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Machine Gun Felatio Bring It On Byron bay

MGF Bring It On
While the band's Saturday gig has already been sold out, tickets to Machine Gun Fellatio are still available for this Sunday, November 10.

The seven-piece band, which recently released their new album Bring it On, play a mixed bag of heavy blues, soul, rock and electronica.

Their stage show is just as entrancing as the music, drawing the biggest crowd at this year's Splendour in the Grass.

The self-confessed party animals never do anything by halves, and for just $21 you can hop on the wild and wacky rollercoaster of an MGF gig.

If you want to ensure yourself a seat, as tickets will probably sell out, grab a ticket now from the Northern's front bar.

Art Makes Its Mark
Performing at the opening of the new School of Arts at Southern Cross University this Friday is SCU graduate and poet Shé Hawke and singer/songwriter Jodi Martin.

To celebrate the new School of Arts at Southern Cross University, a 'festival of arts' will be held over the coming month with plenty of creative events and exhibitions for everyone to take part in.

The festival kicks off with the official launch this Friday, November 8, in Y Block Theatre from 5pm, with a short program of performances. These include video collages of the Race Around Lismore footage by Ian Slade and SCU students, a screening of the video documentary Music is a Tupperware Party by Denise Birch and a presentation of artworks.

There will also be a performance by local songbird Jodi Martin and her bass-playing sister Robyn Martin, and SCU graduate Shé Hawke will perform a comi/tragedy in narrative verse entitled 'Depot Girl' (about a female bus driver in regional Australia who observes her partners infidelities through the bus window). Shé Hawke will release her book of the same name next year.

The opening of Roar, the 2002 Bachelor of Visual Arts graduate exhibition, will be held following the launch at 6pm in the Visual Arts School (for more details on this exhibition, see this week's back page article).

There are a heap of other activities happening over the next month, including final year music presentations at SCU and local pubs, which people are welcome to attend.

One of these, Bob Howlett's keyboard exam, is being held next Tuesday, November 12, at SCU's D Block Concert Space from 8-9pm with special guest artists Scott Tinkler, Greg Sheehan, Greg Lyon and Scott Hills. For a full program of events visit http://hmcs.scu.edu.au/artslaunch/

You Am I Return Down Under
After playing support for new rock and roll outfit The Strokes in America for the last six weeks, You Am I (pictured) have returned to Aussie shores to promote their new album Deliverance.

Formed by Tim Rogers in the early 90s, You Am I have to date released three number one albums. Deliverance, while not the smash hit they may have hoped for, was made with no producer and its simplistic style is a big change for Tim and other band members Andy Kent, Russell Hopkinson and Davey Lane.

You Am I will perform two gigs next week - Wednesday and Thursday, November 13-14 at the Great Northern in Byron Bay, both from 9pm. The guys will perform plenty of material from the new album, but also some old favourites for die hard fans. Tickets are $21 and people are advised to get them early, as the gig's expected to sell out fast.

Tapping into The Blues Vein
Local band The Blues Vein will feature at the weekly blues night next Tuesday, November 12, at Maggie Moores, playing their funky style Chicago blues.

The five-piece band has been together for several years, and together they perform the classical instrumentation made famous by Chicago legend Muddy Waters. Their groove-based rhythms and blues originals have seen the band nominated in the North Coast Songwriting Awards twice, and they will also play some Chicago classics from Buddy Guy, Luther Allison, Jimmy Witherspoon and Paul Butterfield.

The Blues Vein have released a four-track EP of original songs titled About the Night, and a copy of this CD will be given away at the gig. Tickets are $8/6 at the door, starting from 8.30pm.

Freebie: The Echo has one double pass to giveaway to this gig. To go in the draw to win phone 6622 2888 between 10.30 & 10.40am on Monday, November 11 and tell us where Chicago is.

Film Society Launch
Norpa will launch the Green Room Film Society this Friday, November 8, with a screening of the classic Terry Gilliam film Brazil.

The Green Room Film Society is a members-based film group for local film fanatics, with members able to enjoy benefits like film discussions and the opportunity to participate in the programming of features. The society will screen alternative and classic films every fortnight at the Star Court Theatre including classic French, B grade horror, Hong Kong action and film noir flicks.

The screening of Brazil will be held at the Star Court Theatre from 7pm, and tickets are $10/8 at the door.

For more information or to become a member phone Norpa on 6622 0300.

Logo Comp Almost Closed
People have one week left to enter the Bungawalbin Catchment Management Group's Bungawalbin Logo Competition.

The competition is designed to promote the natural attractions of the catchment - beautiful wetlands, creeks lined with rainforest trees and endangered species like the Jabiru and Powerful Owl. The catchment forms the lower part of the Richmond River catchment and its biodiversity is one of the highest in Australia, surpassed only by far north Queensland.

