Hotel Great Northern | Saturday December 8 | 9pm | FREE
Rarely seen outside the boundaries of Big Grass, their hinterland property, the Family Jordan are making one of their rare appearances in the big smoke. Bringing a bunch of freshly cut new songs along with their dusty old classics, this Saturday will be a toe-tapping night of 70s-infused country, rock, and folk in everybody’s favourite room – The Northern Backroom.
Along for the ride are local country rockers Jack Tully and the Seers, and Brisbane Troubadour JB Patterson. Free for all.
Family Jordan’s latest single Extraction is out now on all streaming platforms. Free at the Northern. Saturday. 9pm.
A Choired Taste
Bangalow Catholic Hall | Sunday December 9 | 7pm | $12-15
It’s that time of year when local choirs come together to showcase their glorious voices and harmonies at the annual A Choired Taste concert at the Bangalow Catholic Hall at 7pm this Sunday. Enjoy the dulcet tones of Wolfsong, The Headliners, The Songbirds, Mystica, The Bowlo Choir, and the Sassical Clingers. Tickets available at the door, $15 and $12 concession. Delicious food will be available from Wildhearts catering, and some of the money will go to the Byron Homeless Christmas Appeal.
Flamenqueando with special guest Paco Lara
Byron Theatre | Thursday December 13 | 8pm | Full $35 | Concession $30
Flamenqueando Productions return with the award-winning cast of Cafe Cantante (Adelaide Fringe 2018) and join forces with brilliant flamenco guitarist Paco Lara (Jerez de la Frontera, Spain).
Paco Lara embodies the unmistakeable Jerez style of flamenco guitar playing. He has toured internationally alongside Maestro Paco Cepero, one of flamenco’s most legendary guitarists and composers. Paco Lara has also been at the vanguard of flamenco fusion with hugely successful groups such as El Barrio and Los Delinquentes.
Flamenqueando Productions features award-winning Madrid-trained flamenco dancer Rosalie Cocchiaro; ARIA-nominated guitarist Damian Wright; Jessica Statham (outstanding dancer – Dance magazine Australia 2013); Chachy Penalver (Amor de Dios scholarship winner 2013), and the incredible James Hauptmann (Vince Jones, James Morrison).
Their first show Flamenqueando won the Adelaide Fringe Dance Award and their second show Tablao was selected by Beijing 707N-Theatre through the Honeypot Program to perform in Hangzhou China. Rosalie has performed in many of Madrid’s well-known tablaos and has worked with artists and performers such as Bernard Fanning, Bandaluzia, and Cirque de Soleil. Flamenqueando’s most recent show Cafe Cantante received 5-star reviews and won the weekly Adelaide Fringe Dance Award for 2018.
Flamenqueando with special guest Paco Lara is at the Byron Theatre at the Community Centre on Thursday 13 December at 8pm. www.byroncentre.com.au
The Ninth Chapter
The Rails | Friday December 7 | 7pm | FREE
With over a decade of touring and three EPs to their name, The Ninth Chapter has captured both their musical journey and renowned energy on their soon-to-be-released self-titled debut album. Over time, this north coast-based brotherhood has experienced an evolution of members and sound that has solidified their unique brand of music, layering elements of funk, blues, and folk with strong songwriting sensibilities.
Their debut self-titled album will release in March next year and captures not only their musical evolution as a band but as individuals. Expect tight and driving drums and bass, expansive percussion, slinky rhythm guitar, and tasty sax, trumpet, and flute combination.
The Ninth Chapter will launch its new single What’s Going To Happen Next at The Rails on Friday.
Loveys Up Close and Personal
Drill Hall Mullumbimby | Saturday December 15 | 6.30pm | $25-30
Local original 4-piece cabaret band The Loveys end the year with a local showcase before they head off to play six shows at Woodford Folk Festival. The band started nearly four years ago and has gone through a number of changes until it found its feet as four ordinary women making extraordinary music that is original, hip, hilarious, and some might even say heroic. Heroic for many reasons – older women in a band is a rarity; finding time to rehearse and write requires a discipline and commitment way beyond the bounds of duty; revealing true stories and intimate feelings is always a big call at any age, but we all know the older you get the more interesting the stories. Up Close and Personal takes the audience on a journey from early material through to the latest songs including Miss B’s very first song, The Business of Love, and Janet’s latin-flavoured song A Beautiful Woman, a true story about a Parisian man who prefers to dress as a woman on the weekends.
The Loveys are supported by Rebel Rebel Girls Choir.
Jim Moginie and The Family Dog
Byron Community Theatre | Sunday December 16 | 8pm | $31-38
Jim Moginie is a founding member of Midnight Oil, and back in 2006 he founded The Family Dog to promote his first solo album Alas Folkloric. They went on to perform and tour together. He and the band have recently been in the recording studio again. Bark Overtures was released by Sony Music Australia on CD and vinyl and Orchard digitally worldwide this November. They have a show at the Byron Community Theatre on Sunday 16 December. The Family Dog is: guitarist Kent Steedman and drummer Paul Loughhead from Northern Beaches legends and punk rockers The Celibate Rifles, plus multi-instrumentalist Tim Kevin from La Huva, Exiles and Youth Group. Live, this lineup is all about dynamics, travelling from a whisper to a scream, from a blitzkrieg, to the odd Oils classic in a moment!