Mentoring makes more Mullum music
THE lanterns are ready and all is set in place for tonight's opening night gala performance of the Mullum Music Festival.
In its fourth year, festival director Glenn Wright said this year is feeling more "inclusive" than ever before.
"More and more restaurants are opening and more people want to be involved," he told The Northern Star yesterday.
For the first time the festival will take it to the streets in a New Orleans-style parade down Burringbar and Dalley Streets on Sunday at 11am.
Harry James Angus and Simon Jerrams, from Fyah Walk will take part in the horn session alongside Wright, belting it out on trombone and plenty of amateurs.
"Sunday is when everyone is feeling really relaxed so it's a great way to kick off the final day with a bit of fun," Wright said.
The festival is held in various venues throughout Mullumbimby, including the Mullumbimby High School, Ex-Services Club, Civic Hall, Bowlo and Courthouse.
The mentorship program has been up and running again this year with five lucky winners picking up mentorships with top Aussie talent including Husky, Jordie Lane, Lucie Thorne, Sara Tindley and Liz Martin.
Last year's mentorship winners Alice Blu were lucky enough to be picked up again, this time as part of the official program.
"One of the things about the mentorship program is that it helps in the process of applying for places on festivals," Wright said.
"So it's as much a prize as it is an education."
This year, Wright tips The Congos, out from Jamaica for the first "and likely the last" time in Australia, as well as Little Bushman featuring Warren Bright of Fat Freddy's Drop and Trinity Roots.
From the local talent pool, Sara Tindley, James Cruikshank and Greg Sheehan's collaborative percussion session are "must sees".
Mullum Music Festival kicks off tonight and finishes on Sunday night. For the full line-up and ticketing information head to www.mullummusicfestival.com.
- The Congos and Mista Savona Band (Saturday, Mullum High, 5pm)
- James Cruikshank (Sunday, Courthouse, 2.30pm)
- Little Bushman (Saturday, Mullum High, 8.15pm)
- Abbe May (Saturday, Ex-Services, 7pm and Sunday, Mullum High, 2pm)
- Lanie Lane (tomorrow, Ex-Services, 9pm)
- Husky (Saturday, Mullum High, 3.30pm and Sunday, Ex-Services, 5.30pm)
- Alice Blu (Saturday, Ex-Services, 1pm)