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11 FEBRUARY 2012 : LEAVING THE SHIRE FOR A DAY

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Going North to Ulmarra today.  Here’s the Google Maps Directions.  113 Kms.  1 hour 32 minutes.  Izzy is bringing together disparate elements of the last 5 years and playing with KEL MACINTOSH from out near Muwillumbah. That’s Kel on the Sax. Scrubby is to the left but he’s not coming to Ulmarra today.

1. Head south on Valery Rd towards Old Pacific Hwy  1.1 km

2. Take the 1st left on to Old Pacific Hwy 2.4 km

3. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit 150 m

4. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto the Pacific Hwy/National Route 1 ramp 350 m

5. Turn left onto Pacific Hwy/National Route 1 Go through 1 roundabout 29.7 km

6. Slight left to stay on Pacific Hwy/National Route 1 (signs for Grafton)  Go through 1 roundabout 66.0 km

7. Turn right onto Centenary Drive 4.3 km

8. Turn right onto Pacific Hwy/National Route 1 (signs for Ballina) 9.0 km Ulmarra NSW

 

Means I won’t be writing much. Its going to be an interesting gig. Kel is in his 80s – a classic Jazz performer. He’s bringing along PHIL EIZENBERG from STOKERS SIDING. All we know at this time , is that Bob, on the trumpet, is coming along and a double bass player.  We lived in Ulmarra in 2009. Loved it. So here we go on a 2 hour drive to visit old friends, eat good food, listen to music and check the Bookshop.

GLIMPSES OF ULMARRA.

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RUNNING A BIT LATE

Izzy is up North with the DROUGHTBREAKERS for the weekend.  They played the HARWOOD HOTEL last night and tonight they’re in SOUTH GRAFTON at the Bowlo.

Izzy has been asked to teach LIFE SKILLS TO BLOKES. That concept defies imagining but he’s enjoying it and there are already some Skilled Blokes abut the Town.

He bumped into old Zarsoff soundman, PETE DELICIO, up at Bello for the jazz festival. Turns out he lives a km or so from Izzy’s new base. Its turning into quite a gathering with a lot of old stories being told.

The next big gig is down at Nambucca with DROUGHTBREAKERS. It was to be next week but the MP cancelled out due to the election stress. This one will be on in the next month or so to open the National Park down near Bellwood.

The Spring Street Celebrations for the new SKINNER STREET upgrade in South Grafton might sneak in before it now. More details later.

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Izzy on the Clarence.

THIS THURSDAY APRIL 29 SOUTH GRAFTON EMPORIUM.

 

PHOTOS FROM WEEKEND OF 23-24 APRIL 2010

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JOHNNY PEPPERCORN AT TUCABIA’S SQUATTER’S REST ACCOMPANYING.

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JOHNNY PEPPERCORN AND ANDREW HEGEDUS WITH ROLAND FROM YAMBA.

IMAGES OF FLAME TREE MUSIC FESTIVAL 24 APRIL 2010 GRAFTON JOCKEY CLUB

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THE ACETONES WITH ALEX KING ON VOCALS.

BIG WEEKEND COMING UP.

THURSDAY APRIL 22 – SOUTH GRAFTON EMPORIUM MUSIC NIGHT. 31 Skinner Street South Grafton.

FRIDAY NIGHT APRIL 23 – TUCABIA MUSIC NIGHT. Squatter’s Rest.

FLAME TREE MUSIC FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND. IZZY IS MC in THIS 10 HOUR DO at the GRAFTON SHOWGROUND.

FLAME TREE FESTIVAL 2010

http://www.dailyexaminer.com.au/story/2010/03/30/nine-local-acts-to-take-the-stage/

LAST WEEK JULY 09

THURSDAY NIGHT. JULY 30.

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MUSIC CAFE AT THE SOUTH GRAFTON EMPORIUM 31 SKINNER STREET.

