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Glenn Cardier – All Guns Blazing

Story by Jane Hearn :: Photos John Snelson

All guns blazing …. that’s how Glenn Cardier & The Sideshow went out in their performance on Friday night !

Dave Keogh - Altruistic Ive Music Tragic ImpresarioDave Keogh delivered another great night of music and entertainment at the Eastern Lounge, his monthly Friday night blues club, this weekend.

This is a project that just seems to work – it has all the right elements

  • a club atmosphere in a surprisingly intimate venue;
  • a dedicated host who presents a thoughtful choice of musical guests; and
  • real music lovers who appreciate the musicians and their host.

There is plenty of good will here and Glenn Cardier & The Sideshow was a great choice to headline the celebration of the Eastern Lounge’s 50th show.

It was a full house for one of Australia’s best lyricists who has evolved a unique musical sound and compelling story telling style.

Glenn Cardier has written over 300 songs, worked at London’s Marquee and Ronnie Scott’s Club, the Glasgow Apollo and Liverpool Empire, through to Sunbury and the Sydney Opera House. He’s played every major Blues ‘n’ Roots Festival in Australia and performed at concerts with Frank Zappa, Spike Milligan and Manfred Mann.

Glenn Cardier & The Sideshow

Glenn Cardier & The Sideshow

The “sound” is a kind of fusion of blues rock, spaghetti Western and the dance macabre shot through with the highly creative imagination of a street poet. Cardier is in the vein of Lou Reed, Oscar Wild, Nick Cave, and Tom Waits. You get the picture?

His songs are full of pathos, love, violence, and humour – tackling the harder issues, his expression of the profound and cruel ironies of life is masterful. There is a lot of music out there to enjoy but Cardier connects you to a deeper reality. That is true art – a sliver of gritty, undeniable realism delivered inside a riff that goes straight to the heart.

Glenn CardierAJS_1642 The haunting sound of Rex Goh’s Gretsch you can hear on “Signs and Wonders” is classic Goh.  This is an iconic Cardier song – people respond to this kind of honesty, to artists who name the un-namable as Cardier does here – a song about “the old punch & judy show” conjures the circus of ‘love’ corrupted by domestic violence.  It sounds heavy but as the song progresses the tension builds with that relentless riff to a climax that clears away any doubt.

The band is made up of five excellent musicians.

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First and foremost (above left) is Rex Goh a modest and incredibly impressive lead guitarist. Mick Malouf – pick a bass, any bass, upright double or electric (above right), and Phil Grove on accordian and keyboards with Davo Fester on the percussion and drums. All skillful and talented professionals.

Rex provides the earthy signature riff on many of the songs on his Gretsch guitars. Later in the evening Rex picked up a Fender Strat to get the Hendrix sound. Great stuff.

Glenn Cardier pictured with Davo Fester on those driving drums and Rex Goh, on that weeping guitar

Glenn Cardier pictured with Davo Fester on those driving drums and Rex Goh, on that weeping guitar

Rex Goh without apparent effort, complements his leader’s talents and unassumingly and persistently pulls the crowd in toward the band.

The excitement is palpable with lots of spontaneous ovations for the paced solos that showcase the entire band.

Special guest Christian Marsh accompanied Cardier on several numbers.
Glenn CardierAJS_1646He was fascinating to watch and certainly not your average foot stomping blues player. He brought a surprising mix of Australian, US and European influences to his sensitive harmonica playing. At times he was just plain mournful. I was so curious I bought Marsh’s own CD The Lilting and true enough as the title suggests it’s been the melodic background soundtrack for the weekend.  Love his version of “Hallelujah“.

The Roseville Memorial Club is host to these events at The Eastern Lounge … and this time, the sound was brilliant.

Glenn Cardier receiving a standing ovation = and rightly so

Glenn Cardier receiving a standing ovation = and rightly so

As Dave Keogh said in his roundup at the end of the evening … “If Glenn Cardier & The Sideshow is not the best band in Australia, I don’t know what is“.  Agreed.

