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March 8, 2021

Live Music in and around Byron Shire from week starting February 13, 2019

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Children approached by stranger in Murwillumbah

Police say a Queensland man has been charged following two alleged child approaches in Murwillumbah today.

Other News

Rape, the law, and naming the man responsible

David Heilpern tackles key questions relating to the allegation of rape by a cabinet minister.

Ballina Shire Council meeting wrap-up

The last Ballina meeting was another bruising encounter for some councillors, though there were several unanimous decisions too.

Editorial – #ChooseToChallenge the patriarchy

It is easy to think we have almost achieved equality for men and women in a country like Australia – just as long as you don’t think too hard about it.

Children approached by stranger in Murwillumbah

Police say a Queensland man has been charged following two alleged child approaches in Murwillumbah today.

Interview with Janet Swain

Janet Swain is 14. She’s in love with the tragic and brilliant cellist Jacquleine DuPré. But one day her mother arrives home with a bassoon.

My dear friend, Philip Rubinstein 1934–2021

I first met Phil on a rain-soaked day outside my house in Brunswick Terrace, Mullum. It was an accidental encounter, but we soon got stuck into a conversation about the parlous state of Australian universities.

The Beasts, Hotel Great Northern on March 1st

The Beasts of Bourbon

After an emotional final performance with the Beasts of Bourbon, Tex Perkins thought of getting the band’s members, past and present, into a recording studio just to celebrate the band and see what resulted. Sadly, bassist Brian Hooper died a week after the show.

But weeks later former Beasts Charlie Owen, Boris Sujdovic, Tony Pola, Spencer Jones, Kim Salmon, and Tex Perkins assembled without a plan, save for the crazy MO employed back in 1983 when the Beasts first recorded The Axemans Jazz in that fateful 8-hour session. As back then, they went at it!

Songs weren’t so much learned as ideas thrown together and recorded the moment they coalesced.

The result is a collection of pieces with names like Pearls Before Swine, My Shit’s Fucked Up, Drunk on a Train and On My Back in a raucous celebration of their own Beastliness.

Spencer was sadly only around long enough to make it onto one track. But what a track – witty observations from the hospital bed entitled At The Hospital.

This isn’t The Beasts of Bourbon. It would need to have Jonesy on every track to be that! But loudly and proudly this is… The Beasts Are Still Here.

Hotel Great Northern on Friday 1 March | Tickets at thenorthern.oztix.com.au


Pinky Beecroft and Bec melrose at the Together Conference on Friday

Music and Comedy Together Party Conference

Pinky Beecroft & Bec Melrose | Together Conference | Mullum Ex-Services | Friday | 8pm | $10

Madman and Machine Gun Fellatio frontfella Pinky Beecroft joins last year’s RAW Comedy National Winner Bec Melrose for a Friday night performance as part of Mark Swivel’s Together Conference at the Mullum Ex-Services this Friday night. 

Remember Pinky? Much loved in the heyday of the mental Machine Gun Fellatio, Pinky is in town with Ryan Adamson to play tunes and spin tales. A regular on The Glasshouse with Wil Anderson, Pinky was too weird for TV, but he’s not too weird for Mullum. The rider is said to include a few grams of something or other, a top hat full of cottage cheese, and a box of Golden Gaytimes!

A nice night’s entertainment. Mullum Ex-Services Club this Friday! Doors 7pm Show 8pm. $10 at the door. For the Together Conference.  


Luka Bloom at Byron Theatre on March 5th

Luka Bloom

Byron Theatre, Community Centre | Tuesday 5 March | 8pm | $56.90

The very embodiment of the folk singer, Irish troubadour Luka Bloom has that deep sense of social justice with an uncanny ability to distil contemporary life into the pithiest and most alluring combinations of lyrics and melody lines. His latest album Refuge put a finger on the fractured nature of so much of what’s happening in our world today, from homelessness to war to climate change. His voice is still as open and honest as it was over 30 years ago, and his guitar finds chord combinations that are all his own. Passion, playfulness and pause for thought: a hearty combination in any gig. 

He performs at the Byron Theatre on Tuesday 5 March. Tickets at byroncentre.com.au


Kevin James at St Martin’s, Mullumbimby, Saturday 7pm

Kevin James in Refugee Fundraiser

St Martin’s, Mullumbimby | Saturday | 7pm | $25 / $30

After travelling the world, and singing and sharing his chants and heart songs from Bhutan and across the world to Europe, Bali, and Thailand, Kevin James returns to his home town Byron Bay to sing it up with our Mullumbimby community before marrying his sweetheart Susana Rodrigez later this month.

This Saturday night join Kevin for a beautiful soulful night of chanting and song after curry, chai, and cakes under the poinciana trees at St Martin’s, Mullumbimby, from 7pm. It’s is a fundraiser for the refugee community for a local initiative #To Bali With Love (Facebook) Bali Rumah Detention Centre. Cakes and donations will assist in medical and daily emergencies.

Kevinjamesheartsongs.com for tickets $25/ online $30 at the door. Tickets for family and concessions available with ID. Contact Rani Willis, zenshiatsu08
@gmail.com for more info. 


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Byron carjacker and stolen vehicle still not found

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