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  • Hi Guys,

    The Brackets & Jam Community have booked Kincumba Mtn for Saturday 6/7/2013 [which would have been his 55 birthday] for a Celebrative Memorial Day for Greg, we wish to give all his friends on the Coast the opportunity to pay their respects and celebrate his life.

    We will start with an 11.00am Ceremony followed by a bite to eat, please everyone bring a plate to share and whatever you want to drink, we will definately have a Drum also in Gregs' honour. 

    Hope to see everyone there....

    Regards
    Craig McMullen- President Brackets & Jam (Central Coast) Inc.

  • GregCraigIt is with a heavy heart that I have to pass on the unexpected news that a longtime member of the 'Brackets' tribe has passed away . Greg Cole died peacefully in his sleep on Saturday 1/6/13 from yet to be confirmed cause .

    He has bravely confronted serious health issues for some time and was on a difficult but positive track to recovery . We will all have fond memories of Greg and know that his path was not an easy one . He is at peace now .

    In Gregs own words ' Om shanti - love to all ' . Rest easy my friend , we will miss you .

     

    Craig McMullen

         President

     

  • Well what a great day, maybe a bit hot for some but a beautiful day. The most visitors yet, an estimated 14,500 throughout the day.The stage performances were well supported. Workshops well attended.Hope to see you all in 2012....CHECK OUT THE GALLERY  on www.cckdo.org  FOR SOME MORE GREAT IMAGES OF THE DAY...

    With Brackets being one of the favourite venues on the day....

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  • Join Alexandra and her dedicated and talented students  celebrate their 13th Annual Concert !    WOW !  These ladies have come a long way in 13 years - creativity flows with dancers from young to old, skillfully displaying many styles of Middle Eastern Dance, with an array of stunning props.

    Club Toukley  RSL Club Auditorium, Holmes Ave, Toukley at 2  - 4.30 pm, Sunday 13th November.

    Tix avail at the door or phone Alexandra on 4396 6929 or 0404 462 284

  • Its Annual General Meeting time and to have a strong community organisation we need a strong membership. If you are interested in diversity, music and performance on the Central Coast then join, Brackets and Jam Central Coast Inc.

    Brackets Annual General Meeting will take place @ The ArtsBarn – 2 Dandaloo St Kariong on Sunday 18th September 2011 at 1.40 PM

    All are welcome to attend, nominate and vote on new committee etc.

    Please feel free to download membership and committee application forms below, which can This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or posted to POB 2213 Gosford 2250 postmarked before 4th September 2011.

    Inquiries please contact John 0420 959 004 or any other existing committee member.

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  • What a great winter's day...the drum workshops were well attended and the Tipi was a hit.......

  • Best Finale yet, the positive comments have been flowing with the sound, staging, production provided by Brackets for the 3rd year running

  • What a great event CELEBRATING THE IMPORTANT ROLE THAT MEN PLAY

    IN THE LIVES OF THEIR CHILDREN AND FAMILY (dads, grandpas, uncles, brothers, step dads etc).

    Brackets supplied the Event Caravan, tipi, drumming workshops, sound equipment whilst 500 plus dads and kids had a great day

  • trashfashion2Saturday 23rd July 7-11pm
    The Eco Arts Precinct - Dandaloo St Kariong

    To mark the official opening of the Arts Barn, we've planned a great night of unique musical cabaret, crazy costumes and creativity, to celebrate our home on this BIG BLUE BALL. With an Environmental recycled or blue theme, come dress in your Trashiest Fasion or get on your Garbage Garb and take part in the Not So Fancy Dress Competition.

    Prizes will be given for the best use of recycled materials and the most creative or outrageous getup!

    The night will feature a 3 course meal plus some great entertainment including:

    Beautifully costumed musicians combine dance, circus skills and character performance with virtuoso musical talent, transporting the audience from the intimacy of a Parisian cafe, to a tango dance hall, to a Cairo night club, in a celebration of love, passion and humour.

    Nifty costume changes, a bunch of tricks and splendid props, make for a show which is lots of fun. The audience is invited to play!

    The evening will also feature images projected by local photographers and a change to check out work from some of our artists in the ArtsBarn Gallery space.

    A great night of fun entertainment and creativity to mark the opening of a unique new Eco Arts Facility for the Central Coast Community and a chance to find out about some of the exciting plans ahead!

    Limited tickets available @ $55. Or use our group reservation option to reserve a table of 4 or 8 at a discounted price -  first come first served.

    BOOK ONLINE or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information

  • Great news - plans are afoot to re-launch Brackets Newcastle sometime in the Spring!

    After running events in the past we know that nothing can come from last minute and hurried organisation! So why don't you make contact if you want to get involved - There will be plenty of regular meets for the new Newcastle Volunteer crew over the next few months too.

    If you want to be part of the crew, a casual volunteer or a performer/performance group please - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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    Creative Steps to a Sustainable Future

    Saturday 23 July  10:00 am - 4:00 pm

    The Eco Arts Community Precinct Dandaloo Street Kariong

    Find out how to create a sustainable future for you and your family and have some fun at the 2011 Footprint Festival.

    Brackets and Jam will celebrate the opening of a new HQ as part of the new ArtsBarn at this years FootPrint Festival produced in conjunction with the Kariong Eco Garden Crew.

    B&J will be hosting a stage in the proposed Arts Garden area and we'll also bring along the CoastFest Chai Tent - get along and see some great artwork by artists contributing to the Arts Barn Environmental Exhibition, and find out about plans for a unique community build outdoor art and performance space + recycled drum workshops and jams in the proposed Arts Garden. Bring your recycled plastic instrument or use one of ours, make shaker and join the band!

    Check out opportunities to exhibit, create artwork, promote and develop new skills or get involved in creating the Arts Garden.


    The Focus of the Festival is on reducing our Environmental Footprint and about what we can all do to live a more sustainable and happy lifestyle. There will be lots of FREE Talks, Demonstrations, Films, Art, Music, Entertainment , Workshops, and Market Stalls

    Organic and Natural Gardening, Herbal Medicine, Bush Tucker, Reusing and Recycling, Waste Reduction, Climate Change and Renewable Energy Solutions, Creating Affordable Sustainable Homes, plus much more useful information to help you reduce your footprint.

    Keep the little ones amused with Stories and Songs, Eco Magician, Recycled Drum Workshops, Artwork and Shaker making

    The Big Blue Ball

    On Saturday night the Arts Barn will also host THE BIG BLUE BALL, 3 course meal - the not so fancy Dress Competition ( Trash Fasion or Garbage Garb) and great entertainment including the amazing Kush Cabaret Show – pemiere Australian Festival Act – featuring fantastic gypsey music, costumes and animated performance

    THIS IS  A TICKET ONLY EVENT - all tickets are now sold out for the ball - however we may still have a couple up our sleeve so email us if you missed out! ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

    The Festival Program, information on getting to the Festival or getting involved can be found on the website…

    www.footprintfestival.org.au

    More info on the ArtsBarn visit www.artsbarn.org.au

  • thumb_feiksdeviceBrackets & Jam returns to a new look, freshly renovated hall on the beautiful relaxing foreshores of Lake Munmorah.

    As the sun heads west in its timeless pursuit of the horizon, Brackets & Jam North brings a community gathering for everyone and anyone, to watch, to learn, to laugh, to dance and sing, to play along, to interact and most of all to enjoy.

    Awesome Acts this month folks!

    6-6.30pm Drum Jam

    6.30-7.15 Feicks Device

    7.30-8.15 Sedan Delivery

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    8.45-9.05 Open Mic Spot - BE THERE TO PERFORM!

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    Bring a drum or percussion instrument of any sort along and join us in drum circle to make our own rhythms. Fantastic food, aromatic Brackets 'Chai tea', and drinks at forgotten prices, a secure and family friendly lakeside venue with a large picnic area adjoining.

    Everyones welcome tell your friends.

    $5 adults, Kids free.

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    medievil-masquerade-imageEat, Drink, Dance and Make Merry -

    Guaranteed FUN for Everyone:

    • FOUR Course meal
    • “The Highlanders” - Celtic Rock Group - LIVE
    • Belly Dancers & Best Costume Prizes
    • ( dress Goth,Pagan or Peasant Style Medieval .You have a magikal night.)
    • Face & Body Painting. Great Prizes for our Raffle.
    • Free Mulled Wine and Soft Drinks
    • Authentic Pagan Winter Solstice Ritual (Voluntary participation)

     

    When: Saturday, 4th June, from 5.30 PM

    Where: Colongra Bay Hall

    Colongra Bay Rd, Lake Munmorah.

    Cost: Great VALUE at only $60.00 per person

    For our ticket sales ring SANDI on 0425 257 810 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    All proceeds to:

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  • Andy-thewhipsnipBrackets is in need of somebody to cut the grass at our storage area - the stables @ Gosford showground. The man who used to do this job has moved on, as we all will eventually an as is so often the case we don’t really appreciate his efforts until he has gone.
    Thank you Jim.