Glenn Cardier to Play The Eastern Lounge

The Legend Returns

Glenn Cardier and the Sideshow plus dinner at The Eastern Lounge – best night out this side of the North Sydney Coal Loader.

Read what we thought of the performance last time he was in these parts : Glenn Cardier at The Eastern Lounge (by John Snelson Editor, Get Shot Magazine).

Glenn Cardier is a legend – he is uncompromising, he writes great lyrics and surrounds himself with top class musicians.

“There’s no-one else on the Australian music scene quite like Glenn Cardier. From the finely chiselled storylines and the razor sharp observations to the off- kilter delivery of his cryptic vignettes, he is a genuine one-off… a maverick… and you wouldn’t want it any other way.” – Trevor Leeden, Rhythms Magazine

Glenn Cardier at the last Eastern Lounge performance :: Photo – John Snelson

Glenn Cardier has enchanted audiences from London’s Marquee and Ronnie Scott’s Club, the Glasgow Apollo and Liverpool Empire, through to Sunbury and the Sydney Opera House. He’s played every major Blues ‘n’ Roots Festival in Australia and concerts with Frank Zappa, Spike Milligan and Manfred Mann… yet he loves playing Eastern Lounge. This is Glenn’s 3rd appearance at our humble venue and we’re thrilled to have him back!

Jamie Lindsay is supporting Glenn Cardier tonight – Jamie began playing guitar at the age of 9 and has been using it to write and express himself ever since.

Songwriting is his forte but in over 20 years as a professional musician, he has also developed into a skilled guitarist, vocalist and entertainer. Jamie’s played at all of Sydney’s major venues, performing his own wonderful originals as well as many classic hits you’ll know and love.

He’s supported many great artists from Richard Clapton and Ian Moss to Jack Jones, Diesel and Jeff Martin (The Tea Party). He was signed to the INXS-owned label ‘A&R Publishing’ in 2002 and worked with guitarist Tim Farriss… and he’s also recorded with the legendary songwriter/producer Harry Vanda.

Jamie’s passion for music continues to drive his creativity and his thirst for professional development. He’s someone we’ve been trying to get to Eastern Lounge for a long time… this is going to be a GREAT SHOW! MORE…

Bigsound Live 2015

Review by Noddy (Producer – HomeBrew Radio)

Bigsound is an annual music event held in Brisbane across 2 days each September. By day, it’s a music industry conference, by night it morphs into Bigsound Live, with the inner city suburb of Fortitude Valley opening up 18 of its venues to showcase around 150 acts over 2 nights. An impossible feat for anyone to see everything, but this here writer sure gave it a good shake!

Night 1 of Bigsound  Live kicked off with Adelaide rockers Grenadiers who put in a powerful performance in front of an appreciative and yet surprisingly sized crowd for so early in the evening.

uOlympiaMelbourne’s Olympia by contrast shone with her pop stylings.

She dazzled the crowd not only with her shimmering red shiny dress, but her catchy tunes including breakthrough single “This is why we can’t have nice things”.

The rock returned with more of a punk edge as Super Best Friends reminded punters of their veteran like status, compared with many of their lesser experienced acts that shared the Bigsound bill.

Next up was one of the more exciting acts to come out of Perth in the past 12 months Methyl Ethel.

With their somewhat darker take on the pop genre, an impressive showcase set included the unique vocals of frontman and founding member Jake Webb and the effective use of percussion with the band’s drummer doubling as the backdrop to much of the melody lines that permeate the songs, through use of what appeared to be an electronic touchpad of sorts.

Undoubtedly the highlight of night 1 was Harts, the one man amazing music machine (well he is supported by a drummer) of Darren Hart.


It’s no surprise that this guy is compared to both Prince and Jimi Hendrix, given he has the moves and presence of the former, with the guitar prowess of the latter.

Prince even contacted him after seeing his stuff online and was so impressed he invited him over to the US to visit his renowned Paisley Park Studios! Harts is an artist who will certainly go places and the capacity crowd at Fortitude Valley’s The Foundry was a testament to that.

