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Lawrence Gratton

Lawrence Gratton

Lawrence Gratton is a UK born, Australia based live looping rock violinist. His performance encapsulates the beauty of classical music with the familiarity of modern styles.

His music is produced by live looping violin, guitar and stompbox, with pieces ranging from classical themes to all out rock anthems and looped dance beats. Much of his music uses beautiful harmonies and textures, complete with elaborate flowing melodies on top.

With over 20 years experience as a performer, qualified audio engineer and secondary school teacher, Lawrence has performed professionally all
over Australia and the UK for the last 6 years.

Happy Africa

Happy Africa

West African performer, dancer and teacher Gabriel Otu fronts this energetic five-piece band.

Growing up on the beaches of Ghana’s South Coast, Gabriel started traditional African dance at the ripe young age of 7 and pursued in continuing his Fathers footsteps in playing percussion, singing and carving djembes.

TODAY Gabriel is based in the Northern Rivers of NSW teaching weekly drum and dance lessons in Mullumbimby, at local craft markets, schools, weddings and performing at festivals such as Splendour in the Grass, Woodford Folk Festival with his, 6 piece band. Afotey.(happuafrica); grooving traditional melodies into afro-beats.

GABRIEL’S passion for music and dance shines through in his ability to teach, perform and engage with his crowd.

…”an unforgettable cultural experience”

The Channon Children’s Centre

The Channon Children’s Centre

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

The Palm Wine Ambassadors

The Palm Wine Ambassadors

In the tradition of cross-pollination that gave rise to Palm Wine music, The Palm Wine Ambassadors draw their musical inspiration from continents and archipelagos worldwide and bring it home. 

About 20 years ago Jason Burns returned to Australia after a decade and a half first driving Peogeot 404s across the Sahara and selling them to become taxis, then toiling as a subsistence farmer and raising two children while studying under kora masters in West Africa. Once back in Australia, he began meeting with friends to play music and drink Palm Wine. 

Bringing instruments and musical styles from afar and blending them with home culture is reminiscent of the cross-pollination that occurred during the slave trade and gave rise to ‘Palm Wine Music’ in West Africa many years ago. This loose knit group of Aussie musician mates became known as the Palm Wine Ambassadors. 

The Palm Wine Ambassadors draw musical inspiration from personal experience in many parts of the world. Despite their broad palette of influences there is no pretence to play anything other than Australian music.

Mish & Jewel

Mish & Jewel

Powerful, climate passionate and earth loving singer/songwriter Mish Songsmith is perfectly matched in harmony and on piano with long time Besty and multi-talented Musician, Jewel Musica.

Together these two local, wise women interweave like sisters, performing Mish’s heart connected, spiritual and relevant music for the current times with beautiful harmonies, light percussion and tenor ukulele. Jumping between keys, vocals and ukulele,

Mish & Jewel serenade you with well-known songs by an array of fabulous old and new songwriters from the 1920s to now, in a mishmash of pop, folk, soul, jazz and blues. You’ll be left with a bounce in your step and hope in your heart for a more peaceful, loving world.

The Channon Dunoon Pony Club

The Channon Dunoon Pony Club

Coronation Park has been home to the Channon/Dunoon Pony Club since its inception in 1964. With around 30 riding members aged 4 – 24 who attend regular practice days at the Park 2-3 times a month (February – September), we regularly compete at gymkhanas from Grafton to Tweed Heads.
The aims of Pony Club are to teach sportsmanship, horsemanship and citizenship in our young people – a valuable service to the youth of The Channon and surrounding villages.
All instruction is voluntary, and fundraising is vital to our existence to cover ground hire and equipment. Please drop into the kitchen for a cuppa, chat and sausage sandwich or give at the gates where our volunteers will be offering out market newsletters and collecting donations.

Welcome to The Channon Market

The Channon Craft Market Inc established in 1976, nestled in the hinterland of the Northern Rivers, NSW.

Scattered amongst the parkland setting are over 220 retailers displaying and selling their crafts, arts, produce and products. Food and beverage retailers dot the park offering a wide selection of deliciousness. The markets host street performance, live entertainments and has an assortment of recycled, repurposed and repaired wares.

 The markets and carpark are a pet free area due to Council Licencing and location, please we ask that you leave them at home for the day.

Coronation Park, The Channon, 25 minutes from the Heart of the City of Lismore, less than an hour from Byron Bay.

The Channon Craft Market is a Pet Free Event

Channon Public School P&C Association

Channon Public School P&C Association

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.

Jimmy Willing and the Real Gone Hick-Ups

Jimmy Willing and the Real Gone Hick-Ups

Jimmy Willing & The Real Gone Hick-Ups have a brand new album out called Horse Operas. Jimmy and his band will be performing it at The Channon Markets 43rd Birthday Party starting 10am Sunday 13th of October. Special guest act is The Von Tramp Family Puppet Show who are no newcomers to The Channon having been regular performers all through the 90′s.

A little bit about the new album:

Horse Operas

Our friends and fans have been calling out for this one for years now and finally it’s here, the long awaited 2nd album from Jimmy Willing & The Real Gone Hick-Ups, Horse Operas.

Horse Operas was a term coined by silent movie star William S Hart to describe his acting career in Westerns. I freely admit to being seduced by old Hollywood on this album; the iconography, the costumes, the sets, the songs and the narratives we have plundered them all and brought them back to life creating not Spaghetti, but Kangaroo Westerns.

Hollywood however is not the only thing we have ransacked. Napoleon’s love letters to Josephine, Delacroix’s great canvas Liberty Leads The People, my own love life, folk music, and history itself have all been boiled down and distilled to create what I hope is an intoxicating recording, one that you will return to again and again.
This is a recording rich with narrative, it tells tales and stories. At times it’s confronting and irreverent, at others sexy and violent; but I started out in show business playing punk rock, so what do you expect.

We have done our very best to reach perfection but perfection often comes at the expense of expression so we have put expression first.The recording itself was done almost entirely in live takes, that is we all played together in one room like Elvis in the 50s. We have made a few concessions here and there but at it’s heart this is an old school recording.

The band is Blues archivist Davey Bob Ramsey on guitars: tattooed man Clancy Robinson on drums; Kyogle mill worker Nirvana Glassey on double bass; the lass from Nyngan Gleny Rae Virus on piano accordion and fiddle; circus acrobat Gareth Bjlaand on banjo; grease monkey Captain Freedom on harmonica (Autry and Rogers); and Bertie Page and Lotus Jones on vocals (Ginger’s Can Can).

There was a huge amount of musical knowledge in the room so we decided to self produce with everyone involved providing input. As such the ideas were diverse and lots of different styles went into the mix including Cabaret, Circus, Country, Folk, Blues and of course Rock & Roll.
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Horse Operas was recorded by Patti Bom at The Music Farm Mullumbimby and mixed by her at Marley Studios, Byron Bay. Additional Mixing and mastering by Michael Worthington at Soundworthy Ballina.

No Featured Busker

No Featured Busker

There’s no featured busker this month, but there’s sure to be some talented buskers performing around the market. Come on down and have a wander.  Be sure to put a few coins in the hat of your favourite performer.

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