    We now seek expressions of interest from members who are willing to do the job regularly.  This can be either a paid or voluntary position. It is only a small area and is probably about 15 minutes work  with a whipper snipper or brush cutter. The space is too small to comfortably use a lawn mower. The job also requires removal of rubbish from the site. We would like to place this job on a 12 month contract, paid monthly (or on receipt of invoices for costs if done as a volunteer) with provision to extend the job to include the Artsbarn, should that be required.
    Interested persons may inspect the site any time the showground is accessible.

    Expressions of interest should include your quoted price (labour plus costs) plus an indication of your willingness to extend the job to the Artsbarn, for a similar price, if required.

    Enquiries may be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or phone  on 0401498157.
    Expressions of interest received before 10th May, 2011 will go before the next committee meeting.
    Andy Kilkelly

  • Come and join us on Friday on Kincumber Mountain for the April edition of BRACKETS AND JAM...music, entertainment, good vibes and fantastic food overlooking beautiful Brisbane Water. We will again be featuring some more fantastic performers and another lovely selection of meals served by our hardworking kitchen volunteers. Bring a friend, a smile, a blanket or a chair to sit on and a torch to light your way and treat yourself to what has to be the cheapest and best night out on the Coast.

    Among artists featured this month are:

    SUSIE PALMER:Bringing us an accompanied selection of her poetry.

    mirrabookaMIRABOOKA:Mirrabooka is the marriage between two dynamic smaller bands and good friends "Hit N Miss" and "Out Of The Blue" and together these two smaller bands form a remarkable five-piece band of experienced musicians and their fans are absolutely delighted.

    Mirrabooka are seasoned musicians and have been involved in the music industry for over 25 years. Combine all this talent, the musicians, the original compositions, three lead vocalists, delicious vocal harmonies, amazing flute solo's, organic grooves, with a unique original sound of beautiful acoustic music made up with acoustic guitars, mandolins, ukulele s, djembe drums, and bass, then thrown in some very catchy covers, you have Mirrabooka.

    FIRST DRUM JAM: Bring your dancing feet, drum, rattle or whatever and join in our famous and frantic jam.

    jesselockeJESS LOCKE: Over the last two years or so, Jess has played both support and headline gigs at festivals and renowned venues in Sydney such as The Hopetoun and Sandringham Hotels and The Basement where she launched her EP in October.

    Jess’ growing live set brims with subtle, resilient melodies, and savvy, considered lyrics. They not only drive, but are also suggested by, the vocal melodies. Her songs are crafted like poems, little machines of intelligence, love, melancholy desire and concision. While drawing on influences from well-known artists like Leonard Cohen, Elliott Smith and Cat Power, Jess has developed her own assured and confident voice that takes these artists’ work as a point of departure rather than an ideal to be achieved. She’s very much her own artist.

    FINAL DRUM JAM: Stay late and see the evening out with the spirit of the dance and drum! Enjoy a little more space to dance to the powerful beat of the drum.

  • The festival will feature a host of international and local drumming performances. Also Gypsy markets, Youth Arts Markets, belly dances and featuring the BATTLE OF THE DRUMS kit drumming elimination competition.

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  • Saturday 26th March, 2011.

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    Local Performers from all corners of the Coast from diverse musical genres are converging in the park’s flood zone - a natural ampitheatre - donating their talent to create a musical soundscape in the rainforest to raise funds for the flood and cyclone appeal. Other entertainment includes rainforest quizs, games and a three legged challenge. Bring your gold coins to enter the challenges.

    There will be stalls, food, tea house and BBQ. Plus our bush tucker man, Jake Cassar will take you on a rainforest walk. Park entry and competition proceeds will be donated to the Queenland Premier's Flood Appeal.

    Entry fees: Family (2 adults, 2 children) $30.00. Adult $15.00, Concession $10.00, Child (7-16) $6.00.

    Volunteers: Free entry - so contact us if you want to help!

    Gates Open 11:30 am. Entertainment Starts 12 noon.

  • ebf2011Great FREE community Festival in the streets of Ettalong featuring King Tide plus a whole host of fantastic local entertainment, plus market stalls, rides and activities:

    Check out the program for times…

  • Kariong Community Action Team (KCAT) The Kariong Community Action Team is a group of local residents and representatives from government and community based agencies who are working together in partnership to address drug and alcohol issues in the Kariong area.

    As an endorsed Community Drug Action Team (CDAT)  ; the Kariong Community Action Team supports strategies which will raise awareness and aim to address the impact of ' drug and alcohol misuse for individuals, families and the community. A diverse range of activities aimed at reducing drug and alcohol related harm in the local area will be implemented by KCAT.

    When -        KCAT meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 11 am

    Where -       The Hill Youth Centre Kariong 98 Mitchell Dr Kariong

    Contact -     Michelle Tilden: 4304 7039 or michelle.tilden c(-D.gosford.nsw.gov.au

     

    KCAT is auspiced by Brackets and Jam Central Coast

  • Saturday 9"' April 2011

    The Hill Youth Centre, Brackets and Jam and KCAT are working in partnership to bring you the 3rd Kariong Sessions,

    Skate Skoot and BMX Comp.

    We are looking for young people interested in organising the event with the assistance of staff at The Hill Youth Centre. Do you have any ideas or suggestions on how the comp should be run, improvements we could make

    or just want to be involved? We are also looking for young people interested in judging events. We will be holding  meetings at The Hill Youth Centre. If you would like to be involved please call Miche!le on 4304 7039.

    This event is auspiced by Brackets & Jam Central Coast.

  • With the weather still warm and the early autumn evenings being so nice, why not join us for an evening of fun, music, dance and good food on one of the Central Coast’s most delightful spots; Kincumber Mountain? For our March 18th event, Brackets and Jam South will share with you another fun night of eclectic music, entertainment, huge drum jams, good vibes and fantastic food overlooking beautiful Brisbane Water.

    thumb_thatsthatCome and spre...ad that blanket out on the reserve and soak up the warm evening and an even warmer atmosphere. We will again be featuring some more fantastic performers from Sydney and the Coast and another lovely selection of meals served by our hardworking kitchen volunteers. So whatever the weather, bring a friend, a smile, a drum, a blanket or a chair to sit on and a torch to light your way and treat yourself to what is still one of the cheapest and best night out on the Coast.

    Among artists performing this month are:

    THAT'S THAT: A warm welcome back to the mountain for long time friends of Brackets, That’s That. Karen and Dianne are a dynamic duo performing original songs. These songs depict life and the journeys along the way. The music is diverse and unique, incorporating jazz, new age folk, tribal and blues and Karen and Dianne share their adventures with much laughter and joy. We invite you to come and let your heart sing with the messages and passion of the songs. Highlights of their performances are the melodic harmonies and the gentle acoustic sound of the guitar accompanied by percussion and drums.

    FIRST DRUM JAM: Bring your dancing feet, drum, rattle or whatever and join in our famous and frantic jam.

    sedan-deliverySEDAN DELIVERY: Not your usual three piece. Sedan Delivery is an Indy Rock band located on the Central Coast of NSW, Australia. Formed in 2002 with the same line-up since consisting of; Paul, Drums and Vocals Driff, Bass, Vocals Darryl, Guitar, Vocals Sedan Delivery has played heaps of Originals and Covers gigs between Sydney and Newcastle, so we ain’t going to list them all here. Influences include; Oz rock by the likes of; The Oil’s, Hoodoos’, Hunters, Sunnyboys and staples such as Neil Young, and Bob Dylan, etc, etc. Live performances have been likened to Nirvana and the Animals! The new 4 track EP, recorded by Simon Tonx@Suburbia Studios titled “The First and Last Hotel” is available at gigs and mail order. Sedan Delivery loves playing music together which is why we do it. Come along for a ride if you wish. And, gasp, we wrote our own Bio.

    FINAL DRUM JAM: Stay late and see the evening out with the spirit of the dance and drum! Enjoy a little more space to dance to the powerful beat of the drum.

    DON’T FORGET TO VISIT LARRY AND KIM ON THE MERCHANDISE AND INFORMATION STALL. Those guys know everything!

  • Yogaways New courses commence the week beginning Monday 31 January 2011.

    Offering special six week beginners courses in Hatha a gentle style, Ashtanga a dynamic flowing style and kundalini yoga.

    Progressive courses for those with some Yoga experience.

    We also offer Pre-Natal courses and Birth preparation workshops.

    KIds Yoga classes during the school terms, corporate sessions, yoga workshops and special musical events.

    Our studio is a dedicated Yoga space, carpeted, air-conditioned with plenty of natural light and ventilation.  Our teachers are dedicated too the trans-formative qualities of yoga and its benefits for everyone regardless of age, gender or level of fitness or experience.

    The studio is open all year, 7 days a week. Closed on public holidays, open during school holidays.

    Call Mardi on 43853259 or visit www.yogaways.com.au for more info.