Final showcase gig of the evening was from Holy Holy, the duo of Brisbane’s Tim Carroll and Melbourne’s Oscar Dawson who have recently impressed the writer with their debut album “When the storms would come”. The band were as tight live as they are on record, but with a little more grunt to their anthemic pop/rock tunes which hark back to the days of well crafted lyrics and impressive guitar lead breaks. The 30 minute showcase set format simply wasn’t enough to experience what is the majesty of this band, certainly one to watch!

Night 2 of Bigsound Live was equally as exciting as the previous evening and got off to a cracking start with local Brisbane act Morning Harvey, fronted by Spencer White who embraces everything that is dynamic showman and powering through a set of tunes that certainly harked back to the heady days of the 80’s.

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The sisters Findlay, better known as Stonefield were up next.

It has been a few years since this writer had last seen them play.

So there was some initial realisation on how much the younger siblings had grown and the music with them.

Their signature psychedelic rock stylings is still their calling card.

Yet now, there is certainly more punch in of the newer material, as well as some renewed life in their back catalogue.

Melbourne’s Mojo Juju changed the pace and showed the eclectic nature of the performers at Bigsound with her melting pot of blues, funk and soul. With an impressive backing band which included a Brisbane based saxophonist, Mojo made it pretty clear she was in the mood to spice things up and that she did!

One of the much hyped acts Tiny Little Houses failed to deliver on same for mine in the live setting. Admittedly frontman Caleb Karvountzis does have a distinctive voice, but with the lack of any real stage presence, this saw their set a tad disappointing at times when compared with the tracks on offer on their latest EP “You tore out my heart”.

Arriving on stage at seminal venue The Zoo as an 8 piece, Brisbane party band The John Steel Singers quickly expanded to 12 members as additional guests joined them across their showcase set. The music was infectious, catchy and up-vibe, how could you not have a great time watching these guys!

uwinterbourneThe night came to a close with Central Coast duo Winterbourne who with a full band behind them added a new dynamic to the folk tinged pop sounds that appeared on their 2014 EP. The harmonies were still there, but some new songs showed there is now more depth to this act which are set to release their 2nd EP later in 2015.

You’ve got to hand it to Brisbane for putting on a well planned and organised event like this and to be honest, no other capital city in Australia could pull it off!

Where else can you find 18 venues all within walking distance of each other as exists in Fortitude Valley.

Bring on Bigsound 2016 I say!

Foals :- “What Went Down”

Review by Rufus Onfire

The musician’s quandary.

For Oxford indie band Foals, what map to navigate after the success that was 2013’s “Holy Fire” album ?

Same again?  Head back to early influences? Take it to the next level and look for a crossover element?

For main man Yannis Philippakis and co. it would be the latter as they decamped to La Fabrique studios in Paris and enlisted the services of James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Klaxons, Peaches) on production to see where this new direction would take them.

The early mail was to expect a heavier sounding album, something Ford given his CV would bring to the table. First taste offered up (the title track) confirmed this and had you thinking Holy Fire Pt.2 was not on the agenda.

And while the guitars have been turned up a notch, it isn’t decibel overload here sound wise as the band blend out and out rock with rhythms and riffs that still provide a nod to their previous work but add enough touches to demonstrate the move away in the process.

2nd single “Mountain At My Gates” with its thumping bass drum leading into a punchy soundscape building towards a thunderous end showcases this perfectly and has long term resident live show wise already in its DNA.

“Birch Tree” and “Give It All” will be the go to tracks for early fans of the band’s work, savoured and then taken up a notch as the “new Ford Formula” makes it mark, the band in synch with what this brings to the table as well.

Album high mark and track that has future anthem all over it “Albatross” belies its title and lyrical content here and should be to this album what My Number was to its predecessor, building superbly to a cracking climax of song.

