Free Con concert on Sunday

The fifth in a year-long series of free ‘cushion CONcerts’ will be held at the Con this Sunday featuring virtuoso guitarist Daniel Pinkerton (pictured), the Laura Nobel Quartet and the Hannah Shomali duo.

Daniel topped the state in the HSC Music Performance subject last year and his nimble fingers are able to genre hop from classical to “shred rock”.

Laura Nobel will be performing tracks from her album entitled Let Me In with her band members Matt Hill, Russell Adams and Ray Arnott. Laura has recently been singing jazz and Latin standards with the Big Band at the End of the Universe, the Conservatorium’s acclaimed big band ensemble. The concert on Sunday will show her versatility as both a writer and performer when she plays her original material.

The Hannah Shomali duo combines the vocal and songwriting talents of Hannah Shomali with the guitar and composition skills of Liam Sharpe. Performing exciting acoustic arrangements of originals written by Hannah, which are currently being recorded for a full-length album, the duo offers a fresh take on pop, folk, acoustic rock, and occasionally, the Beatles.

“The highly popular ‘cushion CONcerts’ at present taking place on the first Sunday in every month, will change over to Saturdays in August,” Lismore City Centre manager Stephen Nelson said. “These free performances are presented by the Lismore Promotion Program, in partnership with the Northern Rivers Conservatorium Arts Centre and The Northern Rivers Echo. The CONcerts are aimed at encouraging people to come back to the City Centre in the weekends, and we want to take advantage of the sizeable numbers of shoppers already in the CBD on Saturday mornings and give them a reason to stay there longer.

“The ultimate goal is to have a wide variety of shops – beyond cafes and restaurants – staying open as a direct result of increased numbers of people in the city centre. More activities are planned for Saturdays, and recent ‘trial’ events in a small, safe section of Carrington Street, which can be closed to cars without impeding traffic flow, have shown that there is a great demand for weekend activities of every kind.”

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