  • Brackets and Jam Kincumber Mountain - Friday 20 May

    Sure it’s a bit chilly, sure it gets dark early but, do you know what? There is still a warm welcome awaiting you on Kincumber Mountain for the May edition of Brackets and Jam. Put your leg warmers and beanies on, and come up this Friday May 20th for great entertainment, good vibes and fantastic food overlooking beautiful Brisbane Water.

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    We will again be featuring some more fantastic performers and another lovely selection of meals served by our hardworking kitchen volunteers. Bring a friend, a smile, a blanket or a chair to sit on and a torch to light your way and treat yourself to what has to be the cheapest and best night out on the Coast.

    Among artists featured this month are:

    THIS AND THAT’S THAT: We welcome back some old favourites to B&J tonight. That’s That are a dynamic duo performing original songs. These songs depict life and the journeys along the way. The music is diverse and unique, incorporating jazz, new age folk, tribal and blues and Karen and Dianne share their adventures with much laughter and joy. They invite you to come and let your heart sing with the messages and passion of the songs. Highlights of their performances are the melodic harmonies and the gentle acoustic sound of the guitar accompanied by percussion and drums. .
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    DAVE STONE: Just back from a residency at the Shanhai Worlds Fair, we welcome the return of Dave Stone. Dave is a singer songwriter from the Coast (originally from west of Taree) who loves listening to, going to & watching real music, he loves to gig, play & muck around with different guitars as well as writing some songs
    www.myspace.com/stonelivemusic

    FIRST DRUM JAM: Bring your dancing feet, drum, rattle or whatever and join in our famous and frantic jam.

     

    bluesangelsTHE BLUES ANGELS: Tom Flood formed BluesAngels in 2008, reformed in 2010 to bring authentic and original acoustic blues to the NSW Central Coast and beyond. Exploring early New Orleans and Cajun blues, Appalachian through Mississippi delta, Piedmont, Memphis, Chicago, Texas, jump, British 60s, USA & Oz 70s, Newgrass, West Coast, and on into contemporary indie roots, harp ace Tom Flood's BluesAngels are a total acoustic blues package top to toe. Available as duo, trio, 4 or 5 piece band negotiable; A lifetime of music in every pair of hands.

     

    FINAL DRUM JAM: Stay late and see the evening out with the spirit of the dance and drum! Enjoy a little more space to dance to the powerful beat of the drum.

  • mascarade-butterfly_credit_Brent-WinstoneThe program for Peats Ridge 2010, from Dec 29th through to the New Year has been unleashed. Ten stages have been packed to the brim with amazing music and arts performance. See: http://www.peatsridgefestival.com.au/whats-on/timetable-

    For those of you who are looking to purchase day tickets, now is the time to scroll through the myriad of performances and make your choice of when to hit the valley.

    The lucky ones who are coming for all three days of festival fun and madness, feast your eyes on the program so packed, you will not know which way to turn next.

    Australian darlings Angus & Julia Stone will be headlining the main stage on the opening day of the festival, alongside Swedish rockers Shout Out Louds, and Washington.

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    Peats Ridge Festival organisers, have created a special deal for all Brackets and Jam subscribers - a huge 15% discount off the ticket price. If you haven't got your ticket, here's a chance to experience this fantastic festival at a Brackets reduced price.

    Peats Ridge Festival, held in the beautiful Glenworth Valley an hour north of Sydney, will return in 2010 to bring in the New Year. NSW’s largest camping festival of the season, the three day event has become a major event on the annual calendar.

    A family friendly festival, known for it’s intimate vibe, Peats Ridge features 10 stages filled to the brim with amazing music, arts performance and exhibitions, a focus on sustainable practices and education, a dedicated children’s festival, workshops, markets and much more. Last years festival saw over 10,000 patrons attend the event. With a stellar line up all ten stages were alive with energy and excitement, for all three days.

    Peats Ridge has proven to be world class in entertainment, experience and education. Recognized as one of the world’s leading sustainable events, the Festival is a winner of numerous national and international awards for environmental sustainability.

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    Featuring one man powerhouse - Claude Hay

    Here's a big treat for those who want to party! On Friday Dec 17th at KincumberMountainwe will celebrate another year of Brackets and Jam with the driving rhythms and funky grooves of Claude Hay. He wowed audiences earlier mid year at Rhythm Hut in Erina and has been touring hard nationally on the road for the last 3 months promoting the release of the new album which the lead single Get Me Some will be featured on Rage’s site next week following its debut airing on Friday 3rd.

    Claude Hay fuses slide guitar, sitar, bass and electronic percussion in a loop-driven performance that invokes the best of stomping traditional blues with a booty-shaking funk edge. His fresh take on roots and blues draws in a wide spectrum of listeners, but still has the chops for the blues enthusiasts.

    Claude Hay debuts this week on USA’s Billboard Charts coming in at #9. Based on sales, this chart reflects the massive USA interest that has been generated from his latest album Deep Fried Satisfied and follows him reaching #21 on US Blues Weekly Charts (based on airplay).

    This Special Night is FREE for Brackets members or $15@ the gate for non members•
    tickets include chai and cake.

    The Brackets kitchen will be open for business as usual serving up delicious affordable meals and drinks

  • We have now donated $2016 to Oxfam for the Pakistan Flood Appeal. Thank you to all of our Brackets supporters who attended the October event. We researched where we were putting the money and are certain that a large proportion of our donation will directly benefit the people who are still suffering severely from the after effects of such a devastating natural disaster.

  • Summer is finally coming in! Last month was a great event with lots of people taking advantage of the good weather to have a fantastic evening of fun and entertainment courtesy of Brackets and Jam. This month is going to be a cracker too! We are lucky this month to be featuring some of the most entertaining and talented women from both Sydney and the Coast and proceeds will be donated to a worthy cause for women on the coast - Allandra womens and childrens refuge at Toukley. So why not join us on the Mountain on November 19th at 7pm for another fabulous night of music, entertainment, good vibes and fantastic food overlooking beautiful Brisbane Water. As well as our fantastic performers, we will be presenting another tasty selection of meals served by our hardworking kitchen volunteers. Bring a friend, a smile, a blanket or a chair to sit on and a torch to light your way and treat yourself to a wonderful night out under the stars.

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    SARAH HUMPHREYS: Central Coast songstress Sarah Humphreys had a busy year last year. She signed with Mushroom Music Publishing, Recorded and released her third independent CD, an EP entitled 'Autumn' which was co-produced by the ARIA award winning artist Shane Nicholson. She then won the ABC Music Artist Of The Year 2009 in the ABC Newcastle Music Awards and after all this she welcomed her son into the world and became a Mother for the first time. This change in life has given a new depth and meaning to the singer who has been described by The Drum Media as 'Earthy Grounded & Honest.' Her breakthrough album 'Teapot Trees & Love Birds' produced by Michael Carpenter at Love Hz Studios in Sydney garnered her much respect in the industry, with a gorgeous blend of folk, pop and 60's inspired songs to smile, cry and sing along to. She now returns to the stage after a year spent at home with her family, with new songs and stories of her journeys through many a season.

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    THE DESERT FLAME SCHOOL OF BELLY DANCE: Always a favourite at our events, we welcome back Alexandra, Johara and Vasti from Desert Flame who will be brining us Belly Dance with a touch of Fire, Isis Wings & Tribal! They have promised to bring a little inspiration to your hips and get you in the mood for the drum jam later on! Tonight’s performance is a showcase of some of the fabulous performances that Alexandra and her students will present at their Annual Concert on Nov 21st

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    See www.alexandrabellydance.com.au for details

     

    thumb_sambuckinghamSAM BUCKINGHAM: Raised on the radio-dueling arguments of her polar opposite parents it’s no surprise Sam Buckingham’s influences and style are varied and broad, subtle and strong, bitter and sweet.

    With a father campaigning the benefits of The Beatles, Yes and The Who and who insisted on calling his first born Lindsay (named after Lindsay Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac) and a mother hell bent on educating her children on the beauty and importance of Classical, Spanish and Operatic musical exploration, Buckingham was bred into the ethos of music being an art form of many faces and a way in which to create a rich and meaningful soundtrack to your day to day life.

    So, when given a hand me down guitar for her fourteenth Christmas, Buckingham dove straight in to learning her favourite songs by the artists relevent to a budding adolescent artist of her time… The Cranberries, Aretha Franklin and Jewel to name a few.

    It wasn’t long however until Buckingham cottoned on to the benefits of using music for her own expression, telling her own stories and putting music to the poetry she’d been writing for the past few years. Within a few weeks of pursuing her newest passion, Buckingham was performing for friends and family in the living room, kitchen, backyard and bedroom, too shy to face her audience and too afraid to deliver her new creations in more than an earthy whisper.

    Shying from the spotlight for a good few years, it wasn’t until a friend drove Buckingham to her first open mic night at her local suburban pub – and pushed her onto the stage – that she got her first taste of what it could mean to be a performer outside of the four walls of home.

