Monthly Archives: August 2014


Woodlock announce national tour

Woodlock announce national tour

Following their sold-out national tour in June, Melbourne’s favourite boys from Woodlock are packing up and hitting the road again in September and October.

17 shows, 6 states and 3 regional festivals will welcome the indie-rock threesome. The five week tour celebrates the release of their new single The Garden, which represents a shift in sound for the band. Addison Lynch from Hillydilly Music described the track as a “celestial masterpiece”, saying “Woodlock excels at transforming elemental components of a rock band into a work of art with little aid from the digital world.”

The Garden is the second single from their recently released EP Labour of Love, which debuted in the overall ARIA charts top 100 and also in the ARIA top 50 digital downloads chart. The release also sat comfortably, for over 3 weeks, in the iTunes Singer/songwriter charts.

Woodlock are being supported on THE GARDEN TOUR by Fieu (pronounced fee-yu), Brisbane’s six piece alternate pop collective headed by powerhouse songstress Emily Brewis. Think London Grammar or Portishead with ultra-sizzling lyricist.

Brothers Eze and Zech Walters and Bowen Purcell, who are Woodlock, do things differently. They built the love around their music through busking. Many of their over 17,500 facebook followers enjoyed their street shows and have supported them since. The band have no label, no investors and no radio airplay as yet.

“We are blessed, we seem to have a very loyal fan base” said Eze Walters. They are not just numbers on our facebook, they are people who enjoy our music and are willing to make the effort to come and see us. It’s something we really appreciate”.

THE GARDEN TOUR takes the band to Western Australia and Tasmania for the first time.

WEBSITE:  Woodlock Music 




*Thurs 18th Sept – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide
Fri 19th Sept – Hyde Park Hotel, Perth
Sat 20th Sept – Rottofest, Rottnest Island
*Thurs 25th Sept – Beav’s Bar, Geelong
*Fri 26th Sept – Babushka Bar, Ballarat
*Sat 27th Sept – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
*Sun 28th Sept – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne (hold)
*Fri 3rd Oct – The Cambridge Hotel Side Bar, Newcastle
*Sat 4th Oct – The Pier, Port Macquarie
Sun 5th Oct – Wildwood Festival, Port Macquarie
Wed 8th Oct – The Rails, Byron Bay
*Thurs 9th Oct – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
*Fri 10th Oct – Newtown Social Club, Sydney
*Sat 11th Oct – RAD, Wollongong
*Sun 12th Oct – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra
Fri 17th Oct – Fresh, Launceston
Sat 18th Oct – Republic Bar, Hobart
24-25 October – Swagger, Mansfield

With special guests FIEU*


Fire Pit Fathers’ Day at Byron at Byron

Fire Pit Fathers’ Day at Byron at Byron

One of the Northern Rivers’ most celebrated musicians will play for the annual Fathers’ Day lunch celebration at The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa.

Cheynne Murphy’s raw talent has won him a strong national audience. Rhythms Magazine said of his music “A big, warm, sprawling folk-rock… unpretentiously earnest”. We gained him here on the Northern Rivers in 2008, where he debuted his first solo EP at BluesFest.

After discovering three chords and the truth in his final year at university, Cheynne dropped the security blanket of his corporate marketing career and was rewarded with

a global publishing deal with Warner Chappell/Alberts. He has received multiple music industry awards and has supported the likes of The Church, Richard Clapton, Christine Anu and The Choir Boys.

Cheynne’s honesty is total. Of his new album  “A Horse Called Freedom” he said “The album draws a lot of inspiration with my own struggles managing a blended family with four kids. Even though we are not wearing painted tribal colours we are still modern day warriors. We’re grappling with technology, with money. It’s less physically demanding but more psychologically demanding. I have a lot of empathy with other fathers. It’s challenging being a parent and I’ve found that music is therapy for me. It’s been a constant companion and song-writing is a balm for my soul”.

Come get some therapy with Cheynne as well as smashing options from the fire pit and spit on Fathers’ Day at The Byron at Byron. The lunch includes a large selection of salads, vegetarian options and desserts.

Sunday 7th September, from 12:30pm. $79 includes mains, desserts and a complimentary glass of beer or wine on arrival. Children may dine from the childrens’ menu.

Bookings are essential on 66392105 or

Fathers’ Day menu

From the Spit: Roast leg of Byron Bay Pork, roasted apple sauce and pickled red cabbage.

From the Fire pit: Marinated peppercorn grass fed scotch fillet. Salmon Teriyaki with Japanese garnish.

