Scene Briefs

Two master guitarists join forces for a night of fast-fretted music at the Jazz-Bah in the Ballina Hotel this Saturday, January 23. Jim Kelly and Kirk Lorange will perform some of their favourite tunes adapted to the slide and electric guitar. For those of you who haven’t experienced this duo, you’re in for a real treat from 6pm.

Slim Pickens has developed his own kind of finger-pickin’, foot-stompin’, squeeze-boxin’ kind of delta/country/blues/roots sound over the last six years. He has played at some of the country’s biggest festivals, toured Europe in 2004 and 2005, and released his first album Cactus. His second album Next Time was launched recently. You can catch Slim and drummer Neil McCann when he plays the Richmond Hotel this Friday, January 22, from 9pm.

Somersault will bring its sweet vocals and distinctive sound to the Eltham Inn on Australia Day (next Tuesday, January 26) from 2-5pm. There’ll be plenty of fancy singing and fine picking. There’s even a thong throwing contest. Well, it is Australia Day after all and we must celebrate our culture (such as it is). Somersault will also perform at Tommys in Lismore this Friday, January 22, from 9pm.

The Wild Beasts’ story began in 2002 in the UK when Hayden Thorpe and Ben Little formed the duo Fauve, the French term for wild beast, and began writing original songs. In January 2004, the band acquired the drumming skills of Chris Talbot, and changed the band’s name to Wild Beasts. Then, in September 2005 Tom Fleming joined as bassist. Their album Two Dancers was a big hit last year. The Sunday Times newspaper (UK) described it as “one of 2009’s indisputable masterpieces”. Wild Beasts (and Dappled Cities) will play the Great Northern Hotel in Byron next Thursday, January 28. Entry is $30/25. Doors open 8.30pm.


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