Category Archives: MUSICAL MATTERS

Federal Hotel Bellingen –

Located centrally in the picturesque township of Bellingen NSW is where you will find The Federal Hotel. Fully renovated in 2005 and again in 2012, the hotel has kept all  the charm of the original Federation building whilst creating it’s own stylish version of “old meets new”. Now with outdoor decks, an award winning bistro, our newly renovated beer garden, entertaining areas, and updated accommodation, The Federal is a great place to catch up with friends for a quiet drink or a superb meal in a stylish but relaxed and friendly environment.The Federal Hotel Bellingen is located just west of Coffs Harbour on the North Coast of NSW Australia.

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The Mid North | Bluegrass / Mountain Folk

.they combine the spirit of old-time roots music, the energy of the new young string-bands, and the musicianship of bluegrass. Add a touch of jug band and a bit of folk and you get a spirited sound that will have you tapping your feet or looking for a partner to dance with – the best way to describe it is “infectious!”” Mark Hudson USA The Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association 2012

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Bellingen Youth Orchestra – Bellingen Music Festival

The Bellingen Youth Orchestra (BYO) was formed after a visit from Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra in 2007 and has continued its relationship with the ACO since then. The BYO is a unique group, whose significant achievements can be attributed to the work of Bellingen’s outstanding music teachers, whose enthusiasm continue to make this highly popular orchestra possible.

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Bellingen Youth Orchestra – Bellingen Music Festival

The Bellingen Youth Orchestra (BYO) was formed after a visit from Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra in 2007 and has continued its relationship with the ACO since then. The BYO is a unique group, whose significant achievements can be attributed to the work of Bellingen’s outstanding music teachers, whose enthusiasm continue to make this highly popular orchestra possible.The Bellingen Youth Orchestra’s varied repertoire includes standard orchestral pieces and popular film music scores. Some of the highlights have been their performances of Grieg’s Piano Concerto, George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, The Warsaw Concerto with local pianist David Helfgott and last year’s world premiere performance of Wuuban Barri, a work by local composer Paul Jarman, specially commissioned by the Bellingen Music Festival as part of the Music- By-Youth project.

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Moussa Diakite & Wassado in Beliingen Tickets, Sat, Jun 17, 2017 at 6:00 PM | Eventbrite

DESCRIPTIONExperience the sweet sounds and infectious rhythms of Malian guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Moussa Diakite.Come, join us for a very special, exclusive night of music and food here in Bellingen and let Moussa take you on a musical journey whilst Purple Carrot takes it to the next level with a 3 course meal.Food options are, choose your option when selecting a ticket:ChickenBeefVegetarianTickets are limited to 50 max so get in fast to secure yourself a seat at this evening that will not disappoint!

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Album review: Marguerite Montes/All the Time in The World | wordsaboutmusic

Album review: Marguerite Montes/All the Time in The WorldPosted: March 26, 2017 in Album review: roots, Uncategorized Tags: All the Time in The World, Andalusia, Dexter Gordon, Django Reinhardt, Duende, Jaco, Joni Mitchell, leonard cohen, Marguerite Montes, Peter Urquhart, Stéphane Grappelli, Yngwie Malmsteen 0Well-meaning friends, from time to time, alert me to Youtube clips of 8 year old Japanese Yngwie Malmsteens or junior Jaco bass shredders or, best (worst) of all, 12 year old Blues screamers.While I admire the meticulous programming that is takes to get these little automatons to such a level of facility, I am general left yearning for a gnarly Dexter Gordon ballad or at least a few croaked Leonard Cohen lines. Because it is a life fully lived that ultimately makes for good – and real – music.East Coast songwriter Marguerite Montes has lived a full, rich and colourful life – much of it in exciting boho circumstances, some of it in pain and darkness. Her new album of songs with violinist Peter Urquhart is informed, bruised and kissed with the ins/ups and outs/downs of her life. The eight songs on All the Time in The World are performed in a voice that carries the years in it – but is not worn out by them, only burnished to a clear, fine-grained glow, like any well-tuned and well-loved instrument.

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That Aussie Music Festival Taking Over An Entire Town Just Dropped A Huge Lineup

Bello Winter Music will take place throughout the many delightful venues of Bellingen including the Memorial Hall, Diggers Tavern, Federal Hotel, No 5 Church St, Little Red Kitchen, Bellingen Golf Club and two church halls. The festival will spill out into the streets and cafes for a family-friendly and affordable weekend of music, celebration and community.

As well as the music, the weekend-long party will be alive with street theatre, workshops, free events and walking tours. Mullum Music Festival’s hugely popular psychedelic Magic Bus will be making a trip especially for the inaugural event to ferry festival-goers around the town, as well as transporting Mullumbimby and Byron Bay locals to Bello Winter Music in a kind of reverse Aquarius Magical Mystery Tour down the coast.

via That Aussie Music Festival Taking Over An Entire Town Just Dropped A Huge Lineup.

via That Aussie Music Festival Taking Over An Entire Town Just Dropped A Huge Lineup.

Country singer songwriter Kylie Adams-Collier

Kylie’s inspiration for most of the tracks on her country CD “Bellingen Says Goodnight” come from her hometown of Bellingen, northern N.S.W , Australia. The Bellinger River floods annually dividing the town in two and isolates many valleys.Kylie’s songs  have sparked interest in community radio and she is currently approaching Good Morning Country to reach more listeners. 2rrrfm, Triple b fm, 2serfm, Radio Northern Beaches ,Eastside fm have been playing her songs regularly.

via Country singer songwriter Kylie Adams-Collier.

via Country singer songwriter Kylie Adams-Collier.

