Hannaford Clay is Dan Hannaford and Clay Blyth, two young troubadours from Northern NSW. Together they create some country soul with a double shot of foot-stomping, bottleneck slide and lap-steel guitar. They’ve recently played support for Joe Camilleri in Ballina and played some of their tunes at the 2010 Breaka Surf Pro International event held at Burleigh Heads. Dan and Clay are prolific songwriters and that means double the musicianship when the pair plays the Ballina RSL Club this Saturday, April 3, from 7.30pm.
The Chris Cook Band will return to The Rails in Byron this Easter Sunday, April 4. This three-piece features Chris Cook, who plays fast and furious guitar, hillbilly fiddle and bluegrass banjo. He’s supported by double bass and drums. The band plays what could be called country rock or country fusion. Dancers love it whatever you might call it. The hot picking action starts at 6.30pm.
Five-piece outift Sujitoko will serve up their funky dish of originals, which they call NuJazzFunkFusion, at the Lennox Point Hotel this Easter Sunday, April 4, from 4-7pm. It’s young, spunky and in your face.
Soulful vocalist Elizabeth Lord (pictured) will combine musical forces with two of her favourite jazz mates – Steve Russell (keyboards) and Jack Thorncraft (double bass) when the Elizabeth Lord Trio plays jazz at the Jazz-Bah in the Ballina Hotel this Saturday, April 3, from 6pm.
It’s the Bluesfest weekend so Slim Pickens and Dr Baz will play blues ’n roots with a touch of Cajun/TexMex when they present a night of foot-stomping grooves, delta pickin’ styles, dobro guitar and smooth blues vocals at the Bang Thai in Bangalow this Friday, April 2, from 7pm.
Jesse has played all over this wide, rock-lovin’ land with residencies in Darwin and Alice Springs. He plays the music we like to hear – favourites from the 70s onwards. He’ll bring his guitar and stomp box to the Australian Hotel in Ballina this Sunday, April 4, from 1-4pm.