Bello Winter Music | Bellingen | 11 – 14 July
Bello Winter Music serves up a hot baker’s dozen announcing the first 13 acts headed for the boutique music festival in Bellingen 11 – 14 July.
Direct from Chicago for their first Australian tour, retro queen Tammi Savoy and The Chris Cosello Combo get Bello cooking with classic soul, vintage R&B and killer rockabilly riffs. Add some Afro jazz and deep world music beats from Senegambian Jazz Band, raucous sax-laden disco funk from Vaudeville Smash, Latin, blues and soul infused rock’n’roll from The Montgomery Brothers, punked-out street brass from Horns of Leroy, sassy soul from Melbourne fem-hop act The Mamas, the soulful, beat driven sounds of Sydney’s Alt R&B cosmonauts Gold Member and the blistering blues guitar of Lloyd Spiegel, and you have one super tasty Bello line-up guaranteed to get the party started.
Adding to the Bello Winter Music mix are the strikingly beautiful, deep pop sounds of Laura Jean, 60s psych-soaked rock’n’roll from Jess Ribeiro, inter-woven synth and guitar from Merpire, killer vocals from folk artist and sometimes ukulele whisperer Leah Flanagan, and the new R&B and electronic influenced sounds of Hein Cooper. With more than 60 additional acts to be announced in April, this will be one Bello Winter Music to remember.
Now in its fifth year Bello Winter Music is a family friendly whole-town festival. As well as the music pouring out of 14 different venues, Bellingen comes alive with street theatre, markets, circus performances and a psychedelic Magic Bus (free rides around town). The festival features Bellingen LeaF, a sustainability focused program of workshops available at no extra cost to festival goers, and the hugely successful Youth Mentorship Program which gives aspiring, young musicians the opportunity to receive mentorship from an established artist from the line-up and to perform at the festival. Tix on sale now at bellowintermusic.com
SON of Song
Club Mullum – Mullum Ex Services | Friday | 8pm | $20
SON (Susan O’Neil) with her phenomenal husky voice, brilliant guitar and looping, wowed Australian audiences in 2018 with a small promotional tour – and now this Irish singer songwriter is being hailed a major talent. She will be performing solo at Club Mullum along with singer-guitarist and collaborator Angie Hudson, who joins the bill to share her electric soul/folk stylings.
Club Mullum on Friday $20 at 8pm. Tix at the door or on clubmullum.com
The Hands of the Carpenter… and the Walrus!
Courthouse Hotel, Mullumbimby | Friday | 7.30pm | $15 at the door
Local heavy folk band Walrus and the Carpenter are back on at their local stomping ground The Courthouse Hotel in Mullumbimby for the launch of their 5 track EP In my Hands. They will be aptly supported by up and coming local indie-rock band Blindmouth. Both bands performed at the Mullum Music festival 2018 and are looking forward to rocking the Courty together.
The show is on Saturday and will kick off at 7.30pm Mullum time. Cover charge is $15 on the door.
Music of Sufis
Tahir Qawwal & Sangeet Mishra | Byron Theatre, Community Centre | Friday 29 March | 7.30pm
People around the world are captivated by the unique intensity of Qawwali music. Here in Australia Tahir Qawwal has been performing with a brilliant group of musicians from Sydney, Adelaide and New Zealand. They all trace their heritage to India and Pakistan, two countries that have historically been very divided. In fact there is no other Qawwali group in the world that brings together Indian and Pakistani musicians!
They unite again on Friday 29 March at the Byron Theatre at 7.30pm for a special concert that will also feature the renowned Indian classical sarangi instrumentalist, Sangeet Mishra. Sangeet has performed at Woodford festivals and at Brisbane’s Sangeet Mela, he is a true master of one of the most beautiful stringed instruments in the world.
Tickets at www.byroncentre.com.au
Uke Can Do it!
Club Mullum – Mullum Ex Services | Thursday 28 March | 6.30pm | $2.50 – $15
If you’re a beginner ukulele player, Miss Amber and Stukulele have a UKE NIGHT just for you. Come and strum along to simple songs with easy chords and be part of a massive ukulele orchestra. Your favourite tunes will be le d by the uke night band, featuring Rod Coe on Bass, Jamie Pattugalin on drums with special guest Chris Cook on other stringed things and special guest vocalist – Country Music Queen Clelia Adams.
The songbook is available through www.ukemullum.com. Great fun whether you are strumming, singing or just enjoying the vibes. Adults $15 kids Youth (6 – 15 yo) $2.50… everyone else is FREE on Thursday 28 March from 6.30pm.
Music for the Sea
St Martin’s Hall, Mullumbimby | Friday 29 March | 6pm | $20 presale or $25 at the door kids gold coin
Mark a space in your diary for the much awaited launch of Áine Tyrrell’s CD Return to the Sea happening on Friday Featuring Bunyarra Culture Collective, Emily Lubitz. and Shorty Brown.
Presale $20 tickets www.ainetyrrell.com/touring. $25 at the door, kids entry for a gold coin. St Martin’s Hall Mullumbimby. 6pm Friday 29 March.
The Power to Sing
Bangalow Uniting Hall | 3 April – 22 May | On Wednesday nights from 6.30pm – 8pm.
One of the best ways to feel connected with your community is to sing with them. Being in a choir develops your solo singing voice, self expression and performance skills. You also get to share the journey! Peter Lehner is an experienced choir master who has led choirs that have performed all over the country, including the Sydney Opera House. He is running an eight week course ‘Power in the Voice’ at the Bangalow Uniting Hall from 3 April – 22 May on Wednesday nights from 6.30pm – 8pm. For more info contact: Peter on 0425 268 771 . powerinthevoice
Byron Theatre, Community Centre | Sunday | 3pm | $10 – $40
While the repertoire for keyboard is endless, the piano is one of the only instruments to create a truly orchestral sound on its own; the colours and timbres of the instrument have mirrored not only changes in classical music over time, but also evolutions in engineering and architecture. In this program, Simon Tedeschi
presents the piano in all its majesty and dynamism – from the heartbreaking lyricism of Schubert, the romance of Chopin, to the visionary dissonance of Prokofiev, and the incandescent swing of Fats Waller.
Presented by the Byron Music Society at the Byron Theatre at the Community Centre on Sunday at 3pm. Tix are $35/40 with $10 student tickets at byroncentre.com.au