Mullum Music Festival
This year Mullum Music Festival features some amazing global musicians including one of Ethiopia’s most respected singers: Dereb the Ambassador.
Dereb grew up in a family of musicians, immersed in his home country’s diverse musical rhythms and styles. Dereb uses pre-1970s recording equipment to get the warm funky sounds of great Ethiopian artists from the 60s and 70s pioneering his own blend of ethnic-soul.
From the Solomon Islands come Kaumaakonga (KMK), who come together to revive traditional chants.
Charismatic guitar savant from South Africa, Sibusile Xaba, reframes maskandi and the avant-garde into his own humanist manifesto. With a vocal style that is part dreamscaping and part ancestral invocation, Xaba divines as opposed to plainly singing.
From Israel come Alwan, a Middle Eastern ensemble that deliver interplay and improvisation.
Born in Mississauga, Ontario, Juno Award 2018-nominated Alysha Brilla is a music producer and songwriter whose music, blogs, and spirituality are inspired by growing up with parents from two different cultural and religious backgrounds: an Ido-Tanzanian father, who emigrated to Canada, and a Canadian mother of European settler heritage. The spiritual traditions and energies passed down through Brilla’s paternal Dadima (grandmother in Gujarati) have swirled their way around Indian and African rhythms into soulful acoustic echoes of an intimate song and storytelling culminating in a full band festival stage show. These are just some of the internationals, along with Nano Stern from Chile, Z-Star Trinity from the UK, from the US Joe Pug, Steve Gunn, Allensworth, Rachel Baimann, and Kent Burnside, and from the UK Blair Dunlop!
Mighty Mullum bringing diversity to your door. 14–17 November. Tix and info at mullummusicfestival.com
SAFIA ‘Story’s Start or End’ tour with special guests BOO SEEKA & Eilish Gilligan
Beach Hotel | Friday 20 September | 8pm | $55.94
Tickets are flying out the door for Safia’s extensive national album tour following their second album release Story’s Start or End. Playing the Beach Hotel in Byron on Friday 20 September with special guests Boo Seeka and Eilish Gilligan, this will be a show you won’t want to miss.
Written and produced by the band in their hometown Canberra, the new album includes current single Resolution as well as previously released songs Think We’re Not Alone, Starlight, and Cellophane Rainbow. Story’s Start or End showcases the Australian three-piece’s bold vision and fine attention to detail. As a band they are known for forging entire sonic landscapes with rich, cinematic detail and Story’s Start or End will continue that not only sonically but also visually through their live shows.
With a roll call of accolades that would make anyone feel proud, Safia’s debut album Internal was released in 2016 and landed at #2 on the ARIA Album Chart, #1 on the iTunes chart, received ARIA and J Award nominations, and saw the band achieve two Gold-certified singles in Australia with Make Them Wheels Roll and Embracing Me. They also completed a sold-out run of national album shows. They have placed in Triple J’s Hottest 100 over four consecutive years, toured the US, UK, and Europe, and have supported the likes of Lorde, Disclosure, Twenty-One Pilots, and Rudimental.
Byron Brewery | Friday | Free
Newcastle psych-groovers Dyer Maker return with their salt-crusted third EP It’s Hard to Know, released just last week.
Capitalising on the smooth production process Dyer continued their collaborative efforts with the legendary Grove Studios veteran Jack Nigro (DZ Deathray, Skeggs) with the group expanding on the sounds presented in Elastic and drawing influence from greats such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Oasis, and DMAs.
The standout single Days Alive has an iconic stripped-back 90s feel with comparatively minimalistic string leaving the vocals to take centre stage, cementing a lasting and powerful impression. It’s Hard to Know is a testament to the versatility and depth of the 5-piece, from the introspective relateability presented in Days Alive to the fast-paced Rage Against the Machine-inspired headbanger that is 2300, Dyer delivers both sonically and lyrically.
At the Byron Brewery on Friday. Free.
Stukulele & Miss Amber’s Uke Night – Tarantino!
Ballina RSL | Thursday | 7pm
Miss Amber & Stukulele are celebrating the release of Quentin Tarantino’s latest film by leading tunes from his movies this Thursday at The Ballina RSL from 7pm… and his movies have the coolest tunes: Stuck in the Middle with You, Rumble by Link Wray, Miserlou, Hooked on a Feeling, Flowers on the Wall, Son of a Preacher Man …
Full Moon Wiggle
Durrumbul Hall | Saturday 6pm–midnight | $35
Full Moon Wiggle – Spring Tribe Connect is happening at Durrumbul Hall on Saturday from 6pm till midnight.
It’s six hrs / six DJs. Limited to just 300 tickets – Presale only at Eventbrite until sold out. $35 + booking fee and tax.
This time it’s a +21 event, so if you look like you might be 21 or younger you’ll need photo ID.
Housekeeping message: No camping or leaving cars onsite overnight. (If you think you might not be able to drive by 1am, arrange a dedicated driver / lift / taxi or camp at Maccas in Main Arm or Mullum Showgrounds.)
Horse Operas – Jimmy Willing & The Real Gone Hick-Ups – Full-Moon Record Launch
Billinudgel Hotel |Saturday | 6pm | $20
Hooray! The long-awaited second album from Jimmy Willing & The Real Gone Hick-Ups, Horse Operas, has arrived!
Horse Operas was a term coined by silent-movie star William S Hart to describe his acting career in Westerns. Jimmy says: ‘I freely admit to being seduced by old Hollywood on this album; the iconography, the costumes, the sets, the songs, and the narratives… we have plundered them all and brought them back to life, creating not spaghetti, but kangaroo westerns. Hollywood, however, is not the only thing we have ransacked. Napoleon’s love letters to Josephine, Delecroix’s great canvas Liberty Leads the People, my own love life, folk music, and history itself have all been boiled down and distilled to create what I hope is an intoxicating recording, one that you will return to again and again.
‘The band is blues archivist Davey Bob Ramsey on guitars; tattooed man Clancy Robinson on drums; Kyogle mill worker Nirvana Glassey on double bass; the lass from Nyngan Gleny Rae Virus on piano accordion and fiddle; circus acrobat Gareth Bjlaand on banjo; grease monkey Captain Freedom on harmonica (Autry and Rogers); and Bertie Page and Lotus Jones on vocals (Ginger’s Can Can).
‘There was a huge amount of musical knowledge in the room so we decided to self-produce with everyone involved providing input. As such the ideas were diverse and lots of different styles went into the mix including cabaret, circus, country, folk, blues and of course rock’n’roll.’
Horse Operas was recorded by Patti Bom at The Music Farm, Mullumbimby, and mixed by her at Marley Studios, Byron Bay. Additional mixing and mastering was done by Michael Worthington at Soundworthy Ballina.
Catch the inaugural full-moon launch at the Billinudgel Hotel with an all-star lineup of: Davey Bob Ramsey, Clancy Robinson, Nirvana Glassey, Gleny Rae Virus, Gareth Bjlaand, Miss Jodie, John Meyer, Bertie Page & The Buffalo Gals (Perky Buttonz, Pixie Pockets and Nixie La Fae), and of course, the king of cowboy cool, Jimmy Willing. Catch the inaugural full-moon launch at the Billinudgel Hotel with an all-star lineup. 6pm, $20.