Macleay ValleyArts Council Inc
The Stuarts Point Players return to the stage this October 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 and contain sexual references and strong language.
Baching Mad (that’s - ‘Barking Mad’) is a funk/classical/jazz/electronica duo creating a unique genre-bending artistic collaboration. Julie Croft on keyboards weaves music like a madcap Sorceress of Sound who's hell-bent on capturing you. Her colourful past spans classical piano recitals, keyboards in blues and contemporary ensembles and conducting massed choral concerts at the Sydney Opera House. The Nambucca Valley’s own Abe Mac on the skins will enthral you with his versatility and brilliance. Abe has played locally for many years in various outfits, including his current band ‘A Little Province’. After moving back from Byron Bay he is embracing an exciting new direction with this duo.
The Baching Mad experience presents captivating originals which embrace new ideas, textures, rhythms and colours within a genre-defying collage. Just when the groove is solid, the music may move seamlessly into other worlds, sometimes classical improvisations over funky rhythms, while at others, seismic shifts from one idea to the next. With influences traversing more than two centuries it weaves its way through funky laid-back grooves and bluesy blends to explosions of virtuosic brilliance.
The duo will be enriched by Armidale guest artist James Croft on Baching Mad trumpet and flugelhorn at the Oddfellows Hall, Kempsey on Saturday November 10th, starting 7:00 pm.
This is an indescribably unconventional musical melange, with heaps of passion and surprise. Check it out!... You'd be Baching Mad not to...
Here's a snippet.
"Epiphany" is an exhibition of new watercolours and oils by MVAC member Mark Pryor. The works in the exhibition approach the concept of an epiphany from different perspectives and explore the stillness at the centre of all things. The majority of the work is an emotional response to this stillness in the natural environment. as a result each work is more of a"moment" rather than a representational scene.
Don't miss this one! Book your stall site today!
Open air festival behind the skatepark in Belgrave Street, Kempsey with food stalls, market stall, services stalls, live music all day, fun activities for youth, and skating!
Proudly presented by Macleay Valley Arts Council and Macleay Entertainment.
Supported by Kempsey Shire Council and NSW Government Family & Community Services.
Make sure to mark Saturday 17 November in your gig calendars as the Red Cedar Festival is back for its second year! This time with an even bigger line-up for 2018, celebrating Macleay’s Youth!
Macleay Valley Arts Council in partnership with Macleay Entertainment are organising the event with support from Kempsey Shire Council through their Family and Community Services Youth Opportunities grant.
As artistic director of the event, Liam Moylan of Macleay Entertainment is excited to announce a line up bursting with local talent headlined by special guest – rising star of Aussie Hip-Hop – Dobby.
"Dobby has been described as a ‘sonic showcase’ and has been making huge waves in the Australian music scene” said Liam. “We are incredibly lucky to catch him on his East Coast Tour to promote his new EP, I’m certain Kempsey will love his mind-blowing show!”
The line-up also boasts local Macleay guitar hero Josh Needs, Dunghutti family band, The Vault, hip-hop femme fatale Dawn Laird, Crescent Head’s own DJ Faraway plus the Mad Hatas, Klepta Klezm, Benny Deeks, Genes, Jaxon Pollard and local high school bands and an Indigenous youth fashion show.
There will also be a variety of market stalls at the event which is being held at Kempsey Skatepark, 67 Belgrave St, West Kempsey on Saturday November 17 from 10am until 7pm.
For more information visit facebook.com/redcedarfestival or contact Liam Moylan on 0432 734 138
An intimate afternoon of Australia’s finest Americana music is coming to the Oddfellows Hall in Kempsey.
Rory Ellis and Chris Haigh will be performing songs from Rory’s eight nationally and internationally acclaimed albums.
Get your listening ears on, prepare to take a seat and tune into the show. Just like sitting around the wireless in the day, you will get to tune into some great playing and stories. Rory Ellis is an underground hero of Americana in Australia.
Rory has performed on some of the world’s biggest stages, alongside Richie Havens, Robert Cray, Canned Heat, Seth Lakeman, Charlie Musselwhite, Renee Geyer, Diesel and many others. and has performed at many of the largest UK Blues and Roots Festivals.