“Snake Oil” has a nod to the likes of New Order while “London Thunders” leaves the pace behind, slowing things down where percussive persuasion seals the deal.

“Lonely Hunter” is the sweet slice of indie pop that still sits nicely on the musical plate offered here for our ears while closer “A Knife In The Ocean” looks to take a dollop from each track and while doing its job having already gorged on 9 tasty morsels prior to it a small snippet is all you want.

Following up a solid release like Holy Fire was never going to be easy. But by rolling the dice and changing tack Foals have delivered another fine album, one which should see them now at ease in their main game surrounds and on top of their game.

Quandary, what quandary!

Rating 4.5/5

Caloundra Music Festival 2015

Caloundra Music Festival 2015

Caloundra Music Festival smThe Caloundra Music Festival has been called an “intimate affair.

It’s held right on the beach with a fantastic lineup of music.

Festival director Richie Eyles asks, ”why wouldn’t you come?”.

We thought it such a good question, a cracker of a lineup and such a great opportunity that Get Shot Magazine will be there ourselves with full coverage, performance reviews and photographs of all the action.

With it’s eclectic mix of music, there is something for all tastes.

Look at this fantastic lineup :-

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In its 9th year, the Caloundra Music Festival is a not-for-profit festival set up to showcase the Sunshine coast and more particularly the Kings Beach area of Caloundra where the actual music festival is held.

The build up to the festival starts with the Fringe Festival the week before with arts, culture, comedy, cinema, music & culinary delights.

See you at Caloundra Music Festival from the 2nd to 5th October.

JHD Revival Band & The Arc Riders @ The Eastern Lounge

Story and Photos by John Snelson & Jane Hearn

There is only one decent music venue on the North Shore of Sydney, that is The Eastern Lounge in Roseville.  It’s a pretty sad indictment of the live music scene in Sydney.

However, here, David Keogh bravely puts on one helluva top quality show a month. On Saturday, he brought The JHD Revival Band north of the Harbour for the first time plus The Arc Riders.  That in itself is quite an achievement.

More photos of The Arc Riders and JHD Revival Band can be seen here by clicking on the thumbnails in the Get Shot Magazine Galleries.

As forementioned, supporting JHD, we had the added privilege of seeing Tony Cini’s new outfit The Arc Riders. The new band is modeled in the new style like The Dead Daisies on a collective of top class musos. 

On this Saturday, Tony brought together Al Britton on bass, Bruce Stephens on drums and Phil Knight on guitar.  By any measure, we had a great lineup on Saturday – jamming in also was the impressive Juan Pablo Ordonez.

Tony Cini’s new blues outfit – The Arc Riders

What did we think about the new Arc Riders ?

On Saturday night, the Arc Riders’ brought a new vision to the North Shore, bringin’ back the blues !

A new Arc Riders album recorded at Ryan Van Gennip’s new studio up in the mountains is in production and will be available soon.

Tony tells me that this will feature new material.

The version of “Hey Joe” on Saturday night was one of the best I have ever heard.

Full marks to Phil Knight (accompanied by Juan Pablo Ordonez), Bruce Stephens and Al Britton for driving the band home behind Tony Cini’s forceful vocals.

Great stuff Tony – you really nailed it! We are looking forward to hearing the new repertoire and the new album too !

New South American guitarist Juan Pablo Ordonez  …. with Phil Knight

I’ve long been an admirer of Bruce Stephens, an excellent and purist drummer in style and presentation. If you watch and listen you can almost hear him think with his hands and feet. A pleasure indeed at any show where Bruce sits behind the pots and pans – and he is a real gentleman !  There you are Bruce, gotcha in one shot below.

Bruce Stephens rockin’ up a storm on the tins and skins

After the interlude, and a considerable amount of time spent by the panel guy trying to get the sound check right, we got under way with The JHD Revival Band, certainly the best music heard north of the Waverton Coal Loader since the last concert of Galapagus Duck and The Enormous Horns at The Great Northern Hotel last century.

