Scene Briefs - Dec 3

Irish songwriter and North Coast resident Mick McHugh returns to Ballina to play The Slipway Hotel this Saturday, December 5, from 7pm. Mick recently picked up an Honour Award in this year’s 100% Music Songwriting contest.

Vanessa Lea & Road Train

will play songs from their album Walking own a Gravel Road plus hit songs that will get the place jumping when the band plays the Richmond Hotel in Lismore this Friday night, December 4, from 9pm. Vanessa & Road Train has that satisfying ability to move effortlessly from genre to genre, their musical skills with a variety of instruments making each style distinctively theirs.

Soulful vocalist Laura Nobel will be dishing up a night of jazz-blues accompanied by her favourite ivory-tinkling mate, Matt Hill, when the dynamic duo plays the Bang Thai in Bangalow this Friday, December 4, from 7pm. Cool tunes for sure.

Leigh Carriage and Steve Russell found out that the mighty Melbourne pianist Sam Keevers (pictured) is going to the North Coast so they hooked him in to play with them at the Jazz-Bah in the Ballina Hotel this Saturday, December 5. Leigh has a passionate voice and a huge repertoire. Tie that in with Steve on electric bass, Sam on piano and you got yourself music heaven on a stick from 6pm.

Sujitoko is a hot band of young players. They’ll present an afternoon of jazz-blues at the Lennox Point Hotel this Sunday, December 6, from 4pm. Sujitoko means a little bit of this and a little bit of that (so I’m told) and that’s exactly what these lads (and gal) do – serve up their own style of NuJazzFusion. (There’s a new word for ya…)


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