Joining Rory on stage is Chris Haigh a true legend in his own right having performed for many years with the greats of Australia’s country music scene including, Troy Cassar-Daley, Graeme Connors, Kasey Chambers, Goldrush with Tommy Emmanuel and Phil Emmanuel, even support shows with Billy Joel and so many more. Chris is possibly one of Australia’s best kept musical secrets.
“Rory Ellis is one of those singer/songwriters, like Leonard Cohen, who makes the hairs on your arms stand up by simply opening his mouth and uttering a few throaty words.” Brett Callwood: Acoustic Magazine UK.
“Rory Ellis is one of the great storytellers on the Australian roots scene. A big man with a huge voice, with a trove of outstanding material at his disposal, he immerses us into his world... His huge, deep voice is a remarkable instrument of rich and raw emotion. It is that voice, the absolute quality of the musicianship and incomparable song writing talent that really sets him apart as an artist.” Mick Griffin: Live Review, Bendigo Weekly.
“His is one of the most distinctive voices in Australian folk and country music, rich and full and emotive.” Jeff Glorfeld: The Melbourne Age, 2015.
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.
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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!
Dancing between intricate, rhythmic cello lines, compelling lyrics and heart-tugging harmonies, Monique Clare is a powerhouse in the contemporary folk scene. She draws on tradition while boldly marching towards the forefront of innovation. She’s played mountaintop sunrise concerts, taught cello in Afghanistan and travelled the world diving into folklore treasure troves. Described as “pure joy” to watch, she delivers a live set that’s more or less a one-woman variety show. As the 2017 Folk Alliance Australia Young Artist of the Year she broke out as a solo artist, released and toured her debut EP, and is now touring internationally as part of The Maes through 2018. She’s a skilled and versatile multi-genre cellist, having worked for bluegrass legend Darol Anger, Scottish fiddler Hanneke Cassel and opera-trained pop singer Kate Miller-Heidke.
She's appearing at Macleay Valley Arts Council Sunday Sessions with drummer Caleb Colledge.
Tickets $20 members, $25 non-members.
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
"Once in a great while a young guitarist captures the attention of music lovers early in his career and manages to sustain this interest as he matures creatively and sheds the prodigy label. Joe Robinson is one of those rare talents."
We couldn't agree more!
Your one chance to catch Joe on his annual summer break in Australia. Right here in the Macleay Valley! This year Joe & Family will perform at the Frederickton School of Arts, so the seating will be standard concert format, no tables or BYO.
*with special guest MINNIE MARKS!
200 seats available, first come first served. BOOK NOW! This WILL sell out.
The music of SNEZ embodies the art of songwriting in its most personal and universal forms. This enchanting songstress has a forte for describing the experiences of everyday life in a way that resonates with people everywhere, articulating moments of deep pain and pure joy. Coming from a Macedonian working-class family, where stories about hardship, romance, black magic, mysticism and work ethic have been passed down through generations, Snez subtly weaves these influences into her own stories and songs, and in the process produces tantalizingly personal and intimate performances.
In 2009, SNEZ released her debut album ‘Gypsy Soul’, and there began her journey as a travelling storyteller. Hailing from the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, with guitar in hand, SNEZ spent the next 5 years roaming remote and regional Australia, finding a willing audience around campfires, at cattle stations, on the side of highways and along pavements, at nursing homes, refugee camps, cafes, pubs, living rooms and indigenous schools; squeezing her world into a campervan for months at a time.
SNEZ seems to be able to cut to the heart of the matter not only lyrically, but live on stage. Her warm, passionate and compelling performance style, is peppered with comedic and haunting tales, layered harmonies and beautiful folk/pop melodies. When it comes to writing and performing, SNEZ definitely rules with her heart, not her head.
Australian Blues|Roots|Gospel artist Dan Hopkins plays a punchy brand of modern roots that has a distinct delta flavour with gospel overtones. Dan creates an experience that could be described as Ash Grunwald, Eric Bibb and Paul Kelly meeting down at the crossroads. This culminates in an emotionally driven journey down a sweetly plucked but often dirty slide guitar borne road across the Southern blues idiom.
Winner of the Australian Blues Music Festival Busking Contest in 2016, Dan's dynamic finger style blues has recently enlivened audiences for Wendy Matthews, Mental as Anything and Sydney Blues Challenge winner (2014) Darren Jack.
Dan's smooth rich vocal tone, his dynamic finger style blues and dexterity on the slide guitar mixed with poignant lyrics create a highly versatile performer not to be missed.