    Open mics, festival trips and more backyard singing ensued and it wasn’t until 2005 when Buckingham met Australian musical legend Garth Porter that she even entertained the idea of pursuing a musical career.

    Instantly drawn to the 20 year olds heartfelt lyrics and innocent, syrupy vocals, Porter offered to produce Buckingham’s debut album and what became Daydreamer. Recorded on the finest selection of vintage analogue sound gear at Porters Rancom St Studios with the cream of Australian musicians as her studio band, Daydreamer became a rich warm, debut offering filled with anthems of love, questions, fears and hope. Picked up by ABC Radio National as Album on the week, Triple J invited Buckingham to co-host on the acclaimed Home & Hosed (then with Ash Grunwald) and featured a number of tracks lifted from the album on their national playlist. Buckingham was then placed on bills alongside well regarded artists Angus & Julia Stone, iOTA and Tyrone Noonan, touring nationally, selling out Sydney’s The Basement and winning finalist status for multiple Daydreamer songs in the Australian Music Oz Awards and the International Songwriting Competition.

    In 2007, two years older, perhaps two years wiser, Buckingham decided to create a follow up to Daydreamer, an answer to all the questions she’d previously asked and a change of direction in the way she approached the writing, recording and music making progress.

    Having cut her teeth for the past two years touring and performing alongside Sydney’s best in the underground music scene, Buckingham chose to create her second independent release in a friends bedroom home studio with the help of close friends and musical contemporaries. What began as a handful of songs written on her cheap acoustic guitar between juggling jobs and living life became My Own Horse, five sugary sweet pop/folk gems, bursting with catchy hooks, inviting vocals and an a new assured promise that Buckingham had well and truly arrived and was hell bent on travelling her own personal musical journey… wherever that might lead

    The Release of My Own Horse saw Buckingham embark on another, this time larger national tour with musical counterpart Sarah Humphreys; billing at Tamworths Country Music Festival alongside artists as diverse as Shannon Noll, Paul Greene and Kasey Chambers; a prime spot at the acclaimed Blue Mountains Folk Festival where she had the privelage of meeting international troubadours Ron Sexsmith and Kate Miller-Heidke and yet again winning finalist status in The Music Oz Awards and the International Songwriting competitions.

    Having signed an Australia based management contract in 2009 with Melbourne’s Local & Or General (Birds of Tokyo, Trial Kennedy, Kisschasy) Buckingham was torn between pursuing overseas opportunities and staying at home in Oz to release a third record. With eager fans pre ordering the yet to be released offering, and with another handful of folk/pop candies up her sleeve Buckingham high-tailed to Sydney’s Love Hz Studios keen to explore her creative abilities and break the female singer/songwriter mould, entering the studio with four home recorded demos, ready to be self produced , nurtured and made into what would become her best release to date. Gravity fuses each corner of Buckingham’s musical influence, once again delivering catchy hooks and singalongs, heartfelt tales of life and love and her beguiling signature singing style, aptly described as enchanting, devine, powerful and sweet.

    Since the release of Gravity, Buckingham has embarked on another two national tours, has been invited to play alongside Australian icons Ian Moss, Beccy Cole and Lior and has once again won finalist status in The Music Oz Awards and International Songwriting Competition. That’s three times. No joke.

    Nine months after Gravity’s release, her first film clip for the EP’s title track finally entered the online and television arena. A claymation art piece, lovingly created by Melbourne’s Darcy Prendergast of Dee Pee Studios it immediately received international acclaim, partly for the beauty of the clip, and of course for the beauty of the song. A story of two lovers who happen to meet and try their best to stay away from eachother with obstacles of life and love getting in the way. But, in the end, love prevails and of course they end up together – as does happen in all the good fairy tales.
    Read more: http://www.myspace.com/sambuckinghammusic#ixzz14g7znHAf

    Eclectic Grooves

    A great new local band with a great new sound

    features - Kate Landsberry, Cec Bucello, Dianne Butler, P.J. Whyte & Karen Clarke - presenting a range of covers and originals with 3, 4 and 5 part harmonies and instruments including acoustic and classical guitars, bass, banjo, mandolin, djembe, percussion and the Appalachian dulcimer! Songs you know, songs that are new, all with a twist - something different - and the chance for all to join the band and sing-along.Kate Landsberry (singer/songwriter/artist) was a regular with the band Saxy Jazz in the Noosa Hinterland, and in a duo with Piet Sanders.Karen Clarke (singer/songwriter/acoustic guitar/bass), a free spirit, who is passionate about music, the environment & creative expression. Dianne Butler (singer/songwriter/djembe,/percussion & vocals) Dianne works with spirit, healing, nature, love and the vibration and energy of sound.You may know Karen & Dianne performing as That's That.P.J. Whyte (guitar/mandolin/banjo/harmonica/blues harp/vocals) a wonderful musician who performed as a part of the Central Coast's Rough Diamonds at many local venues.Cec Bucello (guitar/mandolin/Appalachian dulcimer/vocals) performs with The Usual Suspects, with Frank and Marilyn Russell, and produces the wonderful publication Trad and Now - Australia's No 1 monthly mag for folk, blues, roots, alternative, bluegrass and world music.Together these five are 'Eclectic Souls' and look forward a great night at Brackets and Jam.

    DRUM JAMS: Bring your dancing feet, drum, rattle or whatever and join in our famous and frantic jams.

    Entry: Adults $10. Accompanied children under 16: Free

    Venue: Kincumba Mountain Mud Brick Building

    Kincumba Mountain Reserve, Island View Dr ( via Kincumber St)
    Kincumber, NSW 2251

    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Grass_Hat_credit_Palwesha_YusafAttracting hundreds of entries from all across the country, the Australian Event Awards is a celebration of the many different types of events that Australians love and support, from sporting grand finals and arts and cultural festivals, to charity community events and business conferences.

    This year, once again, Peats Ridge was heralded as one of Australia’s most outstanding and innovative events, winning the ‘Best Achievement In Sustainability Award’, one of the four key awards in the ceremony. This is the second year in a row the Festival has won this award and it is added to the long list of other awards Peats Ridge has won for sustainability since it’s inception in 2004

  • thumb_sangeet600Join us on Friday 22 October up on Kincumba Mountain for a night with some of our favourite B&J regular performers with proceeds to be donated to the Oxfam fund for Pakistan Flood victims.

    “Northern Pakistan has been hit by the worst floods in decades – some 20.5 million people have been affected according to the Government of Pakistan. Oxfam has now reached more than 1,000,000 people so far with humanitarian aid, providing clean water, hygiene supplies and hot food.”

    As well as the fine performance planned below, expect the usual impromtu walk-ons and huge drum jams, a big RAFFLE for PAKISTAN, plus, good vibes and fantastic food with summer sunsets over the bush and beautiful Brisbane Water. Expect another lovely selection of meals served by our hardworking kitchen volunteers. So whatever the weather, bring a friend, a smile, a drum, a blanket or a chair to sit on and a torch to light your way and treat yourself to what is still one of the cheapest and best night out on the Coast.

    This Months Lineup…

    SANGEET AND FRIENDS - Take a break from the games in Delhi and experience the classic sound of India with Sangeet as he takes you on a journey to the mystical east. We are very lucky tonight to be able to present, once again, a true travelling master of his craft and an old friend of Brackets and Jam. Those lucky enough to have witnessed a performance by Sangeet will testify to his virtuoso mastery of the classical Indian sitar. Sangeet travels the country performing and has, in the past, been a crucial part of several recordings by popular exponent of New Age, Healing, World, Fusion music, Tarshito from the Northern Rivers area of NSW. Sangeet's music is the ideal accompaniment for an evening on the mountain.

     

    thumb_the-evolversTHE EVOLVERS - Album Launch - We welcome the guys back, chuffed that they have chosen Brackets to launch their 1st recording, a self-produced 8 song CD "160", recorded and mixed by Brent at Robert’s house and ‘Mac’s Shed’…Brent’s own house of fun. The Evolvrs are based on the Central Coast of NSW, Australia,  Brent Murphy (guitar & vocals), Robert Patey-Downes (drums, percussion & vocals) and Kerrie Garside (guitar & vocals) with extra spice in the gumbo from other muso’s and friends.

    You can check out songs from ’160′ on the evolvers members page … "we’ll be posting exclusive extra takes, live and unfinished tracks and other goodies very soon", or you can check them out some tunes at our myspace page here … or even buy some off itunes here they’ve even got some posted on their vids page

    If you like them -  buy the CD at the gig!

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    FIRST DRUM JAM: Bring your dancing feet, drum, rattle or whatever and join in our famous and frantic jam.

     

    thumb_DRgoodvive_640DOCTOR GOODVIBE: are back with their own brand of  acoustic soul, blues, jazz, funk fusion!

    The core of the band are; singer/songwriter Edu Valk and, the harmonica player extraordinaire, Christian Marsh.

