Live Music Roundup: April 25 -May 2

Hussy Hicks and Z-Star Delta play in Mullum

Hussy Hicks and Z-Star Delta

Mullumbimby Drill Hall | April 28 | 7pm | $35/25

Local girls Hussy Hicks are teaming up with UK duo Z-Star Delta for a night of ‘unplugged’ blues and roots at the Mullum Drill Hall this Saturday.

After a solid three months of national touring for both bands, this will be the final Australian date for Z-Star Delta and, after two legendary Bluesfest full band sets, an opportunity to get up close and personal with Julz and Leesa and Tracy as they play a stripped-back set of acoustic tunes.

Bookings are essential as tickets are limited, so head over to the tour page to secure your seat.

$25 presale / $35 on door if available | Tickets at:

Uke Night, Club Mullum

Mullum Uke Night

Club Mullum, Mullumbimby Ex-Services | April 26 | 6.30pm | $12.50

This month the UKE NIGHT theme is Lounge – swingin’ 50s and 60s hits, smooth bossanova with the occasional psychedelic trip-out. With Steve Russell on keys, Jaime Pattgalin on drums and Kate Gittins on wind instruments, this will be another amazing evening of great music and good ol’ fun

Don’t be square, be Hep Cat!

Mama Kin Spender at the Mullum Civic Hall on Wednesday 9 May

Mama Kin Spender

Jack Carty at Bello Winter Music

Mullumbimby Civic Hall | May 9 | 8pm | $20-$40

Mama Kin Spender is a lightning-bolt moment between two longtime friends, co-writers and mischief-makers: ARIA-nominated Mama Kin and producer Tommy Spender. It’s a stripped-back duo of brooding guitars, primal drums and howling harmonies, illuminated by a chorus of singers arranged by Virginia Bott (Brighter Later, First Chorus Band of Singers).

Mama Kin Spender’s songs rattle, roll and tremble, from block party to heart-rending ballad. With a sound that is as raw as it is joyful, Mama Kin Spender will challenge you to raise your voice in defiance of the status quo. Join them as they celebrate the release of their debut album Golden Magnetic with Mullumbimby’s own Mullumbimby Midnight Choir. Watch this space next week for a full interview with Mama Kin!

Get tickets now. This show will pack it! Tix and info at

Bellingen Winter Music Festival

Bellingen | 12–15 July |  $18-$240

Following the announcement of another stellar lineup, Bello Winter Music organisers have again named Bellingen-bred and nationally renowned singer/songwriter Jack Carty as the official patron of the unique little festival that takes over his hometown.

‘I’m so excited to be a part of Bello Winter Music as patron for the second year! One of my favourite festivals in the world, in my favourite town,’ said Carty.

Musically is has been another huge year for Jack, fresh from a massive run of UK and Australian album launch shows. Award-winning songwriter Jack Carty and former Papa vs Pretty bassist Gus Gardiner will bring their brand-new album Hospital Hill to
Bello Winter Music in 2018. Hospital Hill has been described as a coming together of poetry and playfulness via two of Australia’s most exciting young composers, living on opposite sides of the world.

As festival patron, Jack will again have an unmissable presence, performing throughout the four days of music, workshops and street performance that surprises and delights and unites thousands of attendees each winter.

Festival director Glenn Wright recalls the moment he chose Jack as festival patron.

‘Jack Carty is a rare artist, more like a painter in some ways than a songwriter. His music is everything it should be but there is more, and there is a sense of depth that comes from an artist rather than a technician. It was the second year of the festival and I was starting to think about who would be a fitting choice for the Patron role. I was looking for somebody who represented us and what we were trying to achieve through Bello Winter Music. I was in the Diggers Tavern and Jack was across the bar drinking with some locals. He was laughing and he just screamed out as a local-made good bloke, back on his home turf. We had a beer and chat and I knew he would be the perfect choice for Bello. He’s got Bellingen in his boots, and that’s why I like him.’

When asked about Bello Winter Music, Carty reflects, ‘… having grown up in a small town before moving to the city and diving headlong into a world of independent artists, the two constants in my life so far have been music and community. They coexist in a perpetual cycle, each informing and fostering growth in the other. I can’t think of a better expression of that than Bello Winter Music – a collaboration with, and celebration of, the community I still call home today.’

With another album under his belt, Jack can surely look upon his young career with pride. His album Home State was independently released in Australia in August 2016 and debuted at #36 on the ARIA Albums Chart and #1 on the AIR %100 Independent Album Chart. His talent for melody, wit and a gorgeous turn of phrase won him a much-coveted biannual APRA Professional Development Award, saw him play Spain’s famous Primavera Sound Festival  and tour nationally with Josh Pyke.

Jack Carty will perform on opening night as well as Saturday and Sunday with Gus Gardener and Friday with Satellite Strings.

A small, family-friendly event that takes over the streets, cafes and halls of the NSW mid-north coast town of Bellingen.

Bello Winter Music is the lovechild of spring’s Mullum Music Festival and has sold out each year, so book early.

Tickets and camping information are available now at

Zambabem play the Brewery for the Brazilian night next Saturday


Byron Brewery | April 28 | 7pm | FREE

After a slight absence from the Bay area, Zambabem return to take you on a free musical ride to Brazil, with a night of samba rock and tropical surf music! They’ve performed on stages all over for the February Carnival celebrations, Zambabem, and this Saturday will bring their well-rehearsed Brazilian party flavours to Byron Bay Brewery beergarden.

Pronounced ‘zamba-beng’, the group plays upbeat popular Brazilian music from their homeland. The samba/swing/surf group is led by energetic and engaging frontman Rodrigo Ferraz on vocals, guitar and harmonica.

Get ready to jump, party and swing as you are taken to the dancefloors of São Paulo’s downtown dance halls

The Grigoryan Brothers at Byron Theatre

Grigoryan Brothers

Byron Theatre | April 28 | 7.30pm | $30

Although regarded as Australia’s finest guitar duo performing much of the instrument’s standard classical repertoire, the Grigoryan Brothers’ passion is to expand their horizons through new arrangements, their own compositions and commissions. This ambition can be heard as the brothers take the classical guitar into genres such as jazz, folk and contemporary music. There are no boundaries, only new frontiers to cross. In concert, mix it all together and you have a dimension to guitar-playing rarely seen in the musical world.

For this performance The Grigoryan Brothers will be performing works from their latest release, which sees a return to classical repertoire. The album will include songs by composers such as Bach, Elgar, Dvořák, Rachmaninoff, Faure, De Falla and Ponce all masterfully arranged for them by their father Edward. This familial collaboration is not new, with Grigoryan senior arranging the music of Tchaikovsky’s suite for piano, The Seasons, for his sons’ critically acclaimed 2012 release.

The program will also include other works highlighting Slava’s and Leonard’s diverse skills: their deep appreciation of a broad spectrum of musical styles has resulted in many collaborations involving music, both written and improvised. Combine this with their classical training and the result is a unique sound incorporating all these influences. It is not classical, not jazz, not world music; it is the Grigoryan Brothers. Saturday at the Byron Community Centre. Tix at

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