Brunswick Picture House | Saturday 22 Feb
Five times ARIA-winning singer songwriter Katie Noonan has just announced her upcoming mini-album release Late Night Tunes with Noons, sharing her interpretation of iconic Australian songs, as well as featuring a new original song I Found You. The idea started when Katie posted a short video on Instagram of her learning a Hunters and Collectors classic for an upcoming event. After garnering such a strong response from fans, Katie created a late-night video series where she interprets some of her favourite Aussie songs from across multiple decades in her intimate and dynamic style. Katie presents her take on Tones and I, Emma Louise, Jarryd James, Jordan Rakei, Hunters & Collectors, Cold Chisel and Powderfinger. Katie’s sublime voice transports each of these covers to a new place, captured by Muso TV – Katie also recorded a live video series to share each performance in its most intimate state.
Katie Noonan plays at The Brunswick Picture House, Saturday 22 February. Tix brunswickpicturehouse.com
This World: Nock, Wilson, Zwartz & Stuart
Byron Theatre, Community Centre | Sunday 23 Feb | 6pm | $35
On Sunday 23 February at the Byron Theatre, Bay FM will present jazz quartet legends Nock, Wilson, Zwartz & Stuart as part of their This World album tour. This World is the stunning debut release from the brand-new collaborative band formed by four of Australia’s most established and celebrated improvisers – Mike Nock, Hamish Stuart, Julien Wilson and Jonathan Zwartz.
New Zealand born pianist/composer Mike Nock (ONZM) is one of the acknowledged masters of jazz in Australasia. Jonathan Zwartz (also originally from NZ), and Sydney native, Hamish Stuart, form one of Australia’s great musical partnerships. Melbourne saxophonist, Julien Wilson, has been awarded the National Jazz Award, The Freedman Fellowship for Jazz, APRA/AMCOS Art Music Award, and a Bell Award for Australian Jazz Musician of the Year. In December 2018 the quartet gathered in the basement of a cosy inner-Sydney restaurant to play two sets of jazz standards for an intimate crowd. This event marked their first performance as a quartet, and the four-way chemistry was immediately evident.
This World tour, Sunday 23 February, 6pm. Tickets from Byron Theatre: $35. byroncentre.com.au
The Ninth Chapter
The Rails, Byron | Friday | 7pm | Free
The Ninth Chapter are a six-piece band who have been enrapturing crowds on the live circuit for over a decade. They will be playing two of their songs that won iconic NCEIA Dolphin Music Awards, back in 2019.
They won the Urban / Hip-hop / Funk category with their song Smokestack, which features a smoking horn section, punchy lyrics and an in-the-groove rhythm section that goes off. They will also be showcasing their song, What’s Going to Happen Next? – the title track of their album by the same name. Their Dolphin Awards prize was from a recording session at Rocking Horse Studios – where they’re headed again on Saturday. You can catch them warming up the night before, at the Rails in Byron on Friday, from 7pm. Free.
Stukule: Hawaiian Uke Night
Ballina RSL | Thursday | 7pm
Stukulele is presenting a Hawaiian Uke Night featuring Australia’s premiere Hapa Haole, Hawaiian Trio, Aloha Baby with Hula dancers from the Gold Coast Hula Dance School. There will be prizes for the best Hawaiian outfit, and you will learn how to dance a Hula to The Hukilau Song. Don’t forget to bring your ukulele, and big singing voice. The songs are projected on the big screen so you can strum and sing-a-long.
Ballina RSL on Thursday, 7pm. Songbook and tix available from www.ukenight.com
Bean an Ti with Lucie Thorne & Áine Tyrrell
Mullum Heads | Saturday | 7.30pm
Mullumbimby is loving Áine Tyrrell’s pop-up monthly music event called Bean an Tí which means Woman of The House in Irish! The ethos of the show grew from the magic of spontaneity and how random music happens in random places with beautiful friends – in every corner in Ireland. Áine’s homesick wish was to bring a bit of that along to Mullumbimby as a way to take the hustle out of the big shows and provide a beautiful space for her favourite female road-warriors to share their music and stories.
In this acoustic, candlelit, quirky, and interactive setting it is an honour to witness the camaraderie of these women as they truly let down their hair and share stories and songs in their very own ‘hair salon’.
The locals on Stuart Street have all jumped onboard with Mullum Heads offering an intimate space, PureMelt providing chai and treats, and the Pizza shop offering pizzas in the break. A beautiful feeling of community positively busts out of the salon doors.
This month’s guest is a favourite of the Mullum Music Festivals, Lucie Thorne, whose new album Kitty and Frank is an incredible story unto itself. Lucie’s own stories of touring and travel are as incredible as her concept album on bushrangers and love. Don’t miss the chance to catch these stories in your own town’s hair-liberating salon.
Saturday 15 February. Limited tickets: www.ainetyrrell.com/touring