Leading from the front is Emily Benson – a gifted bluesy singer who just gets better and better each time I hear her. She is a force of nature who really gives it everything she’s got.

The talented Em Benson fronts the JHD Revival Band

John Hardaker’s band had a few new faces (new to us, that is) for a variety of reasons.  Mike Wheatley is a great new keys man and Greg Levine has joined the One Truth Horns on tenor sax. In addition this Saturday, standing in for Ed Thomas Hughes (who is carousing around the Caribbean) on the congas/percussion it was a great performance by the unassuming Alex Hitlian.    Shannon Haritos is also overseas on tour and the impressive Jess Dunn was standing in and did a great job. Let hope we see more of her. All up, a really good lineup of talented young musicians who deliver the real thing.

Stalwarts of the JHD team – on drums holding it all together was Lozz Benson, alto sax Abi McCunn and vocalist Emily Benson – all led of course by the remarkable John Hardaker who gracefully ensures that each band member gets their moment in the limelight.

(Best wishes to baritone sax lady Shauna O’Neill who was unavailable on Saturday night.)

John Hardaker and impressive new bassist Jess Dunn

We were treated to a miscellany of great music – some written by John and perhaps assisted by others in the band – and covers including a rousing version of Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” and Janice Joplin’s “Come On Over“. 

The band also featured songs from their CDs and videos including “Revelator”, “Don’t Cut Me Out”, “Grow Your Own”, “Spoonful of the Blues” and “Do The Right Thing”.

The Eastern Lounge – an oasis of good music in the North Shore Desert

The best was kept to the last … a rousing drum solo by Lozz Benson and percussionist on the congas Alex Hitlian in which they changed places without stopping playing … pure theatre … entertainment topping off a top night !

Lozz Benson and new congas/percussionist Alex Hitlian swap seats

I cannot leave this article without paying tribute to David Keogh – the man behind The Eastern Lounge. Without David’s vision and commitment, there would be no, that is zilch, nada blues, jazz or funky music on the North Shore of Sydney.  Since the demize of Lizotte’s at Dee Why, there is a dearth of music venues – ha-ha, leaving aside the Hornsby Bloodhouse and the Bayview at  Gladesville .  So, thank you David, you are a whiz.

You can keep up with what is happening at these monthly events by visiting The Eastern Lounge website to see what is coming up.

Shows coming up before the end of the year include  Johnny G & The E Types celebrating Otis Redding in September, Glenn Cardier & The Sideshow, and in October a frequent visitor to the Sydney Blues & Roots Festival Canada’s Charlie A’Court – all look pretty exciting !

Get Shot Magazine will be there – we go to all the best shows in town !

More photos of The Arc Riders and JHD Revival Band can be seen here by clicking on the thumbnails in the Get Shot Magazine Galleries.

The Eastern Lounge

Story & Photos by John Snelson

It’s on tonight … tonight, at The Eastern Lounge, Roseville … they are bringing back the blues to the North Shore … it’s been a while … great to see The Eastern Lounge continuing to support live music … this is an oasis in the North Shore’s musical desert … congrats to all involved in supporting this event including Georgina Reed and Peter March from FM 99.3 Northside Radio … let’s have more of it …

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“Bringin’ Back the Blues”, with the talented, funky, bluesy 9-piece best blues/jazzy band this side of the Waverton Coal Loader, the fantabulous “JHD Revival Band”

… PLUS …

Tony Cini’s new outfit “The Arc Riders” :-

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Get it on tonight ..

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Coming ready or not … at last, the release of Shanghai‘s album “The Ultraviolent” is nigh.

So, it’s only taken them 5 long years, but we can finally announce the release date for the fantabulous, quirky, whoo-hoo, super-dooper brand new album ‘The Ultraviolent’ on September 8th, 2015.

Fans of Get Shot Magazine over the last 5 years will know that we are big on this band and their associates Mechanical Black and Paralysis.

