Macleay Valley
Arts Council Inc

Upcoming events

    • 05 Aug 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • 01 Sep 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • Trial Bay Gaol, South West Rocks


    A sculpture exhibition in a location like no other.

    Dose up on culture and heritage in one easy fix! Truly unique location with a fascinating history, restaurant and campground situated in the beautiful Arakoon National Park.

    Gala opening on Sunday, August 5 with music markets food and fun! Entry $2.

    • 24 Aug 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • Oddfellows Hall, 22 Kemp St, West Kempsey
    • 63
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    A Mark Oats and Matty Zarb show is full of laughs, lots of fun and exciting musicianship. Mark and Matty have been great friends and musical mates since 1986 and never tire of playing together. 

    Like kids with toys it’s always fresh and totally entertaining!

    Mark is without a doubt Australia’s most loved rascal fiddler with a style that is all his own that has taken him all around the world. Mark has been in the iconic Aussie band the Bushwackers line up for over 23 years now and is a favorite go see in whatever outfit he is playing with. His happy go lucky way is signature of what you see is what you get in total entertainment. He is an exceptional musician and a must see! 

    Matty has had a very colorful history to bring him into this act.

    Matty is an accomplished guitar player and the perfect match to play alongside Mark. Matty has picked his way around the world too on his 23 year old Maton and just loves to entertain and sing his songs and tell his yarns. His ability to create beautiful music from his old Maton guitar is certainly grown out from his own style and sound. The two lads together is a very unique sound and a wonderful experience. 

    This coming year they will be out on the road playing festivals and events and can’t wait for every single gig With an eclectic mix of Celtic/Folk/Bushgrass type music with a feel only they can get together it’s a must see and hear. 

    Here is a showreel to give you a snippet of what you can expect in any show with them.

    • 25 Aug 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Oddfellows Hall


    The place to get your performance started!

    Great acoustics, friendly people and warm applause!

    Bring your friends to cheer you on!

    $5 per person, light supper is included.


    • 07 Sep 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • Oddfellows Hall, 22 Kemp Street, West Kempsey
    • 79
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    Fast-emerging and synergetic duo Anna Salleh and Guy Strazz will be performing at ODDFELLOWS HOT CLUB in Kempsey on Friday, 7 September.

    Since Anna and Guy first graced the Hot Club stage, they have been on an exciting creative journey together, which has seen the birth of lovingly-crafted original songs, including lyrics set by Anna to Guy's award-winning tune Mandela.

    This provides new spice to the bedrock of their brilliant show that breathes new life into Brazilian classics - from the Afro-samba Berimbau to the bossa nova anthem Chega de Saudade ('No More Blues'). Along with irresistible rhythms and melodies of other styles from Rio de Janeiro and beyond, virtuosic instrumentals, and much loved ballads, their performance is not to be missed.

    Guy Strazz is a guitar master, composer and recording artist, who is well known for his albums and collaborations with artists such as Slava Grigoryan, Ashok Roy, Matt McMahon and Vince Jones.

    Singer/guitarist Anna Salleh performs both nationally and internationally and has achieved great acclaim for her show ‘Gorgeous Songs from Brazil & Beyond’, which features some of Australia's best jazz and world musicians.

    "I've had a life-long passion for Brazilian music," says Anna, who first fell for bossa nova when she heard the sound track to the film Black Orpheus, many years ago.

    About 10 years ago she was recommended to get some guitar lessons from Guy and the rest – as they say – is history. “We both discovered we loved Brazilian music,” says Guy. "So Salleh & Strazz was a collaboration that evolved naturally."

    “The combination of syncopated African rhythms, melancholic yet uplifting melodies, poetic lyrics and jazzy harmonies are a winning combination as far as I'm concerned,” says Anna.

    “Way beyond The Girl from Ipanema, our music has broad appeal - it seems to speak to the heart, whatever your age, and no matter what walk of life you are from."

    MORE INFO: www.sallehandstrazz.com

    • 19 Oct 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • Oddfellows Hall, 22 Kemp St, West Kempsey
    • 80
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    Multiple award-winning Australian Blues musician Darren Jack has been electrifying audiences with his signature powerhouse Rock ‘n’ Blues and original music for over twenty years.

    Darren has appeared in most major Blues Festivals in Australia, including: East Coast Blues Festival – Byron Bay, Great Southern Blues Festival – Narooma, Thredbo Blues Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Australian Blues Music Festival – Goulburn, Southern Blues and Roots Festival – Hobart, Gympie Music Festival, Cross Roads Festival – Central Coast, Manly Jazz Festival, Blues on Broadbeach – Broadbeach, Bridgetown Blues Festival W.A. & The Forth Valley Blues Festival Launceston, Wangaratta Jazz and Blues Festival and the Sydney Blues and Roots Festival.

