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July 6, 2022

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 8 June, 2022

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Sammy J at Byron Comedy Festival

Sammy J tickling your political fun spot

Anyone who watched the media coverage of the 2022 election will know that the best thing, apart from Scott Morrison’s departure, was watching Countdown to Glory featuring The Government Coach, a man tasked to lead The Mighty Blue Ties (The Liberal Party) to a win in this year’s Grand Final, a.k.a. the federal election.

As the results show, the Coach (known to his bucket loads of loyal fans as Sammy J), chalked up a loss on 21 May and he announced a very public resignation from his position. ‘I love this club. When I was a boy, kickin’ legislation in the backyard with dad, I never dreamed I would one day be the coach of The Mighty Blue Ties. Serving this club has been an honour and a privilege. But, we just got our asses handed to us, which is why it is with a heavy heart, I’m benching myself and resigning as coach, effective immediately.’

Lucky for us, the Coalition’s loss is Byron Bay’s gain, as Sammy J heads north from Canberra to make an appearance at the Byron Comedy Festival.

Apart from the hilarious halls of Parliament House, Sammy J has played in Edinburgh, Montreal and London – he’s had a sitcom on Netflix and he creates weekly satirical sketches for ABC TV – the birthplace of The Government Coach – and currently he hosts the breakfast show on ABC Radio Melbourne.

Sammy J brings Symphony in J Minor to Byron. A musically-savvy master wordsmith, Sammy J has kept busy during his COVID-19 enforced break from touring by creating satirical sketches, including Playground Politics and National Yoga for ABC TV. Sammy might only weight 58kg but he’s no comedy lightweight. He reckons his show will be smart enough for the oldies and cheeky enough for youngsters. 

You can see Sammy on Saturday at 7pm the Byron Surf Club.

As well as Sammy J’s politically-infused songs you can catch a swathe of other awesome acts at the festival, including Melanie Bracewell’s kiwi-accented wit, Lawrence Mooney’s dulcet-radio-voice gags, Adam Zwar’s musings on whether you can be both woke and funny, Sam Simmons’ unconventional silliness, Sean Choolburra’s high-energy ‘Black Fella Yarns’, Lindsay Webb’s warm-up-guy skills, Chris Ryan’s laconic newcomer magic, and Damien Power and Jacques Barrett’s double-dynamite show.

Byron Comedy Festival, 9–12 June, 2022

Two venues: Beach Hotel, Byron Bay Surf Club.

Website: www.byroncomedyfest.com.

Single show ticket prices: range from $20–$50

Festival Passes: for the whole festival or specific days, ranging from $55–$299.

House of Bliss have finally secured a new venue for their kirtan gatherings at St Johns Hall in central Mullumbimby

House of Bliss: Hearts on fire

Kirtan is singing and chanting in a call and response format as a form of meditation and yoga to achieve a trance like state of divine bliss. House of Bliss have finally secured a new venue for their kirtan gatherings at St Johns Hall in central Mullumbimby and are excited to return to regular monthly events on the second Saturday of each month.

This month they’re featuring the soulful chants of Murwillumbah’s finest GaiaTree kirtan band, lead by Elias Harmony, plus the House Band with Tanya, Erik, Trinity, Prhlad and Jayan, and as always there will be a delicious vegetarian dinner, sweets and chai by Bliss Kitchen.

Tickets are $25 or $15 by donation for those affected by the flood, fires, pandemic, homelessness, monkey pox or any other calamity that has been, is, or is yet-to-come!

Doors open 5.30pm for a 6pm start. See their Facebook page for ticketing information, or see them at the door on the night.


Saturday, 2 July, at 7.30pm, Whitebrook Theatre, Southern Cross University

Through nature to eternity feat. Lior

Singer-songwriter, Lior is renowned for his beautiful voice, and for lyrics that radiate truth and sincerity, and as the world searches for compassion and understanding, the importance of music as a means of communication cannot be undervalued. 

In the musical narrative of Through Nature to Eternity, in its love, loss and compassion, Lior is joined by Tinalley, a string quartet internationally acclaimed for their addictive sound and intuitive music-making.

Together they will perform a new song cycle by Melbourne composer, Ade Vincent. Three of Dvorak’s rousing love songs from his collection of Cypresses; echoes of love cherished, tormented and forgotten, are paired with Barber’s haunting ‘Adagio for Strings’ from his String Quartet, Op. 11, and Lior’s achingly haunting ‘My Grandfather’. In a final quest for peace, Lior and Nigel Westlake reimagine ‘Sim Shalom’ (Grant Peace) from Compassion, merging the symphonic world with that of the string quartet.

Saturday, 2 July, at 7.30pm, Whitebrook Theatre,
Y Block, Southern Cross University 

Tix: www.eventbrite.com.au/e/through-nature-to-eternity-tickets-334213259857. Free tickets for flood affected memebers of the community.

Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club, Saturday 18 June at 8pm.

Morris’ Black and Blue Heart

‘Aria Hall of Fame inductee, number one selling artist, King of Pop, Australian icon!’ These are a few phrases commonly used when describing Aussie legend, Russell Morris.

Shooting to fame in the mid 1960s with ‘Somebody’s Image’, Morris had a string of hits including ‘Hush’ and the Bob Dylan’s classic ‘Baby Blue’.

In 1969, he and producer Molly Meldrum, released The Real Thing, Australia’s only true psychedelic Number One hit, and a song that is played regularly on commercial radio to this day. Following that, Morris penned breakthrough hits such as; ‘Sweet Sweet Love’, ‘Wings of an Eagle’, ‘Rachel’, ‘Part 3: into Paper Walls’, ‘The Girl That I Love’ and many, many more.

