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Interviews

Interview with director/choreographer Maureen Bowra, of Menopause The Musical

For those who are cranky, hot and sweaty, and those who have to live with them, Menopause The Musical might just be the care package you need to get you through ‘the change’. The show is coming to Byron at the end of the month and Seven caught up with director/choreographer Maureen Bowra to see how her hormones were hangin’. 

Festival back with a BANG

The Southern Cross Soloists will present the Bangalow Music Festival after after a very, very long wait. Seven had a chat with Artistic Director, Tania Frazer, about just how exciting it is to be back.

Alexandra Hudson wins Aussie RAW

On 22 March Ballina’s Alexandra Hudson became the NSW RAW comedy finalist, and last Sunday she won the Australian RAW Comedy crown – well, she won half of it – she was the joint winner with Bron Lewis from Queensland.

Interview with Brad Kora from L.A.B. work

L.A.B was formed in 2017 by drummer and producer, Brad Kora, following his split from much-loved New Zealand dub/electronic stalwarts ‘Kora’. L.A.B also comprises...

Interview with Linda Bull

Linda Bull has been to Bluesfest so many times she’s lost count. Linda and her sister Vika are pretty much one of Australia’s most iconic singing duos and certainly  the most well known sister act.

Interview with Joe Camilleri of The Black Sorrows

Joe Camilleri is bringing The Black Sorrows goods to Bluesfest 2022 and for all those fans of the constantly evolving Camilleri – Jo Jo Zep, the Sorrows, The Revelators, Bakelite Radio, The Voodoo Sheiks and Here Comes The Night, you will get a bit of everything on Good Friday and Easter Saturday.

Interview with Dave Faulker from the Hoodoo Gurus

The legendary Hoodoo Gurus will make their Bluesfest debut next Easter. By any measure, they are one of Australia’s greatest, best-loved, most enduring rock bands of all time.

Interview with Michael and Tanya Trotter from The War and Treaty

The lovebirds of class and style The War and Treaty were the absolute highlight for me at the last Bluesfest – lovebirds Michael and Tanya...

Interview with Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram

Guaranteed to be one of the most foot stomping shows at the 2022 edition of Bluesfest; Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram is an incredible young guitarist...

Interview with Liam Finn from Crowded House

CROWDED HOUSE A family day out at Bluesfest Formed in Melbourne in 1985, out of the ashes of New Zealand’s Split Enz, by Neil Finn, Paul...

Interview with Kelly Brouhaha

Growing up in in regional South Australia, Kelly Brouhaha’s family moved around a lot as her dad worked with a bank that posted him all over the state. In a not uncommon story Kelly was the ‘new kid’ in about six different primary schools. ‘When we did the final move I basically refused to get in the car unless Mum bought me a drum kit (child logic, right!).’  Kelly ended up with a guitar instead and spent most of her high-school years slumped over it practising to distract herself from the loneliness of being yet again the new kid. ‘I found music incredibly healing and it’s been with me since.’

Interview with Tex Perkins

It is understandably difficult to pull together a coherent picture of Tex Perkins – a man whose career has included everything from the lilting, dark country of the Dark Horses, to the hard-edged and snarling pub rock of the Beasts Of Bourbon, through to the evocative soundscapes of the Cruel Sea and beyond... 

Interview with Jimeoin

Though hailing from the Emerald Isle, a good astrocartographer would tell you that Australia is the place Jimeoin was destined to become famous. He has also gained international recognition and is a frequent performer at comedy festivals, including the world’s biggest arts festival, the Edinburgh Fringe where he made his debut in 1993 and where he has appeared regularly ever since – but Australia is his home.

Interview with Austen Tayshus

Austen Tayshus – I was born funny Wikipedia says: Austen Tayshus, born on 17 March, 1954 (despite what he says) is the stage name of...

Interview with Julian Louis, Artistic Director and CEO of NORPA

NORPA 2022 NORPA has revealed some of the world-class theatre shows it will be bringing to the region in 2022, with more to be announced...

Interview with Corr Piccone of Flow Music

Flow Music and their Australian-focused subsidiary, 333 Sessions, has risen out of the disruption of the pandemic to become a mainstay and vital supporter of the Australian electronic music scene. 

Interview with Vanessa ‘Larry’ Mitchell

After being in the online dating scene for a few years, Vanessa ‘Larry’ Mitchell decided to write a book called 50 first dates, which she had planned to be a bit of a reflection on the dating process. Mitchell says it certainly wasn’t going to be a sex book (unless there was sex to document), but more about the process of dating, the nerves, the expectations and the miscommunications that happen with online communication. 

Interview with Three Lords founders Hano Kotevski and Thomas Zachary

Three Lords are local creatives Hano Kotevski and Thomas Zachary who formed an events and entertainment company earlier this year. Concentrating primarily on celebrating classic, cult and popular film anniversaries, they have already showcased their impressive skill range in event management to present Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and the 80th anniversary of Citizen Kane.

Interview with Ross Wilson, composer and Daddy Cool frontman

When the likes of Jimmy Barnes, Michael Gudinski and Sir Elton John call out a song as ‘one of the great Australian rock ‘n’ roll songs’, ‘one of the greatest songs of all time’, and ‘one of my favourite tracks’, then you know it was and still is, a hit.

Interview with Felix Riebl from the Cat Empire

One of the most danceable outfits in the lineup, The Cat Empire make a welcome return to Bluesfest 2021 with their infectious, genre-embracing anthems and a world-class, awe-inspiring show. Last week Seven caught up with co-founder, band leader and principal songwriter, Felix Riebl, from his lockdown hidey hole in Melbourne.

Interview with Emily Wurramara

Emily Wurramara’s childhood was one of water and music. Growing up on Groote Eylandt her days were filled with travel, fishing and extended family, and a mother telling stories of dreams and dolphins that would one day become the seeds of Emily’s music.