    Edu is a unique and diverse singer songwriter whose philosophical and often satirical commentary on life openly elucidates his heart. The eternal optimist, EDU's music is raw and honest and uplifting, with comparisons as diverse as David Grey, Jack Johnson Dave Graney, Van Morrison, Lou Reed and JJ Cale - just to name a few. "People have trouble trying to categorise my music," says Edu Valk, "So I coined the term 'acoustic soul' to try to provide an appropriate box for them to place me in."

    Christian's playing will open your mind to the versatility of the harmonica. Christian's trademark is a particularly pure and sweet tone, which he weaves through simple melodies to create lively and complex musical arrangements. This tone is so effective that some of Christian's more emotive works have on several occasions moved members of the audience to tears!

    He has played every idiom, from country and blues to jazz and classical, playing with many of the top artists in the music industry. Highlights of his career include a national tour with the hit stage musical "Big River", three national "Gold Harmonica" awards, two of his own CD's and performing as a guest artist on twenty more. He has distilled his unique sound from this wide experience. His current work "The Sketch" is jazz, but other than that, hard to label.

     

    FINAL DRUM JAM: Stay late and see the evening out with the spirit of the dance and drum! Enjoy a little more space to dance to the powerful beat of the drum.

  • The deadline to enter the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) has been extended until December 3, so be sure to enter your songs now for a chance to win cash and prizes - and have your songs heard by the music industry's top executives and recording artists! It's very easy to enter, and ISC offers several ways to enter:

  • Volunteers wanted

    We need some assistance with parking on the Mountain at our Kincumber Brackets nights, parking co-ordinators required - 1 - 2 hrs at the beginning of the night to assist with directing vehicles to park safely on the mountain - you even get to wear a nice flouro number and we can issue you with your very own Darth Vader light saber. If you can help out and share some energy - please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or just volunteer on the night.

    Who can resist!

  • Well, we finally have a Prime Minister and Brackets have elected a president! Momentous times deserve momentous celebrations and where better to do so than at our monthly event on Kincumber Mountain?  Come and wiggle your hips with us on Friday 24th September an enjoy an evening of good music, good food, good company and good times. We will again be featuring some more fantastic performers and another lovely selection of meals served by our hardworking kitchen volunteers. Bring a friend, a smile, a blanket or a chair to sit on and a torch to light your way and treat yourself to what has to be the cheapest and best night out on the Coast.

    off_2This month we are featuring some fine acts from around the country:

    SLIGHTLY OFF: Slightly Off is a refreshingly different Central Coast musical act,
    presenting a 'deranged cabaret' style of entertainment. With their collection of obscure and original murder songs and manic ballads, they love to make the audience laugh and keep them wondering what will happen next. For Slightly Off, the most important aspect of any performance is for the audience to have a good time.

     

     

    cheeseEMERGENCY CHEESE: Paul Byrnes (Emperor Edam) and Newton Jones (Lord Gorgonzola) attended Newcastle Conservatorium and both graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor Of Music. Emergency Cheese came to be when they were paired in a composition assignment for studies in western music, and the first piece 'Binding Remedy' was written. For the true Cheese feel, they have to be seen live where masks, props and yes even free cheese samples are an integral part of the show. We hope to stand out and write music for musicians and naturally ourselves. Keep it Cheesy

    http://www.myspace.com/emergencycheese#ixzz0zUwCIDS3

     

    FIRST DRUM JAM: Bring your dancing feet, drum, rattle or whatever and join in our famous and frantic jam.

     

    TheMandelasTreeTHE MANDELAS:The Mandelas make music for humans. It’s a moveable feast of roots, rock, reggae, blues, country and soul, rolled into songs for people of all ages.

    The Mandelas have been together since 2008, based on the Central Coast of NSW. They have an eclectic sound of their own, that has piqued many passing ears.


    While some of their songs may make you stop and think, their emphasis is simply on having fun. They have a genuine down-to-earth presence that endears audiences to them.

    http://www.myspace.com/themandelas

     

    FINAL DRUM JAM: Stay late and see the evening out with the spirit of the dance and drum! Enjoy a little more space to dance to the powerful beat of the drum.

     

    Brackets and Jam is all about inclusion and creative diversity, whilst supporting a sustainable environment. We are particularly interested in the participation of members of our arts and cultural community who are interested in performing or presenting short pieces in between our bands. Poets, actors, performers, story tellers are more than welcome to share their talents. It’s not just about music on the mountain!

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  • Introduction

    Once again I take great pleasure in stating that Brackets & Jam Central Coast Inc. has had a good year with positive outcomes for the Central Coast community as well as for the organisation. It has not been a smooth ride with a high level of administration being required to support the continuous increase in activity undertaken in the past year including the cessation of our Newcastle activities, the interest shown in replicating Brackets in Victoria and the highest yet level of activity in other community events across the region.


  • …a rhythmic sound scape in sacred space

    …a space to move freely on your own or with others, to shake awake, connect with your body & soul, and dance your way to ecstasy

    …a space for people of all ages and movement abilities


    the cosmic flow of things…
    6.30pm…set up (creating an altar, art & meditation zones)
    7pm…warm up & opening
    7.30pm…free flow movement & dancing meditation
    8.45pm…closing circle
    9pm…pack up and go

    Financial contributions are welcome…
    $8 if you are employed
    $5 for unemployed/underemployed
    $5 for children

    All profits to go to www.earthfireaustralia.org
    For more information contact Julieanne on 0408060266 or rhythmwavescentralcoast@gmail.com
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  •   Well the new financial year for brackets begins and the result of our Annual General Meeting is as follows;

      Committee Members: Colette Baron, Brett McEvoy, Nick Baron

      Secretary: Tim Green

      Treasurer & Public Officer: Kelli Mason

      Vice President: Craig McMullen

      President: John Roberts

      At the time of the AGM There were 7 operational Sub Committees; Brackets Kincumber, Brackets Lake Munmorah, Djembeat, DGR-Public Fund, Terrigal Drum & Twirl, CoastFest, ArtsBarn. Membership of these Committees is available on request.

     

  • Come along and shake off those pre-election blues…forget our Tony and our Julia, it’s time to be “moving forward” with Brackets and Jam! Come and shake a leg with us up on the Mountain on Friday 20th August an evening of pre election dullness. Our manifesto is as always: Good music, good food, good company and good times. We will again be featuring some more fantastic performers and another lovely selection of meals served by ou...r hardworking kitchen volunteers. Bring a friend, a smile, a blanket or a chair to sit on and a torch to light your way and treat yourself to what has to be the cheapest and best night out on the Coast. VOTE FOR US!!!!

    from-willowThis month we are featuring some fine acts from around the country:

    FROM WILLOW: > From Willow was formed in 2009 over a coffee, a jam session and a passion for creative expression.
    This new acoustic group from the Central Coast and Sydney has created a fusion of musical ideas to produce an earthy and raw mix of music that evokes nostalgic images of time and life.
    Folk melodies and harmonies surround a guitar and percussion driven sound. Reflections of the soul are slowly revealed through rhythmic tone colours.
    Founding members Bec O'Hare and Louise Donnelly will be joined by special guests Rod Hollier on guitar/percussion, Hudson Wallace on guitar/percussionand Glen Donnelly on Viola.

    http://www.myspace.com/fromwillow


    DaveLeanDAVID LEAN: Dave is a local singer / songwriter who has recently performed at the Avoca Theater showcase. It will be his first appearance at Brackets so please be sure to give him a warm welcome.

    I am Jave on the Acoustic Guitar, i am the musical mystery far beyond where any Scooby-doo crew has ever gone before. My music will warm up the coldest parts of your body, share the rhythmic beat of your heart, the tempo you tap with your feet and the light that you see in your vision. It will allow you to sit back and enjoy, stand up and sway or get up and dance. Its cruisy and catchy, meaningful and meaningless, instrumental and lyrical and always fun and unforgotton. I am a musical friend, and a guy that thinks of everything in song.

    myspace.com/thatjaveguy

    FIRST DRUM JAM: Bring your dancing feet, drum, rattle or whatever and join in our famous and frantic jam.

    rubixcubaRUBIX CUBA: This will be good!!! You might have caught these guys a few years ago at Coastfest. Tonight we welcome them to B&J as part of their “Government Approved tour” I wonder who approves more, Julia or Tony?

    Rubix Cuba: an 80's commercial fad crossed with a communist stalwart. A contradiction. Ska for pop fans, pop for ska fans and so much more!

    Whilst appearing happy on the outside and in their music, Rubix Cuba are a deep and melancholy band (not that you'd guess it) with songs from the heart...which they wear on their shirtsleeves!! The Rubix Cubans bring a ball of energy to any stage and are bouncy, photogenic and annoyingly catchy.

    Rubix Cuba draws influences from a variety sources including ska, rock, funk, punk, swing, jazz, Latin and Cuban. This makes the band a musical feast for listeners and a visual carnival for gig goers.

