Macleay Valley 

Arts Council inc

Upcoming events

    • 26 Apr 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • Frederickton School of Arts Hall, Macleay Valley Way, Frederickton
    • 133

    ** tickets available at Fredo Newsagent or online **

    The Daughters of the Rum Rebellion are holding up in Frederickton!

    The Daughters of the Rum Rebellion weaves a tale of the daring female bushrangers who ranged colonial Australia, causing trouble and mayhem wherever they went. Using historical accounts and original songs, Gleny Rae & Ilona Harker recount the lives of these forgotten and much maligned femme fatales.

    Gleny Rae is one of Australia's favourite and most hard working country music performers. Having toured extensively with The Toe Sucking Cowgirls and Gleny Rae Virus and her Playboys, Gleny has added yet another string to her bow as she plays a tough widow with no other choice than to become the bushranger Madame Ironbark.

    Ilona Harker is a well-known performer on the contemporary music circuit as a singer/songwriter and also with her comedic cabaret characters, including the inimitable Mae Wilde. A festival darling, Ilona brings her theatrical talents to the fore with her hilarious rendition of Lady Moonlight.

    The story centres around our two fictional heroines, who after coming a cropper with the local constabulary in Ryelstone, escape into the bush and find the hide out of the infamous Jessie Hickman, bushranger and trick rider.

    Lady Moonlight, whose hopes of being a society darling are dashed after her fall from grace, rallies the stalwart and sensible Madame Ironbark into forming a bushranging gang. They become inspired using song and historical accounts of the heroic and wild tales of Black Mary, Mary Ann Bugg, Jessie Hickman and Molly Morgan, who were but a few of the women Australia's bushranging history has overlooked. The musical adventure of these daring women will take you all over Australia from Hobart, Maitland, Rylstone, Sofala, Sydney, Parramatta, Eulo, Mudgee and a little town called Uralla.

    Gleny and Ilona, having teamed up in early 2017 in outback NSW are on the loose and have picked up, for some of the journey, the delightful Irene Lemon from Armidale playing Australia's funny bone...Sheila Knacquers!

    • 06 May 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Oddfellows Hall, West Kempsey
    • 70

    JAN PRESTON, the knockout boogie pianist with a rich resonant voice, is returning to Kempsey for one concert only at the ODDFELLOWS HALL on SUNDAY MAY 6th @ 2pm.

    Jan has captured audiences around the world with her originality, her energy, and her sparkling charm and gentle wit.

    From a background in classical music with a long-term interest in composition and song writing, Jan Preston has created her own style, not only through her piano playing but also her singing and songwriting, which now sees her shine as a truly Antipodean original.

    Winner of 5 music awards, Jan has sold out concerts throughout Australia, NZ, Europe and the UK, composes music for film and TV, and performs side by side with the greatest contemporary boogie piano players in the world today.

    After breaking both her wrists in 2016, Jan is back touring with the launch of her new CD, appropriately called ‘Play It Again Jan’.

    “An inspirational and gifted pianist, performer and entertainer,…..her playing is as flawless as it is loose and joyful,” Rhythms Magazine.


    *This is a benefit concert for Save Our Macleay River (SOMR).

    • 20 May 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Oddfellows Hall, West Kempsey
    • 79

    Be swept away in an imaginative take on the folk idiom. Vanishing Shapes fuses old sounds of traditional folk music with modern influences such as electronic dance, progressive rock and classical, uniquely traversing from large cinematic soundscapes to twisted dance tunes all on acoustic instruments.

    Endearingly dubbed ‘fairy music’ during an early tour, their unique sound has found a home in some unexpected places, receiving support from Newcastle’s warehouse scenes as well as sharing the stage with diverse national and international acts including Afenginn, The Crooked Fiddle Band and Asta. The band has kept themselves busy touring independently, releasing an EP and full length album and playing festivals including St Albans Folk Festival, Wollombi Music Festival and Regrowth Festival.

    Highly energetic live performances are a bit humorous whilst bouncing from being playful, harrowing and ethereal creating moments that appeal to urges of dance, crying and escaping to other dimensions.


    • 15 Jun 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • Oddfellows Hall, 22 Kemp St, West Kempsey
    • 79

    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!


    • 01 Jul 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Oddfellows Hall, West Kempsey
    • 79

    Bluesmaster Lloyd Spiegel is coming to the HOT CLUB!

    Lloyd Spiegel has always forged his own path throughout his long career. A lifetime performing has seen him blend his grounding in the blues with storytelling and dazzling acoustic guitar technique to create a unique show and sound that is launching him onto festival and theatre stages around the globe as a true master of his craft.

    His new album ‘Backroads’ is a hard-edged, brutally honest account of Spiegel's life outside of music and reinvents his sound for new audiences, delivering more punch in his most powerful studio performance to date. 