The prize for the winning entry is $1,000, with the 20 best entries to be displayed at the Lismore Regional Art Gallery and Casino Library later this year. Entry forms are available at Lismore, Casino and Ballina TAFE, the Lismore gallery, ACE Lismore and Casino, Southern Cross University (SCU) and local art supply stores.

Entries close November 15. They can be posted or hand delivered to Reception, Graduate Research College, SCU (PO Box 157, Lismore, 2480). For info phone 6683 2011.

Wonderful World Music
A wonderful six-piece ensemble from Sydney, Bakalava, is touring around the country - with two shows planned for the Northern Rivers.

The band plays Greek, Turkish and Macedonian music with both modern and traditional instruments. These include the Turkish ud, klarnet, darbuka and ney flute, Greek instruments the bazouki and klarino, and many others. Belly dancing by Adriana will also feature at their gigs.

The first performance will be held on Saturday, November 16, at the Italo Club in North Lismore with local band KaOZ Klezmer, who perform a range of middle-eastern music. If you miss this gig the band will also play on Sunday, November 17, at Ewingsdale Hall near Byron Bay. Both gigs start at 7.30pm and Mediterranean food will be available.

Tickets are $15/10 or $35/25 for families from Music Bizarre in Lismore and Soundwaves in Byron Bay.

For more information phone 6688 2284.

Dance Forum
A community dance forum/workshop, Dancing in Landscapes of Home, will be presented by Northern Rivers Dance Action on Saturday, November 23.

The day provides an opportunity for dancers, artists and anyone interested to explore approaches to creating art relevant to communities in the region. It follows on from the Community Dance Forum in Brisbane this year, which was attended by a number of Northern Rivers artists.

The day will feature practical workshops, case studies and discussion presented by local and guest practitioners. Presenters include Northern Rivers Conservatorium head of dance Michael Hennessy, Gabrielle Smith from Company Chaos and Nimbin-based artist Omar Romay.

Isabella says Sayonara!
Gearing up for their Japanese tour next week are Isabella A Cappella members (l-r) Sally Mansfield, Mich Smith, Janelle Roworth, musical director Jude Magee and Georgina Pollard with tour coordinator Tazako McLaren.

Local choral ensemble Isabella A Cappella will say Sayonara to Lismore next Thursday, when the group leaves for a three-week tour of Japan. The tour is the third of its kind Isabella A Cappella has done, with all proceeds going toward the establishment of the 'Japan House' at Southern Cross University (SCU).

The Japan House project, run for more than three years, aims to raise funds to construct a building that can be used as a general meeting place by international students.

The building will be named the Father Tony Glynn Memorial House after Lismore priest Tony Glynn, who spent much of his life living in Japan working toward the reconciliation of Australian and Japanese people. He established the first sister city exchange ever in Australia between Lismore and Yamato-Takada.

"It's a great chance to show what we're capable of here at SCU and to support the Japan House project, because we think this is the perfect way for Father Tony Glynn to be remembered," musical director Jude Magee said. "It's also a great opportunity to participate in Japanese culture. While on tour we stay with host families and by doing this we all get a marvellous insight into Japanese life. Plus, it's a lot of fun!"

Isabella A Cappella will perform in universities, at the Australian Embassy, at a special mayor's dinner in Yamato-Takada and on the popular TV show Good Morning Hiroshima.

In preparation for the tour, which is funded by SCU, the group have done five weeks of basic Japanese language and manners classes with tour coordinator Tazako McLaren.

A Corker Country Festival
Beccy Cole, just one of the many country music stars performing at the Lismore Country Music Festival.

Tickets are on sale for the Lismore Country Music Festival next Saturday, November 16 at the Lismore showgrounds, which features a host of great family entertainment all day from 8am to 10pm.

Country music stars Beccy Cole, Lee Kernaghan, Adam Harvey and Brendon Walmsley are among the many performers and as well as non-stop country music for 12 hours, there's plenty of other activities to keep you busy.

A Bush Poets Breakfast will run from 8am to 10am, with people performing in open and novice categories for traditional, modern and original works. The grand champion will win $1,000 so there should be some hot competition and fantastic poetry.

The Lismore Gold Talent Search will showcase the talents of the state's best aspiring country music singers and two young lasses from the Northern Rivers - Ashleigh Graham from South Lismore and Jessica Gillett from The Channon have made it through. From 10am-1pm the finalists in the search will battle it out for cash and other prizes in junior and senior categories. The senior finalists are Karen Griffins, David Bird, Sooty Van Dorrsen, Joanne Stanley, Brent Lillie, Samson James and Sky Duce, while the junior finalists are Jessica Gillett, Ashleigh Graham, Sarah Bird, Mollie McClymont and Aaron Bolton.