URUNGA – THE OCEANVIEW HOTEL

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Mind you, it takes some doing to get a view of the Ocean . I think I would have to go upstairs now and take a look from the verandah up there. Its a grand verandah, wide and deep with rooms opening onto it via French Doors. I think that would give a view across the Caravan Park and River, past North Beach and out to the Ocean. Downstairs is where most of the drinking and eating go on. The hotel is still delightful and the food is good. One can buy brains there. Crumbed brains with $3 buying an extra brain. The OVH has a beer garden and , bars, an old telephone box, statuettes and eating inside and out. Dale Wrd came visiting from Sydney the other day with her Blues PLaying man, ROSS S WARD of WARD’S EXPRESS. We took our lunch out the front where we had a breeze on a hot day. Terrific pub meals and the Visitors Guide to the Bellingen Valley and Waterfall Way.

A winter getaway Bellingen Jazz Festival 2013 | Lily Pily Country House Luxury Bellingen Accommodation

A winter getaway Bellingen Jazz Festival 2013 | Lily Pily Country House Luxury Bellingen Accommodation.

 

Library and log fire

Want to plan the perfect winter getaway? Lily Pily Country House in Bellingen has three luxury air conditiioned guest suites, enjoy your complimentary bottle of bubbly on arrival on your private veranda.

Imagine snuggling up in your superbly comfortable queen or king size bed with doonas and crisp white cotton sheets. Rejuvenate in your own private double spa or relax in the library by the cosy log fire. Enjoy your home baked afternoon teas and sumptuous a la carte breakfasts.

August in Bellingen is a magical time, the town comes alive on 16th to 18th August for the 24th annual Bellingen Jazz Festival 2013.

The Bellingen Jazz Festival is run by dedicated volunteers and enjoys widespread community support and strong local business sponsorship. This year’s festival has a wonderful line-up of amazing artists and the festival weekend also coincides with the monthly Bellingen Community Markets a home to a fantastic range of handmade arts and crafts, local food and fresh produce, massage and alternative therapies with live entertainment for all the family.

Contact us to make a booking for your Bellingen accommodation.

Tickets to the Bellingen Jazz Festival can be purchased here.

CRISIS FOR BELLINGEN YOUTH ORCHESTRA

CRISIS – FOR BELLINGEN YOUTH ORCHESTRA

THE COMMUNITIES ASSISTANCE IS REQUIRED IMMEDIATELY

TO RAISE $20,000

I write this urgent plea for financial assistance on behalf of the Bellingen Youth Orchestra, the musicians & their teachers. The musicians and teachers have an extraordinary opportunity to acquire from the Department of Health two demountable (portable) buildings for re-location from Bellingen Hospital to both the Bellingen Primary School and the Bellingen High School.

We understand that this asset (portables) currently owned by the Dept. of Health will be transferred to the schools as the new owners. This transfer of ownership is not to the Dept. of Education & hence cannot be re-claimed & transferred to another school.

These portable buildings must be removed from the hospital site to allow the new Rehabilitation & Palliative Care wing to be built. If the Dept. of Health were to undertake this removal we were advised that it was going to cost $50-60,000 – money that the budget for the new wing could not afford without cutting back on some of the health services built into the wing. So in the words of Dr Trevor Cheney this initiative to transfer the portable buildings to the schools is a “Win, Win” for all parties. The community receives a better equipped health service facility in the new wing and the schools music fraternity receives two much needed buildings.

You may ask why the schools need more buildings for the music students. Following are two teacher’s perspective on the answer to this question.

ANN PHELAN (Music Teacher & Conductor/Leader of the Bellingen Youth Orchestra)

‘Music Teachers at Bellingen High and Primary Schools are often seen teaching under trees, along walkways and in store rooms. This is due to the drastic shortage of spaces and the high demand for tuition.

Bellingen has long been renowned for its outstanding music program which has brought kudos to the town, the schools, families and students involved.

The solution to this problem will be alleviated by the two portable hospital buildings that will provide the much needed teaching spaces in our schools.’

LIZ SCOTT (Violin Teacher)

‘On Friday I teach string students all day at the public school. My place to teach is in the new hall, but it is ridiculous to consume such a facility for two students and their parent at a time.

Yesterday I moved five times, which involves me, my instrument, stands, music and students. This was because the hall was in use.

There are 10 specialist music teachers that visit the school each week to teach specific instruments e.g. cello, violin, woodwind, drumming, guitar, brass and keyboard.

For a tiny town like Bellingen this is most unusual. Our School prides itself on its excellence in music education and we receive many of our enrolments with families seeking this.

How these teachers continue to teach in such frustrating conditions where there are few tiny rooms available and we are always being moved out of one and into the next, I don’t Know.

There is also the sound factor and the Principal often has saxophones honking right by his office! These students learn in the court yard under a shade umbrella.

Our need for a music practice room is extreme and I will do all in my power to help raise the funds needed and organize labour, as I can.’

With the immediate support by the Bellingen Shire Community you can make this happen. The most expensive & challenging component of this initiative is the physical dismantling and transport of the two portable buildings to the designated locations. $20,000 will make this happen. This money must be confirmed by Sunday 15th April 2012.

The musical future of many depends on your assistance. Please contact Liz Scott (6655 0505) or Ann Phelan (6655 9286) to arrange your generous gift.

Barbara Moore (Chair BHAG Inc.)