    And now, at the HOT CLUB right here in West Kempsey!


    • 26 Oct 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Roxy Cinema, South West Rocks
    Register


    The Stuarts Point Players return to the stage this September with two one-act comedies, which are sure to get you laughing. 

    Both plays are written by Queensland playwright Mark Lucas, who has been producing edgy one-act comedy and drama for 16 years.

    “These plays are written with the desire to drag people away from their lounge rooms, take them on a wild ride and provide them with entertainment that is on a par with if not better than what they are seeing on television,” Lucas said.

    The first half of the Players’ production has just three characters on stage, for the comedy ‘Avatar’. Virgil is no angel but when he comes face to face with Anastasia while burgling her home, he wears a different hat … or is that halo? An open window and Virgil’s brolly-wielding nemesis, Charlotte, add to his misfortune as the race for the inheritance turns into a battle of half-wits.

    The second half features four actors in ‘Stroke’. Stacey and Sandra find themselves holed-up in a cheap motel after robbing a bank. Unfortunately for them, the room’s other tenants return. But this could be a twist of luck for the girls as both Myron and his wife Adele are visually impaired and can’t identify them. Nothing can prepare you for the outrageous revelations that will ensure you discover that justice is, indeed, blind.

    The plays will open at the South West Rocks School of Arts on Friday, October 26, and then move to Stuarts Point on Saturday, October 27. The following weekend there will be a performance at the Oddfellows Hall in West Kempsey, on Friday, November 2, and the final outing will be at Stuarts Point on Saturday, November 3.

    Both plays are rated MA 15+ and contain sexual references and strong language.

    • 27 Oct 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Stuarts Point Community Hall
    Register


    The Stuarts Point Players return to the stage this September with two one-act comedies, which are sure to get you laughing. 

    Both plays are written by Queensland playwright Mark Lucas, who has been producing edgy one-act comedy and drama for 16 years.

    “These plays are written with the desire to drag people away from their lounge rooms, take them on a wild ride and provide them with entertainment that is on a par with if not better than what they are seeing on television,” Lucas said.

    The first half of the Players’ production has just three characters on stage, for the comedy ‘Avatar’. Virgil is no angel but when he comes face to face with Anastasia while burgling her home, he wears a different hat … or is that halo? An open window and Virgil’s brolly-wielding nemesis, Charlotte, add to his misfortune as the race for the inheritance turns into a battle of half-wits.

    The second half features four actors in ‘Stroke’. Stacey and Sandra find themselves holed-up in a cheap motel after robbing a bank. Unfortunately for them, the room’s other tenants return. But this could be a twist of luck for the girls as both Myron and his wife Adele are visually impaired and can’t identify them. Nothing can prepare you for the outrageous revelations that will ensure you discover that justice is, indeed, blind.

    The plays will open at the South West Rocks School of Arts on Friday, October 26, and then move to Stuarts Point on Saturday, October 27. The following weekend there will be a performance at the Oddfellows Hall in West Kempsey, on Friday, November 2, and the final outing will be at Stuarts Point on Saturday, November 3.

    Both plays are rated MA 15+ and contain sexual references and strong language.

    • 02 Nov 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Oddfellows Hall, West Kempsey
    Register


    The Stuarts Point Players return to the stage this September with two one-act comedies, which are sure to get you laughing. 

    Both plays are written by Queensland playwright Mark Lucas, who has been producing edgy one-act comedy and drama for 16 years.

    “These plays are written with the desire to drag people away from their lounge rooms, take them on a wild ride and provide them with entertainment that is on a par with if not better than what they are seeing on television,” Lucas said.

    The first half of the Players’ production has just three characters on stage, for the comedy ‘Avatar’. Virgil is no angel but when he comes face to face with Anastasia while burgling her home, he wears a different hat … or is that halo? An open window and Virgil’s brolly-wielding nemesis, Charlotte, add to his misfortune as the race for the inheritance turns into a battle of half-wits.

    The second half features four actors in ‘Stroke’. Stacey and Sandra find themselves holed-up in a cheap motel after robbing a bank. Unfortunately for them, the room’s other tenants return. But this could be a twist of luck for the girls as both Myron and his wife Adele are visually impaired and can’t identify them. Nothing can prepare you for the outrageous revelations that will ensure you discover that justice is, indeed, blind.