From the Buffet: Selection of Antipasto: Local Salumi meats, Bangalow Cheeses and pickled vegetables. Steamed prawns with cocktail sauce and lemon. Slow roasted pork belly in fennel seeds, dried chilli and rosemary. Beef daube, mushrooms, bacon, shallots and bay leaf. Eggplant, bocconcini and tomato moussaka. Roast potato with thyme and garlic.

Farmers market salads: Pazanella salad, potato salad, green bean and walnut salad, quinoa salad, green beans provencal.

Desserts: Chocolate Torte, Caramel Pears and Vanilla Ice Cream.

Fresh fruit salad, ginger and finger lime syrup with meringue kisses.


Undefeated: Our National Champion Heads to World Cup

Undefeated: Our National Champion Heads to World Cup

Ballina’s Bec Washington is Australia’s number one black belt in Taekwondo, holding the national championship title for open heavy weight black belt division. And with a run of wins this year that leave her undefeated in karate, she is now heading to the World Cup in October to compete internationally in this martial art.

The World Cup will not be her fist international competition, having gained two bronze medals at the New Zealand Open in 2013.

Bec’s recent wins at the 4th round of the ISKA (International Sports Karate Association) Tournament, held at Caboolture on the Splendour weekend, can be seen on the Strike Martial Arts facebook page. “That was the last tournament before the World Cup so it was good to have those wins” said Bec.

The 24 year old puts her success down to her training at Ballina and Alstonville’s Strike Martial Arts, especially her coach and mentor Master Shane McKeahnie, a sixth dan black belt master. “I have an awesome coach” she said. “I started training when I was 19 and had never really done much sport before that. I could see so much improvement in myself – I was more confident as well as being fitter and healthier. The environment at Strike is what kept me going. It’s like a family, it’s very supportive and there are no egos”.

“Miss Bec” as she is known to the many other students at Strike Martial Arts teaches at both the Alstonville and Ballina Dojangs. Local Chef Natasha Stamm, who is known for her cake making business Treats and Teirs (which supplies cakes and desserts to some of the Northern Rivers’ favourite cafes and restaurants including Quattro and The Top Shop) has recently joined the adult Taekwondo introductory classes with Bec. She was inspired after watching her seven year old son Jonty benefit from martial arts training.

“Jonty has become so fit and strong since he started training” said Natasha. “Mentally it’s been very good for him. He’s more disciplined and he has matured. The difference is incredible. I think all school children should do martial arts, it sorts them out”.

Strike Martial Arts has produced over 40 national champions in the different divisions, as well as having two students compete at the Commonwealth Championships for Australia in 2009. Owner and coach Master Shane McKeahnie was himself a former National Champion in the Black Belt Division and was awarded a Bronze Medal at the World Taekwondo Championship in Korea in 2012.

To anybody interested in learning martial arts, including kick boxing fitness classes, Bec says “Just come down to the classes in Ballina or Alstonville and say hi. Meet the instructors and have a look at the environment”.


Tallowood releases creek frontage land

Tallowood releases creek frontage land

Byron Shire’s community with heart, Tallowood Ridge in Mullumbimby, has just released Stage 3B of the immensely popular neighbourhood and two lots have sold in the first week.

“Of course we have been thrilled with the response to Tallowood Ridge” said John Bennett, one of the collective of owners.  “Pushing forward the release of Stage 3B to meet demand has been a great thing to be able to do. It’s quite remarkable to watch this community unfolding, what continually blows us away is the ownership and commitment of the residents to Tallowood.

“They have been instrumental in setting up community gardens, working with Council and each other. One family built a fabulous treehouse in one of the reserve areas. It’s used by lots of different families and is always a hub of activity”.

There are now 11 home sites available, priced from $224,000 for a near level 450sqm site on a quiet street facing north, to $298,000 for a 560sqm site in a premium position with frontage to both creek and nature reserve. The back yards of the new home sites in Stage 3B face the morning sun and this is the very first opportunity to buy creek frontage within Tallowood Ridge. Twenty metres on either side of the creek is being rehabilitated into nature reserve.

Only 42% of the 145 acre site will be developed for housing. The majority of the site, 84 acres, is being set aside in perpetuity for environmental protection, parks and recreation areas.

Tallowood Ridge is working closely with Wetland Care, who provide restoration, rehabilitation and monitoring services for the community. Work undertaken this year includes planting five thousand native species, erosion and weed control. Tallowood Ridge has been divided into ten management zones set aside for environmental restoration and rehabilitation, which are linked to particular stages of the development.

Granny flats and pets are both welcome at Tallowood Ridge, which offers full NBN coverage to all home sites.

“The houses being built reflect a very high standard” said John Bennett. “We are very pleased to be getting feedback that the quality of housing has improved considerably”.

Left Bank Road, Mullumbimby.