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Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 12 January, 2022

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NSW COVID update on COVID deaths – vax stats and comorbidities

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Rainbow Temple squeezed by Lismore Council 

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Joe Camilleri & The Black Sorrows in Ballina, 20 January.

The Black Sorrows prolific and enduring

Join Joe Camilleri & The Black Sorrows on their Livin Like Kings National Tour to celebrate the September release of their new album Saint Georges Road.

Joe Camilleri & The Black Sorrows are one of Australia’s most prolific and enduringly popular bands. They are renowned for their high-energy live shows, musicianship and infectious, rootsy rhythms.

Camilleri has been at the forefront of Australian music for decades as leader of Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons, and The Black Sorrows, and as writer of radio anthems ‘Hit & Run’, ‘Shape I’m In’, ‘Chained To The Wheel’, ‘Harley & Rose’ and ‘Never Let Me Go’.

At Ballina RSL you will see Joe and The Black Sorrows in full flight performing the classic soul, blues and country hits that span Camilleri’s multi-platinum career, along with a selection from Joe’s 50th album release with The Black Sorrows, Saint Georges Road.

The Black Sorrows
20 January, 8.30–11pm
Doors: 7.30pm. Show: 8pm (18+).
Tickets: online $36, at the door $40.
For more info or bookings, visit: ballinarsl.com.au.

Ooz’s acoustic roots reggae at The Rails on Thursday.

Ooz playing the crowd, a fav at The Rails

Ooz is an acoustic roots reggae artist with a large, eclectic repertoire of crowd favourites. His unique, laidback but lively style creates a relaxed atmosphere and his song choices have you remembering many of those forgotten classics. Ooz creates layers with a loop pedal, enabling him to play bass guitar and lay percussion beats to accompany his performances and get the audience on their feet.

From beginning to end, Ooz will have heads nodding and toes tapping!

Check him out on Thursday at The Rails, Byron Bay.

Louis Muller on The Boardwalk on Saturday.

Stripped back blues on The Boardwalk

Louis Muller & Friends have create a stripped back performance of blues originals and classics that the whole family can enjoy! Drifting between blues and jazz, every song will have you hooked. With mesmerising guitar work, polished vocals and guest appearances from the best musicians in the area – be sure to catch them.

Saturday, The Boardwalk – 6pm at Ballina RSL

Janet Swain and her Big Voice start on Monday .

Big hearts and Big Voice

Big Voice Picture House Choir starts again on Monday 17 January, at the brand spanking new Brunswick Picture House.

We all know it has been a time of huge change – people have been locked down and watching a lot of interesting and challenging stuff unfold. The pandemic has certainly focussed the collective mind about the current global order, and we have been plonked into a new world – we are all in it, but are we all in it together?  

How are we going thrive in the future? How can we better collaborate as one human race, on one planet? At Big Voice Choir, we think about these things – as well as having a whale of a time learning and singing great new songs together.

In 2022, Big Voice Choir will be based at the Brunswick Picture House, and it’s starting again on Monday 17 January, 5.30 to 7.30pm. It’s a big hearted community choir that sings a collection of pop, folk and original music in 3 or 4 parts. It’s an auditioned choir – you do need to have experience singing, and be willing to practice between rehearsals. You also probably need to expect the unexpected!

The choir is directed by Janet Swain. Rehearsals are fast paced, fun and challenging, and the choir performs several times a year. 

New members are welcome to audition.
Contact Janet Swain [email protected]

Dan Hannaford at The Rails on Monday.

A hard working independent muso

Byron Bay-based artist Dan Hannaford has opened Australian tour shows for the likes of Charlie Musselwhite, Donavon Frankenreiter, Charlie Parr and Australia’s own Tex Perkins, Ash Grunwald and The Black Sorrows. 

Dan Hannaford’s musical career began in 2009 when he played on a Channel V broadcast showcase in Melbourne where he was spotted by record industry legend Seymour Stein, who requested a demo. This led to the recording of the ‘Bootleg’ EP/demo in 2010.

Born the son of a preacher, Dan’s love of music started with listening to hymns and playing the drums in church on Sunday mornings as a child. By his teens he found rock’n’roll and formed his first punk band straight out of high school. 

Since then Hannaford has earned a reputation as one of the hardest working independent musicians on the east coast. He’s grown a loyal grassroots following and sold thousands of self-released CDs from his vintage wooden ammo box. 

Dan Hannaford has graced hundreds of stages around Australia including Falls Festival, Byron Bay; Party In The Paddock, Tasmania; Australian Blues Music Festival, Goulburn; National Folk Festival, Canberra; Gympie Music Muster, and Tamworth Country Music Festival. He also showcased his talent at the iconic Byron Bay Blues Festival where he was named on the bill alongside John Fogerty, Cold Chisel and Crosby Stills & Nash, and had his single ‘Deeper Water’ included on the Bluesfest 2012 compilation album.

He is gracing the stage at The Rails in Byron Bay
next Monday.

Jimeoin will Turn It Up on Friday.

Turn it Up, it’s Jimeoin!

A brilliant evening of world-class comedy from the Irishman who is internationally celebrated as one of live stand-up’s true masters. Ballina RSL are thrilled to welcome Jimeoin as part of his new smash-hit Turn it Up! tour – don’t miss this hilarious show!

Jimeoin is an acclaimed, hugely loved and much respected comedian, with a wide appeal and a cheeky, no-gimmicks and superbly observed sense of humour that has his audiences in stitches – across the UK, Europe, USA and of course Australia. The press say that he’s at the very top of the game – and we definitely agree!

Friday at the Ballina RSL
Doors: 7.30pm, show: 8pm (18+)
Tickets: $50.
For more info or bookings, visit: ballinarsl.com.au.

Lissa is donating 50 per cent of the purchase price of each download of her song Koala to Friends Of The Koala


Singer-songwriter Lissa-Käthe Rummery has composed a song called Koala – the track is a harp, accordion, and vocal lament dedicated to the koala and its fading place in the fragile Australian ecosystem. 

Lissa-Käthe says the koala is in serious danger of becoming extinct unless we take immediate action to save this dearly loved Australian icon. ‘Therefore, I am donating 50 per cent of the purchase price of each download of Koala to Friends Of The Koala.org to support their work in rescue, rehabilitation, and koala food tree plantations.’

To download the track visit: lissakathe.bandcamp.com.

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