Music revival at North Lismore

North Lismore performer and identity Jimmy Willing with Circus, his performing Parson Jack Russell, rehearsing for Saturday’s gig.Jacklyn Wagner
North Lismore performer and identity Jimmy Willing with Circus, his performing Parson Jack Russell, rehearsing for Saturday’s gig.Jacklyn Wagner

THE beer may have kept on flowing, but it’s been a long time between gigs at the Northern Rivers Hotel in Lismore.

However, popular North Lismore entertainer Jimmy Willing is bringing live afternoon music back to the hotel’s beer garden after a 10-year hiatus.

“Lismore has lacked the pleasures of a good honky tonk for some time now, since the closing of the wonderful Winsome Hotel,” he said yesterday as he worked on new stage props for the gig.

“So I have done some scouting around town for a good at-homevenue and the result is the reopening of the Northern Rivers Hotel beer garden to live music.

“The last band to play there was the Whitlams – what a hoot that was – well over a decade ago, so itis well overdue.

“The gig is free, great for art students, the beer is cheap, also great for art students, and you can bring your kids and nana – art students shouldn’t have kids, they can’t afford them.

“If it goes well we’ll look to making it a regular Saturday afternoon thing.”

Jimmy will take the stage from 1pm with The Real Gone Hick-Ups, backed up by Kim McLean and Black Train, plus Captain Freedom and, after a six-month break from his adoring fans, Circus the Singing Dog.

“He pulls a bigger crowd than the Hick-Ups,” Jimmy said.

As Jimmy put the finishing touches to Circus’ new stage box, he cautioned patrons not to help themselves to his props – a disturbing new trend at recent gigs.

“It’s not the usual crew, but some who have a few beers and think it’s fair game to nick off with them,” he said.

“Someone even stole my luminous glow-in-the-dark Jesus from the stage of a gig at The Buddha Bar over Easter.

“What the hell am I going to do without Jesus?

“I feel like I have not just lost a prop, but also a true friend.

“If anybody out there has information as to the whereabouts of my glow-in-the-dark Jesus, or is feeling guilty, it can be returned to the Hick-Ups stage 1pm this Saturday, no questions asked.”

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