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ASH Grunwald is renowned for his intense one-man-band live shows that produce a massive wall of sound. His unique Junkyard Blues have made him a festival favourite all over the globe. Grunwald is a soulful bluesman in the purest sense, having been nurtured by a grandfather from South Africa with a passion for music and a love for recording. Ash has engaged two friends to join him on stage of late, Benny, a percussionist who plays a car door and Kanchana, a percussionist who plays African drums and DJs. Catch Ash at the Great Northern Hotel on Sunday, January 17. Tickets are $20.50 and are available from the venue. Doors open at 8pm.The Beautiful Girls
AFTER seven years on the road... in hotels, in foreign mud, bags full of hotel keys, flight stubs and stickers on gear cases that map a zigzag of touring across just about every continent on the globe, a motorcycle accident saw some cheap Los Angeles Hotel down time for Mat McHugh, lead singer of The Beautiful Girls. That period saw him strip his songs down, take some time sitting still, and record his first solo album. But after a brief, yet warranted, break the boys are back and will play the Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay, Friday night. Tickets are $30.75 from the venue. Doors open 9pm.Hard Core Sounds
IF YOU like your music hard and fast, Conway Street is the place to be Friday night when Northern Rivers Sound presents a collection of elite local and touring punk/hardcore bands. Hitting the stage will be local acts Defiance and Wrecked, Brisbane’s Driven Fear and punk/hardcore four piece The Final Fall from the Gold Coast. Headlining will be One Vital Word from Newcastle. The all-ages event is at Northern Rivers Sound, 2 Conway Street, Lismore. Tickets $8 at the door. Doors open 6pm.Highwaymen Tribute
THE Highwaymen were a musical sensation – four legends of the music industry together on stage, so it’s little wonder someone would want to recreate it. Now Canadian-born performer and producer Dail Platz, along with Gold Coast-Tweed residents Paul Mostyn and Brent Lillie, have recreated the magic that is The Highwaymen. Featuring acoustic and electric guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle and harmonica, The Highwaymen Tribute Show isn’t just a few guys and a backing tape. Catch them at the Woodburn-Evans Head RSL on Saturday, January 16, from 8pm. Tickets $20 from the venue.Mick McHugh
MICK McHugh and Band have enjoyed a busy 12 months, with tours to Melbourne, Adelaide, the Whitsundays and Brisbane. They have supported Pete Murray, received an international award for song writing, produced a live CD and were invited to play at the 2010 Port Fairy Folk Fest. Mick’s music fuses positive conscious messages with contemporary Irish folk. Fronting his well-seasoned band, Mick will have you swaying and dancing all night long to his catchy Irish-Australian inspired tunes. Catch Mick and the band at the Buddha Bar on Saturday at 7pm and the Sphinx Rock Cafe on Sunday from 1.30pm. Entry is free both gigs.