Another highlight of the festival will be a half-hour set by the Weekend Warriors in the lead up to the main concert. The Weekend Warriors is a national program where former musicians aged between 40 and 60 do a series of weekend workshops where they form a band and rehearse for a concert. The Lismore Country Music Festival is the first major gig for the Lismore group of Weekend Warriors.

"The Warriors get to be rock stars for a night," Dean Fuller, from Lismore sponsor Nicholas Music, said. "It's all great fun - no one's expecting to top the charts or anything like that but it gives the participants a chance to recapture their love of playing music."

The festival will have plenty of food vans on site and a bar, but people are advised to bring a chair or rug to make the day more comfortable. Also keep an eye out for Red Cross volunteers who are raising money for the Farmhand Appeal, which aims to reduce the strain on drought-stricken farmers around the country.

Tickets to the festival are $35 for adults, $25 for pensioners and $15 for 12-17 year-olds. Children under 12 are free.

Filmmakers Wanted
Organisers of the Rosebank Short Film Festival, to be held at the end of November, are seeking independent short filmmakers to enter their films. Films up to 20 minutes long in video format can be entered, and all genres are accepted. The winner of the film festival, which organisers hope to make an annual event, will be screened at the 2003 Performing Arts Festival in Amsterdam.

For more information or to enter a film phone Jenni on 6688 2405 or Noelene on 6688 2206.

Making Art Your Business
Local ABC arts reporter Nikki Fuda will present two 'Self-Management for Artists' workshops in coming weeks, and people are urged to book early as there are limited places.

Based on the premise that an artist is a self-employed businessperson, the workshops help artists identify the skills needed to manage and develop their career.

Nikki, an experienced tutor and artist, will take participants through the process of how to manage and promote themselves, access funding, take advantage of training and artistic opportunities, work with the media, how to network and the benefits of mentors.

Run by Adult Community Education, the workshop will be held in Lismore on Wednesday, November 27, and in Byron Bay on Friday, November 29. To book phone 6622 1903 (Lismore) or 6684 3374 (Byron).

One Last Thrill
Jim Kelly and his Thrillseekers perform at the last weekly jazz night at Maggie Moores for 2002 next Wednesday.

The very last weekly jazz night for the year will be held next Wednesday, November 13 at Maggie Moores, featuring local group Jim Kelly's Thrillseekers. The weekly jazz nights, run by Jazz in the Countryside Agency, have been running in Lismore for five years now and the gigs are a favourite with jazz students and jazz lovers all around the region.

To end the year with a bang, Jim Kelly's Thrillseekers have been brought back for another gig - as their repertoire is one that always pleases. The Thrillseekers feature Jim Kelly on electric guitar, Steve Russell on keyboard, Greg Lyon on electric bass, Scott Hills on drums and James Cox doing percussion.

The group will perform contemporary jazz compositions with a heavy emphasis on groove. The group will also do a number of Crossfire tunes.

Tickets to the gig are $5 at the door, and the doors open at 8.30pm.

Amping it up at Unplugged
One of the last few Unplugged gigs for the year will be held next Wednesday, November 13 at the Rous Hotel in Lismore. Lennox Head-based singer songwriter Sara Tindley (pictured) will release her new album 5 Days - a simplistic acoustic album about life and how people relate to one another.

Also performing on the night is Jodi Suprain, Tim Webb, local band Lacquatious, The Slimy Brothers and Bongo, Paul and the Byron Boys.

The gig starts at 8pm, and entry is by gold coin.

A Social Bunch of Animals
Gregarious Chance want you to be part of their next album Social Animals by being recorded live in the audience at their upcoming gigs.

Local vocal ensemble Gregarious Chance are returning to the concert stage with vengeance this month to record six gig for their new album Social Animals - and they want you to be a part of it.

People can be recorded live in the audience at any of these gigs, the first of which is being held next Thursday, November 14 at the Rochedale Theatre in Goonellabah from 7.30pm. Tickets ($12/8) are now on sale for this gig at Lismore Music Centre or Music Bizarre.

The 12-member ensemble will be performing new material from composer/director Bruce McNicol, who has written several new works this year.

These include the nine-minute piece Asylum (about women in Afghanistan) written in Eastern modes and rhythms and a jazz choir love song, Incredularity. Arrangements of Supertramp, Bobby McFerrin, Phil Collins and others will be interspersed with the group's original pieces.

The group's third album Social Animals will emphasise the group's strong and eclectic mix of rhythms, human rights issues and humour. Mostly a cappella Gregarious Chance often pull out an accordion or flute, a trumpet or trombone, a guitar, keyboard or djembe at a moment's notice just to spice things up.

