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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 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.

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.

Mish Songsmith

Mish Songsmith

Potent, passionate & powerful Tuntable Creek singer/songwriter Mish Songsmith is playing for the first time with her new 5-piece band of fantastic local musicians; Mark Bromley on bass, Brent Calcutt on keys, Fionn Quinlan on drums & Jewel Musica on backing vocals and percussion. Mish’s music aligns with John Lennon’s desire to connect people and create a peaceful world, yet on a more personal level, with universal anthems ‘Be Yourself’ and ‘You’ll Get There.’ Having won a load of song writing and performing awards, Mish’s influences come from the likes of Tori Amos, Joni Mitchell, The Beatles, Sting, Missy Higgins and Rickie Lee Jones. The band will be playing a mix of Mish’s original songs, and popular covers that span half a century, weaving their way through soul, RnB, folk, jazz, pop & blues. They’re performing from 10am – 2pm at The Big Top Stage, so come for a dance!    

The Romaniacs

The Romaniacs

The Romaniacs have built a strong following playing at north coast venues and festivals for 19 years. The members Phil Levy (Guitars, Mandolin Banjo & vocals), Leo Glass (Guitars and Bouzouki and Vocals) and Guy Madigan (Darabuka, Cajon & percussion) and Steve Gilbert (Harmonica and Vocals) and Michael Turner (Bass and Baritone Guitar)


They are all uniquely talented and internationally travelled award-winning musicians. Their music is inspired by Folk, Blues, Latin, Celtic, Spanish and Eastern Roots Their original compositions are strongly influenced by the magic of the Northern Rivers region where they live.

Smokestack Lightnin’

Smokestack Lightnin’

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 and 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. Its gonna rock cause that’s what they do !

TBA

TBA

There’s been a last minute change! Watch this space for Sundays new band

Jesse Morris and the Shakedown

Jesse Morris and the Shakedown

Soul, Roots & Reggae troubadours from the Northern Rivers Bundjalung region of Australia. Featuring a killer lineup of players from the Byron Bay shire. Including TK Dread on bass, Hugh Jones on drums, Elena Marcigot on sax/clarinet, Chelsea SKyEater on sax/melodica, Marky Power on live dubs, Stafford Smith on keys/organ & Jesse Morris on guitars/vocals. Touring and performing over 200 shows & festivals globally a year in various formats. Songsmith Jesse Morris is the son of blues & roots royalty ‘John Morris’ from the Blues Preachers. Their latest album ‘the Shakedown’ launched in 2018 supported by a national tour & festival appearances across both Australia & New Zealand. Celebrating roots culture, island vibrations & African-Caribbean rhythms. checkout https://www.facebook.com/jessemorrisband for more details.

Two Tears in a Bucket

Two Tears in a Bucket

Travelling Troubadours in the time honoured tradition. Two Tears in a Bucket live on the road, travelling Australia bringing songs of life in all its guts and glory.  A repertoire of original songs and unique interpretations of traditional blues and roots tunes.

Over the last two years they have played and toured from Northern Queensland to Southern Victoria.  In 2017 they recorded their “Debut EP” at Old Dog Studios in Corndale, NSW with Al Pegg engineering and midwifing the songs.

In 2019 2020 they will be living on the road doing an Australia wide tour and recording there new album. On Stage, when they are playing as a Duo, Nathan Slyde Petersen tears it up on Dobro, Guitar and Banjo while Michelle Fitness keeps a rock solid rhythm on guitar and stomp box add to that two mighty vocals and some of Australia’s best song writing skills and you have.

 As a Band Nathan and Michelle are joined by the mightiest of backlines, Miss Jodie on Double Bass and backing vocals, Matt Elliott on Drums. Matt and Jodie played on the Two Tears in a Bucket Debut EP




Broadfoot

Broadfoot

Broadfoot are a Byron Shire based band doing music that many describe as being like that of the late 60′s and early 70′s.

This is not a conscious effort by the band, they play music that they love, yes they might be influenced by mega musos like Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Small Faces and The Who but they also love jazz and funk and blues – basically anything with soul and good musicianship.

This comes out in their performances, playing predominantly their own compositions, a blend of many of the styles they have absorbed over the years. Some songs are full on groove rock, some are purer in a blues sense, some have a Brazilian latin feel, whilst others combine the lot. Underlying all is a steady rhythmic pulse which tends to grab people in an instinctual way. Feet start tapping, hips start wagging, children dance joyously.

On closer inspection, there is a melodic and lyrical depth which tunes in with the modern psyche. The whole package reminds people of that glory era of 60′s and 70′s music because it has a similar sensibility – not the macho misogynistic tone, but a feeling of ‘hey, this is all a bit too much, lets do this instead – it feels good’. Broadfoot’s music relates more to a lifestyle choice rather than a musical commodity – and this resonates with many audience members. Come and feel it this Sunday at the Channon Market – home of the first North Coast markets.

 

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