Hailing from north of the border, this school band is on tour and looking forward to their appearance at The Channon Market.
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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 markets are 42 years strong with a great emphasis on supporting local artisans and producers, community groups and individuals who raise awareness and showcase locals skills. Beyond these talents, we have repurposed clothing, unusual products and services, wellbeing stalls, delicious foods and beverages.
Fresh produce, plants, seedlings and cut flowers adorn the precinct whilst street performers, buskers and live musicians entertain our senses. The markets are a pet and alcohol-free event, please help us by keeping them all at home.
Nestled under shady trees, located In the hinterlands of the Northern Rivers the markets are a ‘must do’ when visiting the region, a great day out for all. 2nd Sunday of the month 9am-3pm.
The Channon Craft Market is a Pet Free Event
Sorry to let everyone know that the Mother’s Day market, Sunday 14th May, has been cancelled. The recent rain, means the grounds are very wet and there is heavy rain forecast on Sunday. As the April Market was also cancelled we are very much looking forward to a bright and sunny day for the next market date: June 11th – QUEENS BIRTHDAY LONG WEEKEND
LOA is the project of Nicole Loa McWalters. Born in the tropical jungle islands of Papua New Guinea and raised between PNG, Hong Kong and Australia; this lady, her music, and the delivery of voice for the tales she offers, will take your breath away. A seasoned traveler, her most important language is music. Music broke many barriers from a young age and with this in mind her mission is simply about unity. We are all beings of great complexities but music is the one thing that can concur boundaries and bind us together in this fast and ever changing world. Renowned for lush and soulful vocal delivery this sister casts a south pacific spell through enchanting lyric and song. A humble welcome, big heart and distinct euphoric sound make LOA a must see emerging talent. Having played some of Australia’s largest and most loved festivals, her roots in the national industry run deep and you would not be doing yourself a favor if you miss