If you can't make next Thursday's gig, you can catch Gregarious Chance again next Friday, November 15 at Nimbin Town Hall from 8pm. They will perform at this gig with A Choired Taste and Nimbin choirs Harmonic Convergence, Moondaze Choir and Wednesday's Lunch. Tickets for this gig are $10/8 at the door, and supper will be available at both gigs. To book phone 6624 1969.

Saving Endangered Species Through Song
A benefit gig to raise funds for the protection of endangered species in NSW, Have to Have a Habitat, is being held this Saturday, November 9 at Coorabell Hall.

A host of fabulous local bands have come on board to support the gig, which is raising funds for the NSW Endangered Species Roadshow. The Endangered Species Roadshow will travel around the state from January to March raising awareness and sympathy for endangered species in the lead up to the NSW state election in March next year.

Dressed in life-size costumes of a Koala, Masked Owl, Yellow-bellied Glider and Tiger Quoll made by Dale Woodward and Wollongbar TAFE students, volunteers from the Rainforest Information Centre will travel with the roadshow collecting signatures for a petition to present to the NSW parliament. The petition calls for a mandate to protect habitat on public lands and hinder land clearing on private land to prevent the extinction of more endangered species.

The animals will visit schools, shopping centres, festivals and other venues, as well as star in a video On the Brink about their plight. This video (narrated by David Suzuki and featuring the voice of Jack Thompson as the Tiger Quoll and Olivia Newton-John as Koala) will premiere at the Woodford Folk Festival in December.

This huge project needs funds to come to fruition, and this Saturday's gig is a great chance for locals to not only have a good time, but also show their support for the endangered species of NSW. The gig will feature performances by local funk band Red Eyed Frogs, traditional Widjabil songman Tony Gordon, heavy funk band Enrgy, acoustic female band Skyjuice, and other mystery guests. The life-sized animals will also be there, and food will be available. Tickets to the gig are $10/8 at the door. The fun kicks off at 8pm.

Once in a Blue Moon
The Nimbin School of Arts will present its final major fundraiser for the year - the Blue Moon Ball - this Saturday, November 9 at the Nimbin Hall.

The night will feature performances by two dance bands, Candela Latina and Radio Jupiter, together with Sydney comedian Peter Willey, grand pianists, salsa dancers and special guests.

The gala licensed dinner dance has become a feature of Nimbin's cultural and social calendar for the last 10 years.

Tickets are $20/15 and bookings are essential as seating is limited. Tickets are available at Perceptio's Bookshop in Nimbin or book on 6689 1766.

2002 Dolphin Awards: Finest in Local Music Rewarded
Mereki and Gemma Matthews took out the Indigenous award.

Musicians are sometimes accused of getting down and dirty, but Cate McQuillen was the dirtiest of the lot at the annual North Coast Entertainment Industry Association (NCEIA) Dolphin Awards, held at the Great Northern in Byron Bay last week.

Cate's album Dirt Girl picked up the Dolphin Award for Best Album, beating highly favoured Club Byron Green Shed Session Volume 1, produced by millionaire producer Tom Misner.

The other surprise was that Dirt Girl, an album of children's songs about growing up on a farm, missed out on winning the Childrens category.

Young hip hoppers with attitude Styalz and Esskay picked up two Dolphin awards for Funk/Hip Hop and Youth.

Other winners were:

Song of the year: Carola Christian, All about this; New recording talent: Billy, Planting Seeds; Female vocal: Ava, Some Day; Male vocal: Brian Martin, Hey Yumma; Venue of the year: The Backroom, Great Northern; Koori Achievement Award: Bhakta Heurkens; Contribution to the Industry: Jeremy White; Production/Engineering: The Universal Egg, Nameless in Beauty; Youth: Styalz and Esskay, Elevate; Country: Samantha McClymont, You've Got Her; Rock: Omni, Sick; Funk/Hip Hop: Stylaz and Esskay, Elevate; Adult Contemporary: Ava, Some Day; Reggae: Radio Jupiter, Economy Crawls; Indigenous: Mereki, Dolly; Music for Children: Simon, Shirley and Jessica, I've got legs; Blues: Steve McLeod, Loved me like nobody else; Jazz: Zia Moreau, C Gibbons and B Rosen, Phased Out; Pop: Ava, Some Day; Gospel Music: Voices of Gaia, Weave your web; Folk: Japetus, Angel; World: Bhakta, India All Over; Techno/ Dance: Sam Crawford, Goodbye remix; Ambient/New Age: Mark Walden, Mr Ducel; Experimental/ Avante Garde: Greg Burke, Bubbles; Environmental: Greg Champion, Listenin' to the Earthbeat; Instrumental: Bruce McNicol, Pink Nigun; Video Production: Andrew D Lyons, Heisenberg; Promotional Artwork: Nyree MacKenzie, Starlight; Poetry/Spoken Word: Max Ryan and Cleis Pearce, A White Cow; Comedy: Enrgy, Tits 'n' Arse.