    The band explodes in a ball of energy on stage (most days) so check out a show near you...and see a giant dancing rubiks cube in the flesh...CUBIE!!!!

    Read more: http://www.myspace.com/rubixcuba#ixzz0wID1JGzE

    FINAL DRUM JAM: Stay late and see the evening out with the spirit of the dance and drum! Enjoy a little more space to dance to the powerful beat of the drum.

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    Woytopia is a great family fun day with food, music, stalls and lots for the kids to do, as well as inspiring ideas for making your life a little greener. Come along and be surprised by Woy Woy’s newest festival.

    fantastic food | all-day kids’ program | green workshops | films | energy-saving | chilled world rhythms | Indian dancing | bouncy castle | solar power | bike repair workshops | bushtucker demonstration | native animals | sustainable home design | stalls | ’where’s the beef’ BBQ | yoga | eco-footprint assessment | electric bikes | drumbala | solar cookers | green marketplace

    GO GREENThe Green Stuff:

    Woytopia is about promoting positive, inspiring ideas for greener living with a full program of green activities.

    Green Room (Talks)
    10.35am Climate Change
    Richard Weller, Climate Future
    11.30am Aboriginal Culture and the Environment
    Gavi Duncan
    12.30pm Energy Saving Homes
    Peter Meloy
    1.30pm Local organic food

    Ellise Barkley
    2.30pm Oceans in Crisis
    Dr David Powter, Newcastle University
    3.30pm Solar Power

    Dr Joachim Muller, Sun2Steam

    Green Garden (Talks)
    10.35am Worm Farming Lisa Wriley
    11.30am Growing Your Own Vegies David Braunstein, Adam’s Garden
    12.30pm Better CompostingEllise Barkley
    1.30pm Bushtucker Jake Cassar
    2.30pm Natural Gardening Ian Sutton
    3.30pm BeekeepingMartin Roberts

    Eco-Movies
    10.40am Power of Community
    – how Cuba went organic
    12noon The Story of Stuff- witty animation about consumerism
    12.30pm Hot Planet – good summary of climate change science and solutions
    1.45pm Think Global, Eat Local- short movie about community food networks
    2.10pm Story of Bottled Water
    2.30pm In Transition – film about the Transition Towns movement
    3.40pm The Story of Stuff

    10am-12noon Rebicycle
    Bike repair demonstrations.

    Solar cookout
    (From 10am-2pm approx.) We will be showcasing solar ovens made by local school pupils, with information about solar cooking and instructions for making your own solar oven.

    sarah-humphreysMusicIncludes:

    10.35am Ganang Spirit Dancers
    11.00am Paul Groh- classical voila with a blues twist
    11.30am Hemporium Fashion Parade- eco-friendly fashions
    12noon Ricky & Dimitri- relaxed Latin jazz
    1.30pm Drum Circle- Drumbala (Field Stage)
    1.45pm Jita and Sardool Singh – Indian music & dance
    3pm Sarah Humphreys- captivating sixties-influenced folk-pop from Central Coast singer-songwriter

    Sunday 31 October 2010

    10am-4pm
    Woy Woy South Public School
    Waterloo Avenue, Woy Woy

    Woytopia is organised by Peninsula Environment Group (PEG)

    Wytopia is currently looking for volunteers, so if you want to get involved on day itself or to help with organisation prior to event, contact Lisa Butler This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or see www.woytopia.info

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    Due to a very busy week for many Arts Barn people we have postponed the next meeting - it will now take place on Tuesday 17th at 7.00 instead of Wednesday the 9th. Hope to see many that attended the first meeting plus a few more people who couldn't make it last time.

    DRAFT AGENDA:

    1. Update on project status

    2. Draft hire rates and arrangements for workshop room.

    3. Projects - work parties including garden design/plans

    4. Establishment of Partners

    5. Grants and Funding.

    6. Office Set up - establish start-up opening times roster

    7. Opening Event

    8. Footprint Festival

    9. Committee, Tasks and work-groups - meeting schedule.

    If anyone wants to add topics for discussion please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    If you want to get involved please either "attend" on the facebook page or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • A great event put on by Brackets lake Munmorah celebrating music at a grass roots community level

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  • Happy Birthday to us, Happy Birthday to us……Has it been a year already? Join us on Friday 23rd July to help us celebrate becoming teenagers! It’s our 13th Birthday and we would like to invite you to a Mad Hatters Birthday Party, bring a silly hat and have a slice of cake with us. Jam. As always we offer music, entertainment, good vibes and fantastic food overlooking beautiful Brisbane Water. We will again be featuring some more fantastic performers and another lovely selection of meals served by our hardworking kitchen volunteers. Bring a silly hat, a friend, a smile, a blanket or a chair to sit on and a torch to light your way and treat yourself to what has to be the cheapest and best night out on the Coast.

    Line up:

    Benjamin Eastwood

    benjaminBenjamin James Eastwood didn’t start playing the guitar until he was 17, and for many years it never really got to serious, just innocent experiments with song writing, another creative outlet for expressing his emotions and thoughts. That was until a move to Wanaka in New Zealand’s South Island created a lifestyle change, and a chance to connect with other musicians and perform to an audience. It helped to give Benjamin’s song writing direction and express himself through his music.
    Described as Acoustic Indie Folk, Benjamin’s songs are musically very simple, quite melodic, and often deep lyrically, mostly of good times and good feelings. However, his songs can also get a little dark. His influences vary and change often and although he has a distinct style, it is the subtle differences that take the story of the song down paths less travelled. Yet you’ll find a familiar feel to his music, drawing inspiration from artists such as: Jack Johnson, Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens, Pete Murray and many more.


    The music of Benjamin James Eastwood is nothing too unique, it is just honest, easy to listen to songs of, life, love, friends and family, and the world the way he sees it

     

    April Maze

    april_maze_1_finalQueensland duo April Maze are an Alternative Folk duo. Sivan (aka April) plays cello and sings (at the same time) - her voice is soulful and bluesy. Todd accompanies her on guitars, banjo, vocals and stomp box. Their music is primarily cello, and stomp box driven, coloured with strong vocal harmonies, and occasional samples and loops. Now with over 300 shows, multiple tours, three self-produced EP’s, TV sync on ABC2 and Channel 10, and over 1500 Cd’s sold independently, April Maze are set to release their debut full-length Album (due out in July 2010). Since November 2009 April Maze have been in the studio recording their debut album 'Recycled Soul' with Hugh McDonald (Redgum) and Ian Pritchett (producer Angus and Julia Stone, The Beautiful Girls). As part of the release, April Maze are touring Australia, in their 1976 kombi van, full time for 11 months, before touring internationally to NZ, Japan and Canada.

    www.aprilmaze.com

     

    FIRST DRUM JAM

    Bring your dancing feet, drum, rattle or whatever and join in our famous and frantic jam.

     

    catfdishCatfish Soup

    If you love the blues you’ll love Newcastle’s Catfish Soup. The band is five guys who love the blues and love playing in front of a live audience. As someone at one of there first gigs said ‘If Robert Johnson had an electric guitar he would’ve sounded like you guys’. The first set is usually all blues and as the night progresses the rhythm picks up and the dance floor fills up. So if you like to rock these guys are the band to see. The Band Kevin Mills lead singer with a forthright rock voice and a commanding stage presence. Paul Longworth lead guitarist with killer riffs and an ability to improvise that makes jazz guitarist jealous. Guy Douglas rhythm guitarist with subtle undertones and accents but can also play his guitar like he’s ringing a bell when needed. Mick Bailey bass guitar with driving bass lines that’ll grab you and have you dancing before you know what’s happened. Ian on drums with awesome technique he’ll have your foot tapping in seconds.

    www.myspace.com/catfishsoupband

     

    FINAL DRUM JAM: Stay late and see the evening out with the spirit of the dance and drum! Enjoy a little more space to dance to the powerful beat of the drum.

    Please note, all acts are subject to a last minute changes.


    Brackets and Jam is all about inclusion and creative diversity, whilst supporting a sustainable environment. We are particularly interested in the participation of members of our arts and cultural community who are interested in performing or presenting short pieces in between our bands. Poets, actors, performers, story tellers are more than welcome to share their talents. It’s not just about music on the mountain!


    Parking on the mountain is limited. Once the car parks are full you will be asked to park your vehicle at the bottom of the mountain and then to await the bus to the top. Upon leaving for the evening we will whisk you back down to your cars. We have security guards and Brackets volunteers on the gate to assist you. Please be patient!!


    We would also like to ask inform parents that under age patrons must be under the direct supervision of a responsible adult for the duration of our event. Young patrons should also be aware that bags WILL be searched and any alcohol found will be removed.


    Thank you for your cooperation and patience in helping us to continue providing one of the most successful community run arts and music events on the Coast.


