest St, which was recorded in the US in 2016 with renowned producer Pat Van Dyke. He fuses South American funk with the folk sounds of coastal Australia, and the 8-track release showcases Animal Ventura’s smooth vocals and includes the song Same As, which was a finalist on the Unsigned Only International Songwriting Competition, where he was award an honourable mention in the folk category. If you’re a fan of Buena Visa Social Club, Stevie Wonder or Fat Freddy’s Drop, you’ll enjoy the musical delights of Animal Ventura.

He supports The Beautiful Girls at the Hotel Great Northern on Friday.

Zorba Gypsy Party!

The Zorba Party is a gypsy dance and world music collective like no other, featuring musical acts and other live performances that take audiences on a 3–4-hour journey across the nomadic trails of planet Earth.

Zorba Productions have worked hard since 2012 to bring a unique mix of world and gypsy music and dance to one big  party. The vision and delivery of world travel through sound and dance has attracted thousands of people over a few years to experience, express, share and enjoy one space with so much diversity.

Be ready for a contagiously danceable ride travelling from the desert tents and Bedouin music of the Middle East’s little-known tribes to ancient Hebrew prayers, Eastern European tunes, Spanish Andalusia melodies and intoxicating beats.

Zorba Party excites all the senses with music and dance performances and a colourful dance party environment that includes dancers, musicians, lush decor, lighting and audience participation. Their soul-stirring gypsy melodies, contagious grooves and quirky beats keep hips shaking and feet jumping.

The next Zorba Gypsy Party is at the Durrumbul Hall on Saturday 13 Jan 2018, 6pm till midnight. For tickets go to and search for Zorba gypsy party.

Irish Music On Ice

Breaking Trad is made up of Dónal Murphy (accordion), Niall Murphy (fiddle) and Mike Galvin (guitar/vocals,) all award-winning players who between them have toured extensively around the world, performing at major festivals and music venues and touring with some of the biggest names in several different music genres including Four Men and a Dog, Cara Dillon, De Dannan, dance star Michael Flatley and many more.

Their music has been described as ‘dazzling’, ‘unorthodox and unique’, and ‘high octane’. They will be joined by the renowned singer and bodhran player Gino Lupari as their special guest, making this band even more formidable.

Breaking Trad are reviving Irish music. With a fresh and modern twist with powerhouse tunes and exquisite vocals, they will leave you wanting more!

book now at and save $5 per person on admission. Thursday at Mullum Ex-Services.

Nudge Nudge sold out

The Cunning Stunts sold-out Sunday event Nudge Nudge Wink Wink is raising money for the Cabarita Youth Service (CYS). The CYS, based on the Tweed coast of northern NSW, run programs after school and during school holidays to empower young people, connect families and strengthen community. Its focus on providing a safe friendly environment and support for disconnected youth is important for our region. Focused on encouraging positive participation in the community, January’s event is raising money for their new initiative – Community Connections – a collaboration between Kingscliff TAFE, Northern Rivers Connect and community-minded local employers. The Community Connections program connects local youth with local employers to provide opportunities in training and actual employment experience. Operating since 2009, the CYS is a non-profit organisation that receives no government assistance or funding.

2018’s first Nudge Nudge Wink Wink will have you smiling and dancing from start to finish with our awesome lineup of new and returning guests: DJ Norm de Plume, DJ Dale Stephen, DJ Teesha and Lord Sut! – all donating their time and playing their beautiful beats as we connect, FUNdraise, and celebrate at this party with a conscience.

Having donated $11,500 from their December 2017 event and raising close to $96,000 thus far for local charities across 21 events, Cunning Stunts Nudge Nudge Wink Wink FUNdraising events continue to raise the bar. 

Billinudgel Hotel Sunday 7th Jan

The Nightcats!

Rick Estrin and the Nightcats is an American electric blues and swing revival combo coming to Bluesfest this year. Rick stepped up with leadership of the band when Little Charlie stepped aside as the band leader.

