Macleay Valley
Arts Council Inc

Upcoming events

    • 19 Oct 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • Oddfellows Hall, 22 Kemp St, West Kempsey
    • 79
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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!


    • 21 Oct 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Oddfellows Hall, 22 Kemp St, West Kempsey
    • 80
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    Liam Moylan has been performing Acoustic, Folk, Soul and Rock for five years now. He has a catalogue of original music and an arsenal of covers that he plays in his very own style, not just mimicking the original artists. 

    Liam is also the manager of Macleay Entertainment, a production company that promotes live music in the Hastings and Macleay Valleys.

    The perfect entertainer for our easy listening Sunday Sessions! 

    Grab your wine or your thermos, maybe a few snacks, and get on down to Oddfellows Hall for an afternoon of sheer delight. See you there!

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

    • 10 Nov 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • Oddfellows Hall, 22 Kemp St, West Kempsey
    • 80
    Register


    Julie Croft has had a rich and varied career as a musician, musical director and music educator. She is a classically trained pianist, has played in blues, jazz and rock bands, contemporary music duos and trios, conducted massed choral concerts at the Sydney Opera House, given classical piano recitals and designed exciting music programs for students across NSW and for remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory. Julie’s unique style on keyboards brings a vitality and virtuosity to her current musical entity – Baching Mad

    Here's a snippet.

    • 17 Nov 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    • Kempsey Skatepark, Belgrave St, Kempsey
    • 48
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    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.

    • 18 Nov 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Oddfellows Hall, 22 Kemp St, West Kempsey
    • 79
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    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.

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

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    • 16 Dec 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Oddfellows Hall, 22 Kemp St, West Kempsey
    • 80
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    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.

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

    • 12 Jan 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Frederickton School of Arts Hall
    • 165
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    "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. 

    200 seats available, first come first served. BOOK NOW! This WILL sell out.

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