Interview with JK-47

When I was younger and started rapping other rappers called me a weapon and I thought, like the AK-47. But now it’s changed, because now I feel it’s a spiritual warfare about what’s in your mind.

Interview with Mandy Nolan, the Authentic You

Mandy Nolan is a comedian of more than 30 years, who has taught in excess of 2,000 people how to perform standup. Her most successful student won an Emmy. George Catsi is a comedic character performer and AWGIE-winning writer and academic who teaches character and script development at UTS to animators and filmmakers. Together they present an exciting new class: Elephant in the Room.

Interview with Amir Paiss

Amir Paiss, co-founder of the legendary world music ensemble Sheva, is releasing his third solo album I Am That I Am. These ten new songs were inspired by what Amir says is love, truth and freedom. Seven caught up with Amir in the lead-up to his album’s launch next week in Mullum.

Interview with Chris Cheney from The Living End

The Living End are truly Rock Royalty. Formed in 1994 in Melbourne, it was 1997 when the band blasted through with their double A side single featuring ‘Prisoner of Society’ and ‘Second Solution’ – songs that have become festival anthems around the world. This five times ARIA-winning band are one of the Aussie treasures playing at Bluesfest this October.

Interview with Yaegl Bundjalung man, Mitch King

Yaegl Bundjalung man, Mitch King, is a man with a story to tell. Mitch and long-term collaborator and musician Blake Rhodes, have been creating Flow for almost a year. Flow is Mitch telling his story, inspired by community, Country and the first native title claim on a body of water in Yamba. Mandy Nolan interviewed Mitch in the lead-up to the show’s debut in July.

Interview with Tania de Jong, one of the founding members of Mind Medicine

Mind Medicine Australia (MMA) is a charity that seeks to alleviate the suffering caused by mental illness through expanding treatment options available to medical practitioners and their patients. Their focus is on the development of safe and effective psychedelic assisted therapies to cure a range of mental illnesses.

Interview with Daniel Champagne

Daniel Champagne, exudes a natural ease on stage as he sings poignant lyrics and beautifully crafted melodies that invariably stir the heart with grand romanticism. Daniel spoke to The Echo whilst travelling between Brisbane and Sydney – en route to a show in Auckland.

Interview with The Buckleys

Sitting with The Buckleys, you know they are siblings. They have this natural ease and fluidity with each other. A lack of self-consciousness. A lot of love, but you also know they keep each other in check.

Interview with Toni Scanlon, directer of the play Switzerland

Thriller at the Drill The Drill Hall Theatre Company are about to open the curtain on their latest play, Switzerland, a psychological drama written...

Interview with Shai Shriki

The Shai Guy Finally emerging out of COVID-time, singer songwriter Shai Shriki is preparing a great show and a fundraiser to start releasing his new...

Interview with NORPA dancer Alice Misty Boscheinen and writer and performer, Kate McDowell

When Alice and her support worker Kate venture into the forest for the night – the shapeshifting Dingo is ready for them. Into the Forest is a magical theatre experience performed and devised by dancer Alice Misty Boscheinen with writer and performer Kate McDowell, who is also Alice’s support worker off the stage. Directed and devised by NORPA’s Artistic Director, Julian Louis, Into the Forest explores themes of caring, independence, friendship and fantasy.

Interview with Steve Balbi

Steve Balbi is living the dream. A creative chameleon, Balbi continues to reinvent his wheel. From bass guitarist in Noiseworks to one half of the psychedelic pop duo Electric Hippies to Mi-Sex in 2011, Balbi is a passionate collaborator, but also a prolific solo artist.

Interview with Bri Lee

Bri Lee speaks with Courtney Miller about her new book Who Gets to be Smart; Privilege, Power and Knowledge. Bri’s new book is a timely investigation into the current discussions around class and privilege in Australia and around the world.

Interview with Gyan

The Long Wait for the Truly Original Gyan It’s 30 years since ARIA recipient Gyan sang her hit Wait from the cliffs of Kiama on...

Interview with George Catsi

George Catsi performs his one man comedic memoir Am I Who I say I am? at Federal Hall on 17 June (with a Greek feast included in the ticket price), at The Citadel in Murwillumbah on 18 June, and 19 June at the Bangalow Bowlo.

Interview with Ellen Briggs about ‘Women Like Us’

Women Like Us … Comedians Ellen Briggs and Mandy Nolan take their smash hit show Women Like Us to Dunoon Sports Club this Saturday. The...

Interview with Peter Castaldi

The Quad in Lismore presents its first outdoor cinema event – programmed by nationally regarded film critic and programmer, Peter Castaldi. Peter told The Echo about the vision.

Interview with magician James Galea

James Galea is no ordinary magician. He’s not the smarmy guy in purple velvet with a cage full of pigeons sawing women in half. In fact, James is proud to say he has never cut anyone in half.

Mullum locals protest flood-prone pod site

Around 40–50 locals gathered outside the Byron Shire Council chambers this morning to highlight the risks of, and lack of due process around, the selection of the flood accommodation pod site in Mullumbimby.

Council: Goonellabah park not available for pods

Tuesday’s debate in the Lismore Council chambers was mostly about the community’s need for open, green space for sport and recreation balanced against the need for places to live.

Cabarita DA refused on character grounds

Tweed Shire Councillors refused a DA for a four-storey block of flats at 2-6 Tweed Coast Road, Cabarita Beach, despite the staff recommendation of approval.

Concerns over future of Murwillumbah Hospital

Northern NSW Local Health District have sought to reassure locals that facilities won't be downgraded or closed at Murwillumbah Hospital when the controversial new Tweed Valley Hospital in Cudgen near Kingscliff opens in 2023.