Shanghai - The UltraviolentMusical director and hash slinger Luis Rojas (winner of the 2004 National MusicOz Award for Best Rock Artist with his band the Locus Scene) formed the seven piece experimental outfit last century.  Some say the band reminds them of  Frank Zappa, Naked City (John Zorn), The Residents and even Mr Bungle.

Characterised by unconventional song structures, regular musical genre changes within songs, uncommon instrumentation (including marimba, theremin and skin flute) and unconventional samples, Shanghai still manage to remain accessible and adaptable to the live music scene with regular collages of rock/metal and recognisable elements of film and television music genres: film-noir, crime, espionage, sci-fi and western.
With band members currently based in Sydney, Wollongong and Brisbane, Shanghai are now set to amuse, abuse and confuse listeners up and down Australia’s East Coast.

That’s the ever so enchanting Chantel Bann on keys and Luis Rojas on a variety of rather nice guitars and the theramin and sometimes foghorn … the lady sartorially elegant dressed somewhat a L’Orient – whereas Luis is looking as sharp as a Portuguese priest on holiday in Guatamala.

Shanghai have performed alongside a host of varied bands including Neil Hamburger (US), Vampillia (JPN), Ruins (JPN), Dead Letter Circus, The Snowdroppers, The Red Paintings, The Art and Umlaut, as well as participating in Festivals such as the Dead of Winter (QLD), This is Not Art (NEWCASTLE), Progfest, Featherfest and Menagerie.

Get yerselves into Shanghai – you can pre-order the album in digital format, CD Digipak and/or Double Vinyl now at:


Narooma 2015

The Great Southern Blues Festival 2015 is looking like a doozie.

On stage will be a great lineup including

Chase The Sun ….. well, that’s enough already ! Then there’s BlueKing Brown, Ross Wilson, The Dynamic Hepnotics, 19Twenty, Swamphouse, Lloyd Spiegel, Marshall O’Kell, the Doleys and lots more … see the poster

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See you there October 2,3,4 2015 at The Great Southern Blues Festival

Bello Winter Music

Story and Photos by Mary Mackenzie and Anthony Moulay

Winter Warmth and great music from the village of Bellingen at the inaugural Bello Winter Music Festival

ArteKanelaFlamenco3_AnthonyMoulayWithin about 5 minutes of arriving one of the friendly locals tipped us off about the new Bello Brewery Wine Bar opening, which was going to be one of the music venues over the weekend so we took the opportunity to get in early and check it out. After joining the celebration sampling some of the fine ales we got rugged up & headed out to the inaugural Bello Winter Music festival which kicked off on a somewhat chilly night. The moon was full and shone brightly on this gorgeous village throughout the nights of the whole festival.

After the traditional Welcome to Country, MC Mandy Nolan declared Mullumbimby & Bellingen “linked by felt”!  The Memorial Hall filled to share a brilliant showcase of talent from some of the festival artists. Local musicians Honey & Knives and Jack Carty started the proceedings followed by Jo Jo Smith, the wonderful FourPlay and Sketch the Rhyme – freestyle rappers accompanied by their sketch artists, like an advanced Mr Squiggle! Greg Sheehan then got everyone warmed up with some interactive body percussion and finished off his set with a sublime duet with Shenzo Gregoriou from FourPlay on violin and Greg on the Swiss percussion instrument, the Hung. Perch Creek – all grown up now, upped the anti to keep us all warm.

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A welcome discovery of the downstairs bar was definitely the place to be. Uber cool funked out in fairy lights and aromatic drishti candles in a great room under the stage. Comfy lounge chairs, good wine, great company and a very relaxed atmosphere – perfect for winter. This was going to be a great weekend if this was the sort of celebration we were going to witness over the weekend.

Friday started off with getting a bit of dirt under our fingernails with the LeaF (Learning Festival) Permaculture at the Northbank Community Gardens & then down by the river for the Primitive Fire Making workshop that had loads of interested participants from the festivalgoers and others from the community.