    Along with Cole Clark guitars, Lloyd designed guitars specifically for the recording and a new duo show with drummer Tim Burnham promises to deliver his biggest stage sound yet. 

    Says Spiegel of the new album "So much of what I've written in the past is focussed on where I'm going. Both literally and figuratively. I'm a driven person and never really paused to think about the sacrifices, what I've left behind till I sat for a moment and started writing."

    "The plan to step outside of what people might expect from me, sound fresh and push harder made it feel like I had no boundaries placed on me and I had a sense of creative freedom with this one that I hadn't felt before. I hadn't really let loose with an electric guitar on record since I was a teenager.... it felt good." 

    The Album ‘Backroads’ is available for presale from April 16, and in store from May 15 through Only Blues Music.

    • 24 Aug 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • Oddfellows Hall, 22 Kemp St, West Kempsey
    • 76

    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. 

    • 07 Sep 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • Oddfellows Hall, 22 Kemp Street, West Kempsey
    • 80
    Exquisitely intimate performance of bossa nova, jazz and samba. 

    Anna woos audiences with her vocal artistry and natural feel for the music of Rio de Janeiro, while Guy's guitar sings with dazzling virtuosity and a deeply expressive, almost romantic strain. 

    Beyond 'The Girl from Ipanema', come on a deeper journey into the heart of Brazilian music ...and more. 
    • 19 Oct 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • Oddfellows Hall, 22 Kemp St, West Kempsey
    • 80

    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!

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

    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!

Past events

14 Apr 2018 Corin Raymond and Scott Cook at the HOT CLUB
31 Mar 2018 Creative Obsesssions
25 Mar 2018 Stuarts Point Players meeting
18 Mar 2018 Lindsay Lou at the HOT CLUB
10 Mar 2018 Honey & Knives at the HOT CLUB
24 Feb 2018 Cyril B Bunter at the HOT CLUB
24 Feb 2018 Flickerfest - Best International
23 Feb 2018 Flickerfest - Best Comedy
22 Feb 2018 Flickerfest - Best Australian
17 Feb 2018 Unplugged
16 Feb 2018 Crystal Vibes - Soul Sangeet
08 Feb 2018 And Now for Something Completely Different
31 Jan 2018 Festival of Small Halls
22 Dec 2017 Joe Robinson at the HOT CLUB
25 Nov 2017 Mid Coast Glamour Girls at the HOT CLUB
05 Nov 2017 Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson
07 Oct 2017 Darren Jack
15 Sep 2017 Tenzin Choegyal
10 Mar 2017 Scott Cook at the HOT CLUB
03 Mar 2017 Minnie Marks at the HOT CLUB
17 Feb 2017 Anna Salleh & Guy Strazz at the HOT CLUB
29 Jan 2017 Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson at the HOT CLUB
23 Dec 2016 JOE ROBINSON at the HOT CLUB
10 Sep 2016 ESCALATORS at the HOT CLUB
26 Aug 2016 Josh Needs at the HOT CLUB
22 Jul 2016 George Washingmachine at the HOT CLUB
16 Jul 2016 Rory Ellis at the HOT CLUB
24 Jun 2016 Geoff Turnbull at the HOT CLUB
18 Jun 2016 Geoff Turnbull at the HOT CLUB
14 May 2016 Amos Morris at the HOT CLUB
15 Apr 2016 Steel Magnolias presented by Stuarts Point Players
09 Apr 2016 Honey & Knives at the HOT CLUB
04 Mar 2016 Scott Cook
26 Feb 2016 Dan Barnett & Tricia Evy
20 Feb 2016 Paul Robert Burton
11 Feb 2016 Flickerfest in February
02 Jan 2016 Joe Robinson
18 Dec 2015 Vena Klymo
07 Nov 2015 Darren Jack
25 Sep 2015 Rockabilly Women
28 Aug 2015 Blues Point Jazz ft George Washingmachine & Dan Barnett
14 Aug 2015 JOSH NEEDS ft Amos Morris & McKinley Payne
07 Aug 2015 Sydney Conservatorium of Music
24 Jul 2015 Sex, Cynicism and Other Small Miracles
11 Jul 2015 Ethan Azarian and The Cows at the HOT CLUB
19 Jun 2015 Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player
05 Jun 2015 Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson at the HOT CLUB
15 May 2015 Groove-a-Rella & ALIBIS
09 May 2015 Funk Engine at the HOT CLUB
24 Apr 2015 Gallipoli
11 Apr 2015 Minnie Marks at the HOT CLUB
14 Mar 2015 Dead Men Talking
14 Mar 2015 Dead Men Talking
07 Mar 2015 Geoff Turnbull at the HOT CLUB
14 Feb 2015 Flickerfest - International #2
13 Feb 2015 Flickerfest - International #1
12 Feb 2015 Flickerfest - Best Australian Shorts
07 Feb 2015 Amos Morris at the HOT CLUB
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