Ballina Players Dusty the Original Pop Diva.
Ballina Players Dusty the Original Pop Diva. supplied

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Sixties songstress
THE next hit for Ballina Players is the musical/documentary Dusty, the Original Pop Diva. Starring Lee Millard as icon of the '60s Dusty Springfield, the play tells the story of the singer's life through all the ups and downs.

The story is woven with the star's hit singles You Don't Have to Say You Love Me, Little By Little and I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself. The first performance is tomorrow night (Friday, November 18) and runs through to December 10.

For more information and to book call Just Funkin Music on 6686 2440.

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Delicate ditties
SARAH Blasko, Sally Seltmann and Holly Throsby are back in their current guise as Seeker Lover Keeper.

The trio has been nominated for an ARIA award for their self-titled debut album in the best adult alternative album category.

The sweet harmonies of three of Australia's most talented songstresses on their own combine to make the beautiful pop-ditties Light All My Lights and Even Though I'm a Woman.

They play the Star Court Theatre on Sunday, November 20, in a sold-out event.

Thrupping good time
WORKING in your day job while dreaming about the girl in the shop across the road - that's where Bart Thrupp dreamt up the idea for his latest single and film clip, Girl in the Fish Bowl.

The Toowoomba-based singer-songwriter heads to Lennox Head on Sunday to launch the track he hopes will grow his legion of fans.

Catch the solo launch on Sunday, November 20 at 4pm or at The Rails on Monday, November 21 at 6.30pm. Both gigs are free.

Put to sea
WHAT do Andrew Stockdale, Kram, Ash Grunwald, Dallas Frasca and The Grains have in common?

They're all playing to support and raise money for Sea Shepherd Byron Bay at The Northern on Wednesday, November 23.

Stockdale kicks off the night, hopefully teasing us with new material from an upcoming Wolfmother (who happen to be playing The Northern on December 16) album.

Krash follow on featuring the jamming blues-and-roots duo of Ash Grunwald and Kram (Spiderbait).

Tickets to the fundraiser are $40 from the venue or at

It's ploughing time
ACCORDING to several reviews to come out this week the Harvest Festival has set the standard for the summer festival season.

The Flaming Lips provided life-altering experiences in Melbourne and Sydney last weekend and Portishead impressed with their first-in-13-years performance on Australian shores.

This Saturday, November 19 it's Brisbane's turn at the Riverstage and as well as the aforementioned headliners there's The National, Bright Eyes, TV on the Radio, Mogwai, Dappled Cities, Mercury Rev and much more.

Setting this festival aside from the rest is, aside from the line-up, the civilised gathering they promise. Tickets $159.15 from

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