    The plays will open at the South West Rocks School of Arts on Friday, October 26, and then move to Stuarts Point on Saturday, October 27. The following weekend there will be a performance at the Oddfellows Hall in West Kempsey, on Friday, November 2, and the final outing will be at Stuarts Point on Saturday, November 3.

    Both plays are rated MA 15+ and contain sexual references and strong language.

    • 03 Nov 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Stuarts Point Community Hall
    Register


    The Stuarts Point Players return to the stage this September with two one-act comedies, which are sure to get you laughing. 

    Both plays are written by Queensland playwright Mark Lucas, who has been producing edgy one-act comedy and drama for 16 years.

    “These plays are written with the desire to drag people away from their lounge rooms, take them on a wild ride and provide them with entertainment that is on a par with if not better than what they are seeing on television,” Lucas said.

    The first half of the Players’ production has just three characters on stage, for the comedy ‘Avatar’. Virgil is no angel but when he comes face to face with Anastasia while burgling her home, he wears a different hat … or is that halo? An open window and Virgil’s brolly-wielding nemesis, Charlotte, add to his misfortune as the race for the inheritance turns into a battle of half-wits.

    The second half features four actors in ‘Stroke’. Stacey and Sandra find themselves holed-up in a cheap motel after robbing a bank. Unfortunately for them, the room’s other tenants return. But this could be a twist of luck for the girls as both Myron and his wife Adele are visually impaired and can’t identify them. Nothing can prepare you for the outrageous revelations that will ensure you discover that justice is, indeed, blind.

    The plays will open at the South West Rocks School of Arts on Friday, October 26, and then move to Stuarts Point on Saturday, October 27. The following weekend there will be a performance at the Oddfellows Hall in West Kempsey, on Friday, November 2, and the final outing will be at Stuarts Point on Saturday, November 3.

    Both plays are rated MA 15+ and contain sexual references and strong language.

    • 23 Nov 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Oddfellows Hall, 22 Kemp St, West Kempsey
    • 80
    Register


    The Date Brothers are Ian Date on guitar, trumpet and vocals, and Nigel Date on guitar. They are Australia’s leading exponents of the gypsy jazz guitar style.

    Ian is a world renowned guitarist who’s shared the stage with many of the greatest international jazz musicians over his 40 odd year career.

    The brothers get together in Australia once or twice a year as well as overseas, and that's about to happen here at the HOT CLUB in Kempsey.

    Ian is the musical patron of the Oz Manouche gypsy guitar festival held in Brisbane each November which brings together the best of Australian Django style players as well as international guests.

    The brothers have performed at a stack of music festivals and held concerts all over the place.

    Recent recording collaborations for the Date Brothers include Tommy Emmanuel and James Morrison.

    You won't want to miss this! BOOK NOW!

    • 07 Dec 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Oddfellows Hall, 22 Kemp St, West Kempsey
    • 79
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    We all know him as keyboardist and backing vocalist for the world’s favourite party band, The Cat Empire. Now, Ollie McGill is coming to the HOT CLUB to perform his progressive style of jazz with his new project The Ollie McGill Trio.

    Aside from his membership in one of Australia’s most successful musical exports, The Cat Empire, Ollie plays part in several other Melbourne-based bands including The Conglomerate (a modern jazz quartet), Peaking Duck, The Future, 77 and Past Ollie’s Bedtime.

    A producer and multi-instrumentalist, Ollie also composed the top 10 iTunes hit song ‘Dumb Ways to Die” for metro trains Melbourne. The video went viral, achieving over 6 million views in three days.

    Describing their sound as electronic inspired jazz with progressive rock influences, prepare yourselves for an auditory experience unlike anything you’ve heard before!

    Listen

    • 04 Jan 2019
    • 7:30 PM
    • Oddfellows Hall, West Kempsey
    • 78
    Register


    Irish Mythen at the HOT CLUB!

    Yes folks, another international touring star is coming to the HOT CLUB!

    Irish Mythen was born in Ireland and now resides in Charlottetown Prince Edward Island Canada.

    "This Island creates music and musicians, art and artists. I found a shift to take things more seriously when I moved here." And she did just that. Her latest release, the self titled Irish Mythen, gained her recognition around the globe with nominations and wins coming from Music PEI, East Coast Music Association, Folk Alliance International and Socan. Write-ups in Australian Guitar Magazine, the Rolling Stone, and a plethora of online publications world wide have helped plant Irish firmly on the map of 'Must See Artists'.

    More here: https://www.irishmythen.com/home

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