To celebrate the day, Northern Rivers favourites: Jimmy Willing and the Real Gone Hick-Ups will be playing on the main stage. The market committee has jumped at the chance to have The Hick-Ups play for the birthday, as the front-man Jimmy Willing used to be a feature show at the Market in the early 90’s. Back then Jimmy would arrive in his gypsy cart with his herd of horses and perform with his marionettes – The Von Tramp Family Puppet Show. Featuring characters such as “The Devil” and “Ginger Dreadlocks” it is a bent show that will leave you wondering, just who is pulling the strings? For the birthday show Jimmy is bringing his puppets back to the market and The Real Gone Hick-Ups will supply a kooky soundtrack before kicking up the dust with some great dance tunes
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Located in The Channon Village, The Channon Public School is set high on the hill, overlooking a picturesque valley and the Nightcap Ranges. The school works with the community to provide relevant educational experiences aimed at developing each child intellectually, physically, socially, culturally and emotionally. The parents & citizens’ association (P&C) plays a vital role, bringing the school community together. Parents, teachers and community members can help meet the needs of the school community and contribute to decisions about the school.
The P&C also raises funds that help finance improvements to our school and provide additional resources.
Joe O’Keeffe is a performer, composer and music educator based in the Northern Rivers Region. His music is inspired by diverse world music cultures, from the African continent to the Celtic Diaspora. With the aid of a loop pedal, various string instruments and percussion, he creates multi layered, earthy compositions.
Joined by Benji Keogh on drums and Rod Evans on percussion, this trio play infectious and soulful grooves from around the world.
Local country blues powerhouse Smokestack Lightnin’ are sure to get you up and dancing. Their high energy flavour of blues is enjoyed by fans across the globe. Formed in the early nineties and played the Byron bay pub scene with Timmy Burrell on percussion, Kev Newton on guitar and vocals, Mike Hunt on contra bass, Pete Segrave also on Guitar and Vocals. The band has performed at a number of blues festivals including Broadbeach and Nambour.
All members are songwriters and arrangers and have airplay on radio in one hundred and twenty countries. Musical influences are sourced from Texas, Chicago, Louisiana and the fringes of jazz. It’s gonna rock cause that’s what they do!
The Channon Open Mic first began at The Channon Butterfactory Tavern in April 2008 and was called The Channon Folk Club. In August 2014 the name was changed to The Channon Open Mic to more accurately reflect the musical diversity of the performances. The Open Mic runs from 2pm (to sunset) during the winter months and from 3pm during daylight saving. We usually set up on the lawn adjacent to the Tavern, however in the case of wet weather the shelter of the Tavern veranda is our fall-back. We welcome all performers and have hosted poets and acrobats as well as an eclectic array of musicians.
The performances at The Channon Market will showcase some of our regular and not so regular musicians, including some collaborative endeavours. We offer a good quality sound system and anyone is welcome to join us on the 4 th Sunday of each month excluding December and January and (for 2017 only) September. There is no need to book – just turn up with your favourite instrument and put your name on the blackboard. Three songs is the usual limit, but this can be extended on quiet days or by popular audience demand.
Further inquiries can be made by phoning Ray on 6688 6100 or by email to
Blakboi, aka Tom Avery is a genuine one man band. Using Guitar, Percussion, Keys and Didj, Blakboi creates unique covers of popular songs as well as his own original music. His relaxed vibe will put a smile on your face. Blakboi is a Northern Rivers favourite, playing regular gigs around the region, including The Boomerang Festival and many community events.
The Channon Children’s Centre is a non-profit community Preschool, which offers a Preschool Program for children aged 2.5 – 5 years. We have a wonderful management committee which is made up of parents and community volunteers, who contribute time and energy to help make our centre vibrant and diverse.
Our Preschool Program is facilitated by passionate and experienced Educators who embrace The Early Years Learning Framework and value working in such a beautiful environment and community. We are continually improving our learning environment and have just added a “Dinosaur Garden” and “Gravel Pit” to enhance children’s sensory experiences at Preschool. Today the Preschool is the charity of the day and we will be offering tasty cakes and treats from the shed, as well as a BBQ lunch and tea/coffees, please come and say hello. We appreciate your support today, please give generously to our fundraiser!
Preschool Playgroup – Wednesday mornings 9am-11am – All Welcome
Preschool Days – Tues/Wed/Thurs – Spaces available call 66886330
Dunoon Public school is located in the quiet village of Dunoon. The school aims to provide a quality education for all students, using a variety of creative teaching and learning styles. Programs encourage happy, confident students, who are self-motivated, independent, life long learners as well as caring and responsible citizens. As a small school, we offer a range of stimulating learning experiences to engage children and help them to reach their potential such as our Marimba program and Kitchen Garden Program.
The school and wider community have a strong working relationship. Parents/carers play an important role in many aspects of the school’s programs. Our focus is to provide quality educational programs for every child in a caring, safe and happy learning environment.
Inquiries or enrollments welcome. Ph: 02 66895208 Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking forward to the April market. See you then!