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A cat, a duck and a fro...
THE Northern in Byron will be in foot-stomping form tomorrow night with reggae master CC The Cat, ska-omatic Anarchist Duck and the “raucous purveyors of roots music” Marshall and The Fro all on the bill.
Tickets $12. Door sales only, from 9pm.
Shout it out
JOHNNY O’Keefe had a huge impact on Australian music and is credited as the first Australian musician to tour the United States. He was also the first Australian act to have a hit in the US Top 40 charts.
Ballina Players are putting on the production of Shout: The Legend of the Wild One from tomorrow night at the Ballina Players Theatre.
Big numbers to feature in the musical, which details O’Keefe’s career, include Wild One, Cry, She’s My Baby, Move Baby Move and Shout.
The cast includes Paul Farrell in the lead role and newcomer Grace Hammond as O’Keefe’s wife Marianne.
Tickets from Just Funkin Music, Ballina, 6686 2440.
VITAMIN artists Jordie Lane, Tinpan Orange, Husky and Liz Martin, and friends Jen Cloher and Harry Angus (trumpeter for The Cat Empire/Jackson Jackson), come together for the tour Storm in a Teacup at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall on Saturday night, from 8pm.
Being scattered around the world has forced the Storm in a Teacup artists to collaborate, mostly via the internet thus far.
This set will be their third, however, so will be well polished by then.
Vitamin’s Glenn Wright tips Harry Angus’ secretly exceptional guitar playing and the lesser-known Husky or Liz Martin will be the big surprise of the night.
“It’s far more than a storm in a teacup,” Wright says enthusiastically. “It’s a juggernaut of indie music.”
Tickets $25, available at www.mullummusic.com.
For the musos
IT’S not too often one of the stars of the music industry puts on a show and does a call-out for musicians in the area to jump on stage. But that’s exactly what Clare Bowditch is doing. Bowditch, along with Lanie Lane, is playing at the A&I Hall Bangalow on July 20.
The shows are designed with a collaborative approach and encourage the audience to participate. If you would like to jump on stage, however, you need to apply to the Winter Secrets competition at www.clarebowditch.com/wintersecrets. Pulse has an interview coming up with Ms Bowditch closer to her gig in July.
GYPSY soul singer Snez, whose debut album happens to be named Gypsy Soul, is on a national tour to promote the release. The singer isn’t afraid to put her heart on her sleeve and it shows.
The busy songstress plays in quieter corners of the region at the Lismore Regional Gallery today, Lulu’s Cafe, Mullumbimby, on Saturday and at the Nimbin Markets on Sunday.