The musician mentorship program got it so right by perfectly matching mentors with local youth acts. Such knowledge was shared freely by the mentors. We had the privilege of sitting in on some of these sessions at the newly built Youth Centre where Jack Carty, Gabriel & Cecelia, Honey & Knives and Mid North participated in the centre’s well-equipped music studio. Watch out for these up and coming Bello young musicians – Jarryn Phegan, The Wild Wanderers, Rosie Stephen & The Brothers.


Picks from the music for Friday were Brisbane based Bullhorn who had the Golf Club pumping, jumping & heaving, Yeshe @ café #5, and the high energy action band Dubmarine at The Memorial Hall.

Bello community were very accommodating, with its restaurants & cafés bedding down their festival processes. Not all were quite prepared for the numbers and perhaps some better planning for extended hours may help to get a meal after 8:30pm. The Little Red Kitchen delivered with hospitality, great music and great pizza (lunch here both days kicking back and listening to some great music by Andrew Morris and The Starboard Cannons).

Saturday saw a sold out festival but some punters were left disappointed, as they didn’t heed the advice of getting to the popular acts well in advance of the start time. Because of this some ticket holders missed the headline act “The Milk Carton Kids” as the Memorial Hall was packed to the gunnels and safety issues meant the doors were closed.


The duo performed with flawless vocal harmonies being somewhat reminiscent of Simon and Garfunkel. With beautiful guitar work weaving in between the swells and the descents, hints of Dave Rawlings and other times sounding like a Con trained classical guitarists.

The festivals use of existing venues helped local business, Festival Club #5 Church Street was constantly full with such a great variety of acts during the course of the festival. The boys from the Wilson Pickers with their pure harmonies produced goosebumps at the Diggers Tavern in the afternoon. Karl S Williams was by far the best act with the addition of drums, some keys & that strong powerful voice made his set brilliant. His spiritual solo to finish was worthy of the standing ovation. Ash Grunwald as the headline act played loud & hard to close Saturday night to the delight of the many.

Sunday we tried to get to the Yoga but sadly the late night did us in. We were treated to the SoHum choir & Voices from the Vacant Lot at the Golf Club. Market stalls were held in the park opposite the Memorial Hall, local community radio station 2triple B caravan setup and impromptu performances by the Cassettes & the Bollywood Sisters kept the crowd entertained.


The iconic Magic Bus managed to weave its way into the hearts of Bello – to complete the sister festival connection with Mullumbimby.


An outstanding and potential logistical nightmare for organiser of the “river song” sessions Mary Cannon presented some wonderful collaborations. The traditional “Down to the River to Pray” was performed by local Cath Cooper, Sara Tindley and Tinpan Orange lead singer Emily Lubitz. Ash Bells’ (Starboard Cannons) Moon River was beautiful as was the song sung by Emma Donovan.


Wilson Pickers arrived to create havoc for the sound guys but finished the river songs with “Cold River”. And then an all in version by all collaborators of Neil Young’s “Down by the River” vocals led by The Wilson Picker’s Ben Salter doing a fine job with the supplied lyrics.


Sunday night the Flamenco extravaganza by Arte Kanela was a visual and emotive dance feast, with swirling dresses, fast stamping footwork and passionate clapping. Marlon Williams and the Yarra Benders were the other standout act.


Marlon’s voice range is dynamic and ably supported by his band. With special guest Laura Jean they performed “Dark Child” and covered the Zombies “Time of the Season”. He really is worthy of the hype, if you get a chance make sure you catch him. The festival closed with Chalk ‘n’ Cheese – which featured funked up beats by Melbourne outfit The Seven Ups, Oh Pep, Sketch the Rhyme to name a few onstage at Diggers Tavern for a jam session.

This festival will only grow so get in early for the next one, it was a huge success and the feel was so welcoming with an appeal to all ages and musical tastes. Kudos to the Bello Winter Music Team in delivering this baby after a long labour of love that we predict will only grow on to huge success.

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Venue: Bellingen, NSW – Various Venues


Glenn Cardier receiving a standing ovation = and rightly so
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