‘It’s been about ten years now,’ says Rick. ‘The name of the band had to change, but my role in the band didn’t change that much. I always fronted the band and wrote the songs and sang the songs, but Little Charlie was the band leader. He started the band and he also took care of the business. So that’s some of the headaches that I have inherited!’

Rick has been with the band since he first started playing.

‘I was born in San Francisco, and I grew up there. I moved to Chicago when I was about 20 years old, and I just kept going back and forth between Chicago and San Francisco. In 1976 I moved to Sacramento, California, and started playing with Little Charlie.’

So what can Blues fans expect from Rick Estrin and the Nightcats this year?

‘They can expect to hear some good music, deep music that’s coming from all directions. I mean, we’re nominally a blues band, but we play… we’ve got a variety of influences, and they all surface at different times in the set. The other thing about us is we have a good time when we play. We have a ball and we entertain people. We’re not just standing there like serious artists. Although we are serious artists. We are also serious about entertainment.’

Rick Estrin and the Nightcats play Bluesfest this year. 

For tickets and program info go to

Cooney & Drake

Brisbane singer/songwriters Tom Cooney and Angharad Drake are thrilled to announce that they’re teaming up for a series of tour dates that will see them touring the east coast in the new year.

Tom Cooney’s most recent offering Futurerpoof is arresting, raw and stunning in its honesty. At times lilting and delicate and at other moments hollow and desolate, the album is a time stamp filled with both sorrow and light that has garnered rapturous praise to date.

Cooney’s gift for clear-cut, often pastoral imagery and wide-open atmosphere makes Futurerpoof well worth poring over.’ – Rolling Stone

Angharad Drake is a young songwriter on her way to big things. Her debut album Ghost boasts a collection of hauntingly beautiful and pared-back melodies teamed with subtle but emotive lyrics.

Brunswick Picture House on Sunday at 4pm. All tix are $12 | Children under 12 FREE 

Boyes and Sansone

Multi-award-winning New Orleans musician, Johnny Sansone, joins Australia’s First Lady of the Blues, Fiona Boyes, at the Brewery this Sunday.

Johnny Sansone has been a fixture in the New Orleans music scene since 1990. He is a regular member of the Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars, a super-group made up of New Orleans musical royalty, including Dr John, Tab Benoit, Cyril Neville, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Anders Osborne, George Porter Jnr, and Waylon Thibodeaux. An acclaimed harmonica player, he is an eleven-time winner of New Orleans Off Beat music awards for Best Harmonica, Best Artist, Best Album, and Best Band. Sansone also won the 2012 USA Blues Music Award for Song of the Year, and was nominated for a Grammy in 2001.

After attending the wake of Zydeco pioneer Clifton Chenier, Sansone took up the accordion and is now recognised as a master of the instrument. He is also an accomplished guitarist and vocalist who plays a mixture of New Orleans funk, blues, soul, and swamp-pop. Sansone has released 11 award-winning albums and regularly tours in North America and Europe.

Over the past decade guitarist, vocalist, and band leader Fiona Boyes has enjoyed a stellar rise to international acclaim in the blues scene. Her most recent CD Professin’ the Blues reached #1 on numerous charts here and overseas and recently won the 2017 Acoustic Blues Album of the Year at the USA Blues Blast Music Awards. Blues Blast magazine has a voting base of more than 37,000 blues fans and critics. The CD also finished in the top five albums at the 2017 USA Blues Music Awards, along with a top-five finish for Fiona as Acoustic Blues Artist of the Year. No other Australian artist has ever been nominated for these US awards, widely regarded as the Grammys of the blues. In all, this brings Fiona to a total of seven final-five BMA finishes for Traditional Acoustic Artist, Contemporary Female Artist, Contemporary Album, Traditional Album, and the Koko Taylor Award. Fiona tours regularly in Australia, Europe, and North America.

You can check out Fiona and Johnny at the Byron Bay Brewery for a free show in the Beer Garden on Sunday from 2pm.

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