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Music Roundup: 28 Feb-6 March, 2018

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Muses Trio presents Lullabies for Zander at the Byron Theatre on Sunday 11 March

Composing Women

Muses Trio once again push the boundaries around women composers. Those who have shared in Muses Trio performances know the importance the artists place on uncovering the stories behind the often-neglected creations of women composers. Often, these trailblazers of the past faced huge social challenges in juggling demanding family commitments, generating an income, and honouring their creative lives in the face of adversity and little support. Many female artists today face similarly complicated balancing acts, and the Muses musicians as busy working mothers and independent artists are no exception.

Continuing along these lines in this program for International Women’s Day 2018, Lullabies for Zander is a musical portrait for pianist Therese Milanovic’s firstborn, Zander, who arrived in July 2017.  While immersed in utero, Zander was also immersed in an intensive residency at Bundanon with Muses and members from Vulcana Women’s Circus, and preparation for a program of brand-new trios for the inaugural Creative Women in the Arts Conference (ACU), at which the Muses performed as ensemble-in-residence when Zander was only four weeks old. The power of being surrounded by this music in the womb was such that he peacefully slept whenever Therese played piano, not only throughout the pregnancy. Interestingly, this particular repertoire calmed him to slumber during subsequent rehearsals and performances on the outside.

While some babies slumber to nursery rhymes or white noise, Zander’s dreams in the womb and beyond were coloured with the sounds of brand-new music. Muses Trio are Christa Powell (violin), Louise King (cello) and Therese Milanovic (piano). They play on Sunday 11 March at the Byron Community Centre at 3pm.


Borneo at the Byron Brewery on Friday

Borneo to Disco

Borneo are returning to Byron Bay to play a show at the Byron Bay Brewery for the very first time.

After a short break playing live and their sophomore EP Rebel Mindtricks released last week, the B-Team are back in action, joined by the very talented Sydney psych group The Jim Mitchells and locals The Dolla llamas.

Borneo (The Band) make a blend of disco-punk with a few stompy rainbows thrown in their cherry pot.

Friday | Byron Bay Brewery | from 8pm | Free entry.


Don’t Suck

This Friday Woody’s Surf Shack in Byron Bay gets behind Positive Change for Marine Life and Waste Warriors to launch their Don’t Be A Sucker campaign. The campaign focuses on the impacts of plastic straws and other single-use plastic items on the marine environment, and works with businesses to enable them to go single-use-plastic free. Woody’s has agreed to take the leap to eradicate single-use straws, cups and other single-use plastic items from their venue! The gig is headlined by Dusty Boots and the Adam Harper Trio. | $5 entry | 8pm until late! | All proceeds benefit Positive Change for Marine Life.


Fundraising for Sea Shepherd with lots of great music at the Hotel Brunswick on Saturday

The Good (Sea) Shepherd

Sea Shepherd Australia is back at The Hotel Brunswick to once again bring you some more tin-shakin’, booty-moovin’, fun-raisin’ good times!

The past events have not only generated a lot of buzz around the Shire, but also raised critical funds towards their local Australian campaigns to protect, defend and conserve our oceans.

It all happens from the support and generosity of the northern rivers community and the amazing people who have come out to dance and donate!

Do your part to support our heroes of the ocean, get your friends and family together, and come along to help Sea Shepherd raise the roof at the Hotel Brunswick once again. This year’s musical lineup features Fingers Mitchell Cullen, Jordan McRobbie, Tay Oskee, Hemingway, Katie Who, Rob Edwards Music, Sarah Koppen, Humblet, plus more artist announcements comin’ that wont disappoint!


Byron Music Lovers presents a celebration of the music of David Bowie at The Drill Hall in Mullumbimby on Saturday 10 March

A Blackstar is Born

There has never been anyone quite like David Bowie. Bowie rode the crest of his creative wave until his death, which he also nailed.

Byron Music Lovers presents a celebration of the music of David Bowie at The Drill Hall in Mullumbimby on Saturday 10 March from 7pm with a second show planned for Sunday 11 March from 3pm.

The brainchild of local identity and Byron Music Lovers Neil Handley and musical director and performer Matt Hanley, the show features  a talented troupe of local musicians including Vanessa Baker, Belle Hendrik, Luke Vassella, Hans Lovejoy, Rebecca Ireland, Rex Carter, Dylan Curnow, Mike Mills and Neil Handley.

Tickets can be purchased from Mullum bookshop and Trybooking.com


Cash the Concert

Australian country singer Daniel Thompson, and Stuie French, along with their powerhouse backing band The Tennessee Express, are excited to bring you Johnny Cash The Concert – revisits Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison.

In 1968, Johnny Cash walked onto stage at Folsom State Prison, California and for the first time ever uttered his immortal words ‘Hello, I’m Johnny Cash’.

That iconic phrase and the 45-minute live album that followed cemented Cash as a legend of popular culture and began his rise to the heights of fame.

Cash convinced a reluctant Columbia records to record and release At Folsom Prison. Cash’s rise to legendary status in popular culture began.

Australia’s premier tribute to the Man in Black, Johnny Cash The Concert hits the road once more in 2018. Since 2009, more than 50 thousand ecstatic Johnny Cash fans Australiawide have witnessed the magic of Johnny Cash and his music through Daniel Thompson and Stuie French’s authentic tribute to this iconic and beloved superstar. Don’t miss this opportunity to relive one of the Man in Black’s greatest-ever albums performed by Australia’s own Johnny Cash The Concert.

Friday 23 March 2018: Park Lane Theatre – Ballina | Tickets: www.trybooking.com | 6687 6291


Atherton at Ocean Shores Country Club!

There is nothing quite like the Jonathan Atherton experience. Wild, passionate, lateral thinking – like the bastard love child of Bill Hicks and Robin Williams. All darkness and light, Atherton spent a decade as a full-time resident of Kuala Lumpur where he ran The Crackhouse Comedy Club, the first ever dedicated comedy club on the Malaysian comedy scene where he provided what he calls ‘stress relief and legal highs!’

A love of culture and adventure drew him away from the staid corridors of academia and into the heart of the third world. He spent most of the 80s travelling through Asia and Africa where he worked as tour guide, salvage diver, teacher, set builder, photographer, restaurateur and actor.

He speaks a multitude of languages – Indonesian, Malay, Thai, Japanese, Swahili, Luganda, and German… and has a passing knowledge of Burmese Tagalog, Lao, Hindi, Batak, Urdu, Arabic, Hokkien and Mandarin.

More important than language, says Atherton, is an ability to comprehend discourse strategies and social boundaries. In this sense he is at home anywhere on the planet.

Jonathan Atherton headlines at Ocean Shores Country Club for Country Club Comedy with support by Matt Sutherland and MC Mandy Nolan. Tuesday at 7pm. Free.


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