The 2019 Mullum Music festival is over, and it was a fabulous weekend of music. For those that haven’t been, it’s spread over 8 main venues, plus a few others throughout the town of Mullumbimby. It graces the civic hall, the bowling club, one of the pubs, the school, a church and more. As you would expect, the local community is heavily involved, and this year had particular challenges giving the fires which were burning on the far north coast.
There were so many highlights, it seems miserly to showcase a few here.
On the international front, one-act I keenly anticipated was Kent Burnside. One of my first musical discoveries way back when, was his grandfather R.L. Burnside, and rest assured the wizardry has been passed onto Kent. This was real fair-dinkum Mississippi blues. The crowd went nuts for this gig which seemed to fly by in a nanosecond.
Another standout from the festival is always the collaboration which is curated by Sista Mary. This year it was the songs of Robert Plant and Jimmy Page and was performed by many of the female artists on the bill. This included Hussy Hicks, Claire Anne Taylor, Ruby Boots, and a special visit from local Emily Lubitz. It was directed by the multi-talented Georgie Chorley. It truly brought the house down, with more than one standing ovation.
Wagons entertained us all, as only Henry can do. Of course you would have a song about a cockroach.
One artist to keep an eye out for in the future is Sophie Ozard. She doesn’t have an album out yet, but she is a great talent. If you like Stella Donnelly, I’m sure you will love Sophie.
Check out the following gallery for the rest of the photos, including Alana Wilkinson, Z-Star Trinity, Rachel Baiman, Joe Pug, Dustyesky, Jack Carty, Quivers, Alisha Brilla and Kaumaakonga (Sol Is).