Using just a solid body nylon string guitar and incorporating elements of jazz, flamenco, gypsy jazz, classical and acoustic blues, They have created a hybrid sound and blended it with melodic pieces to create a repertoire that simply entrances audiences everywhere.
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A partnership between two singer songwriters Chris Fisher and Marcelle Townsend-Cross creates a special vocal harmony & presence in Monkey & the Fish. Presenting their own songs along with original renditions of classic tunes this act is popular at both Festivals and pub/club gigs. Uncle Keith always called his little sister “monkey” so when she started singing up and hanging out with Chris Fisher the cry began “where’s Monkey & the Fish playin?”
The name stuck and play they did. Their already dysfunctional families blended becoming something nothing like the partridge family but twice as talented. ‘In Cahoots’, Monkey & the Fish’s baby & debut CD release came in 2001 and features several Dolphin Award winning tunes. ‘Bundjalung’ (Song of the Year), a track written and recorded in collaboration with local Bundjalung Custodians, ‘Mirror’ telling some of Marcelle’s story as a Koori woman and Wai:Bal (Best Environmental Message Song) written in acknowledgement of the Clan of the Bundjalung who’s homelands includes Lismore and Nimbin NSW, have all been celebrated through awards.
These and other songs from ‘In Cahoots’ have proved popular with FM radio and live audiences. Monkey & the Fish now perform as duo or band with the addition of George Urbeszeck on Bass and Dan Crandon on Drums. In addition to originals classic songs by Paul Kelly, Crowded House, Van Morrison, Goanna, Tracey Chapman, and many more are performed. Influences are diverse with oz rock, reggae, folk and country vibes present. Top musicianship and home grown creativity combine with a healthy audience rapport to make this a truly deadly act!!
Weddings, Parties, Tennis!
For over 100 years The Channon Public Hall has served as a focal point for the village social activities. Over the years, significant improvements have been made to the Hall with the assistance of Regional Partnerships programmes and Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Programme. Also thanks to you, the local community, for your kind contributions in donations and time spent assisting in these improvements. Last year we were honoured to take part in the Arts Northern Rivers’ If These Halls Could Talk project, a multi-arts project celebrating halls and the role they play in our communities.
Celebrated Australian visual artist Craig Walsh worked within the community to create a work inspired by the stories and people of The Channon Hall and its surrounds. The material gathered at the fabulous Show & Tell event at The Channon Hall last March helped him to shape his work “The Grain” which he presented at a hugely successful gathering in September 2016.
If these Halls could talk project is funded by Arts NSW Regional Partnership funding and Regional Arts NSW Regional Arts Fund. Ultimately we will receive archival material as a result of the project and we will hold further events at The Channon Hall to continue to celebrate our historic hall.
All monies collected at The Shed and at the Gates at The Channon Sunday Craft Market this Sunday will help in the constant maintenance requirements at The Channon Public Hall and will also help the survival of The Channon Tennis Club. Come and visit us at the Shed for fabulous cakes, hot BBQ with vegetarian and gluten free products available.
Byron Bay based songwriter Mark Ridout records lush and emotive ‘cinematic folk’ soundtracks. With a longstanding love for film music, the songs are primarily composed for marriage with moving picture.
The London born singer/songsmith has supported the likes of Ed Sheeran and Kate Miller-Heidke, performing at renowned UK venues such as The Troubadour and The Bedford, and toured the United States and India before moving to live in Australia in 2010. His voice has been described as “compelling and hugely expressive” (Hotpress Magazine, UK), he has reviewed music for BBC radio and has worked as a music therapist for mental health organisations across the globe.
His song ‘All my Sides’ featured on Australian feature film; Weavil (2018, dir. Mark Larkin)
Mark is due to release a brand new song entitled ‘Flood’ February ’18
Bluesy, funky, rocky, soulful, colourful, fun, relaxed and intense are strokes which only begin to outline the joyously uncategorisable sound of Broadfoot, the popular Far North Coast band with members drawn from Mullumbimby and Byron Bay. Ever attuned to the vibe of their diverse audiences, Broadfoot unleash the genie of dance upon venues across the NSW North Coast and beyond with a heady ever evolving mix of danceable intelligent original material and a powerful repertoire of covers.
The Hall has been an important part of the local community for eight decades. It provides a space for school concerts, music nights, public
meetings and parties.
The Hall is currently undergoing major renovations. Termite damage has been removed and affected areas treated. With the help of the State Government, the building’s old timber stumps have been replaced with steel piers and concrete footings. The entrance portico and ramp have been renovated after the depredations of termites and weather.
On Christmas Day a storm blew over a large hoop pine tree adjacent to the Hall. Fortunately, the damage to the building was minor. However, a 22,500 litre tank, installed as a static water supply for firefighting purposes was destroyed. Your donation today will help the Hall Trust in its endeavours to bring this community focal point back into use.
Tuntable Creek Landcare Group is currently supporting landholders with weed control with a particular focus on The Giant Devil’s Fig. We are also involved with regeneration work and the establishment of Koala corridors. Both groups work together to support the community of Tuntable Creek and Beyond.
Through the tireless work of volunteers, The Channon Rural Fire Service plays a vital role in the local community. Not only defending property against fires, but also educating local property owners and, working to help the community be better prepared for fire events.