Constantly in demand, Russell stills tours nationally throughout the year as well as appearances internationally.

After five decades on the road, an album can almost write itself. It might arrive in the space of a few months, fully-formed in vision and texture in the mind of the vigilant creator. But it takes a rare combination of talent and circumstances to realise that vision as vividly as Morris’ 2019 release: Black and Blue Heart.

Check it out for yourself in Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club, Saturday 18 June at 8pm.

Flow Music is featuring festival headliner, Doppel, playing a two-hour live set of melodic house and techno

Flow Music’s 3:33 minutes 

A very special gig is planned on 10 June at the Byron Theatre. Local electronic music label, Flow Music is featuring festival headliner, Doppel, playing a two-hour live set of melodic house and techno. Support for this event is stacked with well known and loved DJs – Butterz, Christopher Brooks, Jason Lewis and LuciDream.

In the past two years, Flow Music has created an innovative mix series on Soundcloud featuring over 130 mixes. Their unique concept is long format mixes which are 3:33 long. The longer mix really allows artists to compose a musical soundscape showcasing their eclectic musical tastes. It also allows for a full immersive journey for the listener. Find it on: soundcloud.com/flowsessions

The seats will be retracted at the The Byron Theatre creating a huge timber dance floor with a 350 person capacity. This is the first music event to be held at the Byron Theatre and will be open till 3am! Offering a full-scale production, Funktion-One Sound, lighting and decor by Crystal Grid and Mr Ashbrown, theatric performers and the cutting edge sounds of a highly curated group of DJ/ producers. This will be a sell-out event, so make sure to secure a ticket from the Byron Theatre Box Office.

www.flowmusic.one / info: [email protected]

Attendees are encouraged to dress in their favourite winter Black & White attire, as if you’d stepped out of the silver screen yourself.

A classic as only the silver screen can do

It’s considered one of the most famous Hollywood classic films of all time, and for good reason. Certainly the most quoted and the most frequently cited as an all-time favourite, Casablanca won Best Picture, Director, and Writer Awards at the 1943 Academy Awards ceremony.

Set in French-controlled Casablanca, Morocco, in the early part of World War II, Casablanca follows hardboiled American nightclub owner, Rick (Humphrey Bogart), who agrees to hide some stolen (and highly coveted) transit letters, which are used by refugees to leave the country and escape from the Nazis. Police Captain Renault (Claude Rains), and Nazi Major Strasser (Conrad Veidt), are tipped off that Rick might have the letters, and they put pressure on him to return them. Strasser is also hunting escaped Czech resistance leader, Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid), who arrives at Rick’s with Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman). Rick and Ilsa have a history, and Rick is still deeply angry at the woman who disappeared from his life years before.

What ensues is a story of love, betrayal, sacrifice, narrow escapes, and the most memorable airport tarmac scene in film history. Celebrate the 80th anniversary of Casablanca on Byron’s biggest cinema screen, with a specially crafted menu of gin cocktails at the Byron Theatre Events Bar and live music in the courtyard (before and after the film).

Attendees are encouraged to dress in their favourite winter Black & White attire, as if you’d stepped out of the silver screen yourself. Special prize for best dressed!

Doors, bar & live music in the courtyard from 5.30pm, with a 7pm screening.

For more information visit: byroncentre.com.au.

Because of Love will be launched in Byron on Sunday at the Byron Theatre. Doors open at 3pm with support from the Peter Hunt Band and Animal Ventura.

It’s Because of Love

All-star band The Dawn Light, based around husband and wife Angela Newcomb and OJ Newcomb, released their debut album yesterday.

Because of Love is a 12 song album capturing the exquisite singing and songwriting of Japanese born, Sunshine Coast-bred Angela Newcomb. After many years of deeply connecting with the profound verses of great mystic poets – Hafiz (renderings by Daniel Ladinsky) and Francis Brabazon – Angela began to embrace their poems as lyrics, writing songs that could be described as a dear companion to the human spirit, shedding beams of light, joy and inspiration on the path of life. 

This album, and band, also features highly acclaimed musicians Charles Wall (aka Bobby Alu) on drums, Brodie Graham on guitar, Gareth Mews on violin, Rohan Seekers on keys and Nick Garbett on trumpet as well as beautiful string arrangements by Steve Newcomb and Sarah King.

Angela says the album is a collection of songs she has written combining mystic poetry and music – her two favourite anchors of beauty and inspiration in the life of her spirit. ‘These songs have become a dear companion to me over the years as the wisdom in the poems keeps unfolding and deepening with life’s experiences.’

Angela says a highlight of the recording process was hearing her songs come to life with the addition of all the parts played by an incredible group of musicians. ‘I wrote the melody and the chords in collaboration with OJ but each player brought their own beautiful hearts and flavours. We also got very excited during the recording process and commissioned string and horn arrangements for many of the songs, which add so much beauty and such a lushness to the album. Working with producer and engineer Paulie B was such a treat too. He has an amazing ability to get the best out of people. I just appreciate everyone’s input so much.’

Angela says one of her main intentions was to create something of beauty with a whole lot of heart, that from time-to-time prompts within the listener the urge to go inward and connect with that sanctuary of peace, joy, stillness, humour, limitlessness, and true beauty that is within. And hopefully enjoy a moment or two when they burst into one of those irrepressible grins that kinda freak people out but make the world a better place. 

Because of Love will be launched in Byron on Sunday at the Byron Theatre. Doors open at 3pm with support from the Peter Hunt Band and Animal Ventura.

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