Live Music in the Byron Shire and Beyond from Nov 14th, 2018

Drunk Mums at the Northern

Drunk Mums!

Drunk Mums, Dirty Fences, Lexicon & Friends | Hotel Great Northern | Saturday | 9pm | FREE

Melbourne rockers Drunk Mums have returned with a rejuvenated take on the leather-clad boisterous brand of punk rock that has fans frothing, with a brand-new album in Urban Cowboy. Such a return has been marked by a rollicking new single in Phantom Limb – a perfect example of Drunk Mums’ new output: catchy, frenzied, and steeped in rich riffs and grit. Having built a reputation over the years for their rowdy live shows and impressive knack for riling up their audiences with straight-to-the-heart punches of percussion and dirty guitar riffs, it’s no surprise that once you do a Drunk Mums show you can’t turn back.

Drunk Mums play the Hotel Great Northern on Saturday, 9pm. Free

Willy McElroy plays the Irish Music Sessions raising $ for the S.H.I.F.T. Project at the Byron Golf Club on Sunday 25 November

The SHIFT Project

Byron Golf Club | Sunday 25 Nov | 3–6pm |$30 

There is a wee band of Irish folk who play around the Shire – and nationally – tantalising all with the traditional Irish music hitting the Byron Golf Club next weekend. This event will feature Mark Butler, Mary McEvilly-Butler, Willie McElroy and more! Sunday 25 November, 3–6pm, at The Byron Golf Club. Tickets are $30 (kids under 16 free).

The S.h.i.f.t Project traditional Irish music session fundraiser


Donovan Frankenreiter at the Hotel Great Northern

Donovan Frankenreiter

Hotel Great Northern | Wednesday 21 November | 8pm | $40.70

He’s at home in the waves as he is on the stage. Southern Californian native, surfer, and musician Donovan Frankenreiter paddles out for a gig at the Hotel Great Northern on Wednesday 21 November.

He’s excited about coming back out to Oz with a whole lot of interesting projects ahead of him.

‘The whole family is coming. We love it. I am also going to Melbourne to spend time with David Bromley and do some painting. I have always been inspired by David but this will be the first time we dive in and do some work together. Five days of painting followed by an art show!’

Like music, painting is something that the one-time professional surfer didn’t find until later in life. Frankenreiter seems to be very much in the flow of his creative expression – taking risks to try things that most people would shy away from.

‘I didn’t start writing and recording songs until I was 30,’ says Frankenreiter. ‘I am really into trying things I have never done before. Music was forever life changing. You do it and you move on but you keep creating.’

For Frankenreiter, making music is about finding when it feels right. ‘I don’t wake up every day and write a song,’ he says. ‘I create things when they happen. I decided I would never be complacent. It isn’t easy for me to write a song. Fuck, I can barely write 10 songs for a new album then I meet these people who have so many songs!’

That may be so but Frankenreiter has released seven full-length albums. Donovan Frankenreiter will bring his honey-thick vocals, masterful guitar work and newest album The Heart to audiences at the Hotel Great Northern in Byron Bay on Wednesday 21 November at 8pm. Tix $40.70 for general, a VIP Meet and Greet and VIP Soundcheck and Q&A also available! Go to

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