    Our Brackets events are created for the whole community, so get involved as a performer, a volunteer, or come along and be part of our audience. Any help you would like to offer on the night would be greatly appreciated. Our events are entirely volunteer run so the more help we get the better!

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  • An Invitation To:   Sacred Women’s Retreat -  Egyptian Dance and Yoga -  Ubud, Bali
    October 3rd- 9th 2010
    Bring your Belly to Bali !   Dance to free your Spirit
    Honour your Feminine  - You deserve it!
    Awaken your dance through the power of the Chakras.
    Join Alexandra and Nicole on this amazing, memorable and magical personal journey through Yoga and Egyptian dance to activate your Chakras (energy centres of your body). FULL info on attached brochure.
  •  Another great Warnervale show with terrific support from the community, great entertainment and lots of great market stalls......Looking forward to 2011..
  •   This was a great event with the Tipi and small stage set up for acoustic performances and storytelling.
  • flags_in_park  Agreat day for lots of families and kids. The Brackets drumming was a great hit with parents, staff and kids. The Mens shed display was also a hit especially with the children hammering their tissue boxes!!
  • Come on folks, dig out your wooly jumpers and bobble hats and make your way to the top of beautiful Kincumber Mountain for a warm welcome at this months Brackets and Jam South.

    On May 28th we will be bringing you another night of great music, great food and lots of great people. Yes its Brackets and Jam time again and that means music, entertainment, good vibes and fantastic food overlooking Brisbane Water. We will again be featuring some more fantastic performers and another lovely selection of meals served by our hardworking kitchen volunteers. Bring a friend, a smile, a blanket or a chair to sit on and a torch to light your way and treat yourself to what has to be the cheapest and best night out on the Coast.

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    This month we are featuring some fine acts from around the country:

     

    RIZZLY JAM:A bit of a mystery this one, to be honest!! A Singer Songwriter from the Coast who also plays in a band called Acid Rain…….that’s what B&J is all about, finding out about new artists and performers……I am sure we will all be pleasantly surprised.

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    RACZ and WATERS: After a little bit of a mix up last month (my fault!!), we are definitely proud to welcome back to B&J, fresh fromracz
    supporting Mental as Anything, local artistes and old friends; Racz & Waters.  Music is the space between the notes, and since forming in December 2007 Racz 'n Waters have found their own beautiful original space. Their vocals blend seamlessly in 3 part harmony as they sing their open hearted lyrics, captivating audiences and promising a truly unforgettable performance that, in such a short time, has won them awards, accolades and a few hearts along the way.

    Winners of 2009 Winners of the Australian Song of the Year award at the Australian Songwriters Awards (ASA), last month the girls triumphed again and graced the red carpet at the 2010 MUSICOZ AWARDS, winning the World/Folk Category for their song The Dreaming, which is now a multi-award winning song.  After an amazing response from audiences and organisers at both St Albans and The Canberra National Folk Festival and from that the Folk Alliance have asked them  to represent Australia with Cloud Street in CANADA April 2011

    Their Debut Album 'Nothing Borrowed' produced by Karl Broadie, has an acoustic feel that doesn't need bells and whistles to be described as nothing short of breath taking. 'Nothing Borrowed' not only offers the listener a chance to Take Time (funnily enough the title of the opening track) and reflect, but also offers fun and anthem like tracks guaranteed to send goosebumps through even the toughest of skins... and hearts. The album will be available on the night along with other fantastic merchandise.

    www.myspace.com/raczandwaters

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    FIRST DRUM JAM: Bring your dancing feet, drum, rattle or whatever and join in our famous and frantic jam.

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    the_evolvrs_logo_lgTHE EVOLVRS:After being so well received earlier in the year, we are excited to welcome back the Evolvrs.

    The Evolvrs are Brent Murphy (guitar & vocals), Robert Patey-Downes (drums, percussion & vocals) and Kerrie Garside (guitar & vocals) with extra spice in the gumbo from other muso’s and friends.

    In Oct ’09, after working on a few songs and musical ideas, Brent invited Robert to jam on them with friends at a mad party up on Mangrove Mountain. Much fun was had and the boys went over so well they decided to make it an ongoing project and evolve the ideas as a band…….a name was found!

    The 1st gig was a few weeks later to a full house at Jack’s Bar, Erina, supporting and backing Kerry Garside for her CD launch in early November.

    Brent had always wanted a female vocal in the mix and Kerrie’s guitar and voice blended effortlessly… soon after, they invited her to join in the fun.

    Since then they’ve also played Brackets & Jam, The Rhythm Hut and Lizotte’s and are planning to record very soon.

    www.theevolvrs.com

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    FINAL DRUM JAM: Stay late and see the evening out with the spirit of the dance and drum! Enjoy a little more space to dance to the powerful beat of the drum.

     

  • A dedicated crew did the Cleanup on Kincumba Mountain on Sunday 7 march.

       To our surprise it was surprisingly clean compared to last year. Thanks to all the users of the mountain for binning rubbish and thanks to council for the regular cleanups throughout the year.

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  • A great day was had by all market stalls were really great with items from across the world, the parade encompassing all the cultures in the region was spectacular in music and costume. The mayors opening was thought provoking...

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    A great Dads Day Out - Gosford City where about 1200 people passed through in the day with a great deal to enjoy and do. Thanks to the voluntry committee and Gosford Council for all the work and $$ support

     

     

  •   G'day all.
    The skate park was a great day out. B&J were well acknowledged among the list of sponsors and supporters...more than most because we had a very visible presence.
    The kids were amazing not just for their participation, skill and enthusiasm in their sport but also for their extremely good "off field" conduct.
    Both the staff and kids showed interst in Brackets and Jam. Both expressed an interest in having a live band at their next event. 
     
    Regards. Andy

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  •   NEWSFLASH

    What a treat!!  Suzie will be at Brackets

     & Jam North event this Saturday night...

    Suzie's poetry & writings can be seen at suziepalmer.com

  • On Saturday May 8th, the shores of Lake Munmorah will come alive with

    Brackets & Jam.

     ...Be entertained by the finest music and cultural entertainment around...

    All in a magnificent & family friendly environment by the lake...

     

    Brackets & Jam kicks off at 6pm

    $5 Adults...Children Free

     

    A Stellar lineup of Performers...

     

    www.myspace.com/emergencycheese  

    Paul Byrnes (Emperor Edam) and Newton Jones (Lord Gorgonzola) attended Newcastle Conservatorium and both graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor Of Music. Emergency Cheese came to be when they were paired in a composition assignment for studies in western music, and the first piece 'Binding Remedy' was written. For the true Cheese feel, they have to be seen live where masks, props and yes even free  cheese samples are an integral part of the show. We hope to stand out and write music for musicians and naturally ourselves. Keep it Cheesy

     

    Central Coast Launch of New Album "Jilliby"

    www.myspace.com/gilbertwhyte

    Since the independent release of his solo acoustic album in Western Australia (Fremantle) in early 2009, Gilbert Whyte has since travelled to New South Wales where he is now emerging as a singer songwriter on the east coast.

    The Scottish born songwriter has drawn his performance style out of both traditional folk and contemporary influences, from Bob Dylan and Nick Drake to Bon Iver and the Tallest Man on Earth.

    With his “folky” fingerpicking on guitar and banjo, and his rambling storytelling delivery, Gilbert’s music reaches into the mind and talks to the heart.

    A relentless performer, Gilbert now travels with guitar in hand while earning a reputation for musicianship and heartfelt performance.

    His second coming solo album "Jilliby is due to be released in April 2010.

     

     

    www.myspace.com/slightlyoffmusic

    Slightly More Off is a refreshingly different Central Coast band, comprised of Carl and Leila Desborough and Frank and Marilyn Russell in different combinations as well as sometimes some special guests that make it more and more off!
    Slightly More Off present a 'deranged cabaret' style of entertainment. With their collection of obscure and original murder songs and manic ballads, they love to make the audience laugh and keep them wondering what will happen next. Carl plays guitar and sings in a none-too-delicate style while Leila plays an assortment of instruments including the bowed banjo and musical saw, sings and acts up. Frank keeps everyone in line with his double bass, “Stanley”, while Marilyn adds highlights with her assortment of stringed instruments. Carl and Leila write many of the songs performed by Slightly More Off.

     

    HUGE DRUM JAMS & DANCING

    Walk ons and fire dancers most welcome.

    Our Brackets events are created for the whole community, so get involved as a performer, a volunteer, or come along and be part of our audience. As always our hard working kitchen volunteers will be offering lots of tasty and healthy morsels, so come treat yourself to dinner at sunset, overlooking Lake Munmorah . Brackets and Jam is all about inclusion and creative diversity, whilst supporting a sustainable environment. We are particularly interested in the participation of members of our arts and cultural community who are interested in performing or presenting short pieces in between our bands. Poets, actors, performers, story tellers are more than welcome to share their talents.

     

    Lake Munmorah Community Hall,

    Colongra Bay Rd, Lake Munmorah

    Rain hail or shine it's happening, SEE YOU THERE.

