Macleay Valley
Arts Council Inc

Sunday Sessions is a monthly laid back easy listening event bringing more live music to the Macleay Valley. 
As the name suggests, performances are held on Sundays, but in the afternoons, from 2pm-4pm.
Ticket prices are usually $20 and $15 for members, but touring artists may demand slightly higher prices.
Patrons sit at 1m circular cafe tables which seat six, and BYO everything, including drinks, snacks, plates, cups.
There is no reserved seating, except for those with a disability. The venue has a capacity of 80. The shows are all ages events, however, please be aware that some artists may use 'colourful' language. Ticket prices are per person,with the only discount being for MVAC members, when we have been able to negotiate this with the performers. 
Online bookings incur a 3% charge to recover fees imposed on MVAC by PayPal.

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    • 18 Nov 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Oddfellows Hall, 22 Kemp St, West Kempsey
    • 73
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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.

    • 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.

    She's appearing at Macleay Valley Arts Council Sunday Sessions with drummer Caleb Colledge.

    Tickets $20 members, $25 non-members.

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    • 20 Jan 2019
    • 2:00 PM
    • Oddfellows Hall, 22 Kemp St, West Kempsey
    • 80
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    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.


    • 17 Feb 2019
    • 2:00 PM
    • Oddfellows Hall, 22 Kemp St, West Kempsey
    • 80
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    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.

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George Washingmachine

Tricia Evy & Dan Barnett

Geoff Turnbull

Paul Robert Burton

Joe Robinson

Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson

Aunty Hu Hu & the Big Lazy

Kristina Olsen

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