Luke is well known on the NSW North Coast and beyond as a warm, personable, professional and inspirational performer. He has played over 1700 gigs in Australia, Austria, Denmark, Sweden and Finland. Luke is a multi award winning artist. He won the ‘Australian’ category and Best Live Performance at the 2010 Australian Songwriter’s Association Awards, and the ‘Australian’ category at the 2013 Australian Songwriter’s Association Awards.
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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
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.
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!