This week sees the 4th MUSIC CAFE of 2009. Hosts ANNIE DODD and PETER FREEMAN open the doors for this unique and eclectic potpourri of local and visiting musicians.  NOT A NIGHT TO MISS !

6.30 pm start.

Musos – Names on Blackboard if you want a Spot on the Night.

FINE FOOD. GRAND COMPANY. MUSIC TOO MOTLEY TO MISS.

$3 entry with funds going to Local Charities.

THE TRAVELLING GRANNIES.

This month sees long time supporters of the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter, THE TRAVELLING GRANNIES, commencing fund raising activities . I don’t know the TRAVELLING GRANNIES but I spotted the article in the DAILY EXAMINER  and they sound worthy of support. They are due to set out on a horse riding excursion from KARANGI to COUTTS CROSSING on 28 AUGUST ‘09. Music Cafe this week with Izzy as M.C. starts off the money raising. What a Great Combo – a terrific service in the WESPTAC RESCUE HELICOPTER and  a unique way to raise funds.

PASTA. PASTA. PASTA. Peter has Pasta on the menu this month. One thing suits Iz and the Chick very well and that’s the Emporium’s vegetarian options. They are DELICIOUS, NEVER DULL and ENORMOUS. For the carnivores, the same credo applies. DELICIOUS. NEVER DULL. ENORMOUS. Forgot to mention – WELL WITHIN THE BUDGET.

BYO BEVERAGES.

BOOKINGS: CALL ANNIE OR PETER 6643 3524

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IMAGES OF MUSIC AFE JUNE 09 : FEATURING ALEX KING, IZZY FOREAL, JOHN SPENCER, GEOFF WELLHAM AND MORE.

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FRIDAY 31 JULY 09: MURWILLUMBAH JAZZ CLUB AT GREENHILLS WITH KEL AND SCRUBBY IN THE JAZZ CANARIES.

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IZZY BEGINS SOME SERIOUS NORTH COAST TOURING

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At age 60, Izzy is on the Road. This weekend he played LUFFLEY at Murbah, stayed with his mate, Scrubby, out in the hills and rehearsed with LILY WHITE from BEECHMONT. Then the HILLBILLY BLUES BANDITS headed into LENNOX HEAD to play at the Pub. 9pm.- midnight. Izzy hopped on his trike and headed home to the Clarence down the Pacific Highway.

He stopped in for some nourishment at WOODBURN, the allnight cafe town, and met up with the security crew from LENNOX POINT, then found himself in the Winter Mists along the River Flats. Ah! The life of the Wandering Minstrel ! 3.am. homecoming and then the first knock at the door of FOREALTY TOWERS.  A Sunday Morning Visit from the DOCS DISASTER RECOVERY TEAM.

Well, said Iz , Bertha the Fridge was lost in the muddy waters. A few forms filled in and photos taken by the extremely delightful Disaster Recovery Girls and Izzy just might be refrigerating his food once more. 

COMING UP

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FLOODS ALLOWING THIS IS THE SKELETON FOR UPCOMING IZZY GIGS. DUE TO RELOCATION KEEP YOUR EYES HERE FOR NEW VENUES. INC COFFS AND BELLINGEN AND ULMARRA.

  • Izzy is in rehearsal out on the ARMIDALE ROAD this week with CHRIS CONDON on drums and Darryl on electric guitar.
  • LUFFLEY CAFE MURWILLUMBAH FRIDAY NIGHTS
  • LENNOX HOTEL JUNE 13 HILLBILLY BLUES BANDITZ
  • BRUNSWICK PUB JUNE 28 WITH BANDITZ
  • ILNAM ESTATE WINERY CAROOL JULY 26
  • JAZZ CLUB MURWILLUMBAH KEL AND THE CANARIES
  • LENNOX HOTEL WITH BANDITZ AUGUST 22

FOR MORE ON THE MUSIC CAFE

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IZZY WITH THE KING BROTHERS IZZY AND ROBBIE FROM COFFS.

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