Scene Briefs

Two master guitarists, Jim Kelly and Kirk Lorange, will join forces on Saturday night for a night of music in the vein of Little Feat and Ry Cooder, as well as some of their favourite tunes adapted to the slide guitar. Jim also promises to pull out the mandocello, (like a cross between a guitar and a mandolin). Be at the Jazz-bah at the Ballina Hotel from 6pm to see their fingers fly.

Mullum Folk Club is happy to introduce Dirt Rd as their feature act this month. Dirt Rd was born over a birthday cake in a lounge room when six friends realised they all had a different instrument in their hands and were having a lot of fun. They say lead singer Ivan Fletcher has a voice “like an old favourite blanket that just wraps itself around you”. Original songwriters are welcome to sign up on the chalkboard, be at the Old Drill Hall on Wednesday. The show starts at 7.30 and entry is $5.

When they’re not touring on the endless road, Mick Daley and Shaun Butcher of the Re-mains are playing in their stripped back duo called Grandson. This acoustic guitar/banjo double shows off a more intimate style of song writing. Playing some new material and reworking some old Re-mains stuff in a way that’s a bit less bombastic on the ears, Grandson play the Nimbin Pub tonight, Thursday, May 20 from 6pm.

Irish singer/songwriter Mick McHugh has got a busy weekend, playing the Aussie Hotel in Ballina on Friday night, the Slipway Hotel on Saturday night and the Lennox Point Hotel on Sunday arvo. Playing originals and classic Irish covers, Mick and his trusty harmonica and foot stomping percussion will be joined by violinist Camilla Warner on Friday and Sunday.

Sydney’s Kym Campbell has been described as “a female Jack Johnson” and she has been making some waves in the surf music scene. Kym will bring her laid back folk, roots, reggae to The Rails in Byron Bay on Sunday from 6pm.

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