    For more info -

     www.bracketsandjam.com.au

    www.myspace.com/andrea_bandj

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  • To get ready forTerm 111 (starting the week of February 7th),The Rhythm Hut is hosting two free Open Nights on February 2nd at 6:30 and February 5th at 4pm.   If you've never tried drumming before, or want to get back into it, come meet our teachers and enjoy learning some basic rhythms in a fun, supportive environment.

    Learn how to play Taiko (massive Japanese festival drums) or Djembe (groovy African hand drums).  Whether you want to improve your drumming skills, learn more about other cultures, or just meet a new community of friends, The Rhythm Hut is the place for you!  Snacks provided.

    Call 0420 682 258 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info or to reserve a spot.

     

  • Win two Tickets to see Djan Djan at Kantara House

    Djan Djan

    The first Brackets and Jam member to call EarthCentral on0423 586 175 and answer the question…

    "What year did Mamadou Diabate win his Grammy Award & in what catagory?"

    will win 2 FREE show tickets to see World Music Supergroup…

    DJAN DJAN - direct from WOMADelaide.

    Featuring:

    Jeff Lang on slide guitar,  Bobby Singh on Indian Tabla
    & Grammy Award Winner - Mamadou Diabate on African Kora (Harp)

    More info:  www.jefflang.com.au or  watch them on YOUTUBE

    When the trio met in 2008, no one quite predicted the musical alchemy that would occur...
    Djan Djan are in a class of their own creating astonishingly beautiful sounds with the virtuosic style that all three are renowned for in both: their concerts and their newly released self tittled CD which is released nationwide Fri 5th March through ABC/universal.

    Tues 16th March 
    KANTARA  HOUSE
    7pm dinner/show $50
    8pm Show only $25
    ALL SEATS RESERVED 
    Bookings Esstential  4369 1528 or 0423 586 175

  • Where have you spotted a Brackets Hat or T shirt??

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  • The first Brackets Member to call Ylenna from Earth Central on 0423 586 175 will receive a FREE ticket to this great performance Friday 19 February at Kantara House!

    (Please quote your full name and membership number)

    Earth Central exclusively presents:

    Lulo Reinhardt one of Europe's greatest gypsy guitarists form one of Europe's most famous gypsy families....

    Lulo Reinhardt (5piece ensemble - Germany)  Grand nephew of the world famous Jazz/Swing Master of the 1930's  - Django Reinhardt.  Celebrating Django's 100th year Birthday the 6 week tour in Australia kicks off @ Kantara House for a grand night of LATIN  GYPSY JAZZ

    "Unicorn Rare...the finest concert of acoustic guitar I've ever heard." John Shand, SMH Lulo represents one of the most unique voices in Gypsy-Jazz music today.

    Grand-nephewof Jazz legend Django Reinhardt, nephew of the Gypsy violin masterShnuckenack Reinhardt and from a traditionally long line of musicians Lulo’s Latin-Swing Project combines pure Gypsy-Swing with elements of Latin music such as: flamenco, tango and bossa nova. The band is Lulo Reinhardt from Germany on guitar, violinist Daniel Weltlinger from Sydney, bassist Harald Becher from Germany, Uli Kramer from Germany on drums and keyboardist Sean Mackenzie also from Sydney.

    LuloReinhardt is from an enormous clan of Reinhardts to which belongs his grand uncle, the world famous musician Django Reinhardt. “The audience often expects me to play exclusively in the style of Django Reinhardt. As well as this, I Have found a style of my own.” He is described as a spontaneous and spirited musician and his different styles come from a musical voyage to find flamenco roots in Spain, Latin and Brazilian jazz from South America, combined with his ownartistic stamp and gypsy influences. His name has achievedinternational acclaim.

    In 1991, he founded “I Gitanos” with his fatherBawo and cousin Dege, touring throughout Europe.

    www.myspace.com/luloreinhardt

    7pm - Gypsy Dinner/Show - $65  | 8pm - Show only pre booked - $40 Tix @ door - $45 Bookings essential for dinner or show ph Kantara House: 4369 1528 All seats are reserved Show Tix also available @ Music Centre, Gosford and Macron Music: Erina & Tuggerah

  • Friday 26 February - Kincumba Mountain

    Well, last month was a great way to start off a New Year! Great music, great food and lots of great people. Why not join us again on Friday February 26th on Kincumber Mountain for another fabulous night of music, entertainment, good vibes and fantastic food overlooking beautiful Brisbane Water. We will again be featuring some more fantastic performers and another lovely selection of meals served by our hardworking kitchen volunteers. Bring a friend, a smile, a blanket or a chair to sit on and a torch to light your way and treat yourself to what has to be the cheapest and best night out on the Coast.

    This month we are featuring some fine acts from around the country:

    thumb_michael-peterMICHEAL PETER: Michael Peter is a Central Coast singer songwriter. His songs mix heart-felt vocals and unique and thoughtful storytelling with a blend of folk, roots, soul, pop and rock it’s a truly unique sound that is hard to pigeonhole and a pleasure to listen to.

    Michael’s earlier EP releases have received airplay on Triple J, Nova and ABC radio. His live show has toured nationally playing festivals, café’s and pubs as well as supporting legendary acts including Billy Thorpe and Daryl Braithwaite. His brand new debut album “Something along those lines” is now available in stores and through I-tunes.

    “An earnest, raw, promising new artist… there is a sincerity and honesty in Peter’s lyrics that shouldn’t be ignored” - The Sunday Telegraph

    "Michael’s music is the kind that truly connects with you [music] to drive to, smile to, sing along in front of the mirror to." - Rip it Up

    http://www.myspace.com/michaelpetermusic

     

    thumb_sangeet600SANGEET AND FRIENDS: We are very lucky tonight to be able to present, once again, a true travelling master of his craft. Those lucky enough to have witnessed a performance by Sangeet will testify to his virtuoso mastery of the classical Indian sitar. Sangeet travels the country performing and has, in the past, been a crucial part of several recordings by popular exponent of New Age, Healing, World, Fusion music, Tarshito from the Northern Rivers area of NSW. Sangeet’s music is the ideal accompaniment for a summer evening on the mountain.

     

    thumb_homelessyellowHOMELESS YELLOW:All the way from Brisbane, we are very happy to welcome back Homeless Yellow. The music from Homeless Yellow is laid back and relaxed. Just the perfect thing to accompany a duster late-fall day, here in Berlin, where outside it was just a wet-snow mess. Early evenings are just the right thing for this kind of music. Just the right thing for relaxing after a stressed day.

    Homeless Yellow sound like a laid back acoustic Gregg Allman or Neil Young, or possibly Kurt Cobain from Nirvana, with emotive vocals, and rhythmic guitar. I especially liked Asian Oranges. If you’re one of the many who like Nirvana, you would be doing yourself a favor to give Homeless Yellow a listen.GARY LEVINSON -- indie music review

    God verses Saturn: New album is available now.

    http://www.myspace.com/homelessyellow

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    Don't miss ywo great opportunities to take part in an EarthFIRE gathering,

    a sacred vessel of transformation…a space for us to express our hearts…where we will drum, sing, dance and play
    our theme will be Creativity…a chance to try something new, to create.

    earthFIRE Outside – retreat

    Friday, March 19 to Monday, March 22

    @ Spirit Wind, 90 mins north west from Sydney (past Windsor near Wiseman’s Ferry)

  • Practitioner room available 3 days per week in residential area close to transport.

    Fully furnished including massage table. All modalities welcome. Yoga studio available for rent for events & classes. Cheap rent - call 0430008293 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Community Picnic and Free Drumming Circle

    Sunday 24th January 3pm @ TERRIGAL ESPLANADE

    Bring along a picnic and your drum (we'll bring some too in case you don't have one) this Sunday 24 January 2010 to Terrigal Esplanade at 3pm. For those who are new to drumming, or if you want to get some friends involved, we'll facilitate a short workshop before opening it up to a free-flowing drum jam.

    What to bring: Smiles, food/drinks, a drum (we'll bring some too), a chair/stool.

  • All Witches, Pagans, Goths and anyone who just loves to dress up and have fun
    are invited to come and enjoy the beautiful magic of our Winter Solstice Ritual
    then to eat, drink, dance and be merry all night „til the Witching Hour.
    Wear your garb and beautiful masks
    as there will be a “Lucky Door” prize and prize for “Best Mask” on the night.
    We‟ll have live entertainment (band TBA)
    and belly dancing from „Kazra and her magic sword‟
    as well as „Dani and her amazing Goth belly dancing performance‟.
    Bring your chalice so whilst you enjoy our 3 course meal
    you can sample a free cup of our homemade mulled wine.
    (Please advise when booking if you have any special dietary needs)

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    When:: Saturday 26th June
    Time:: 6:30pm ‘‘til the witching hour of midnight
    Where: Lake Munmorah Community Hall, Colongra Bay Rd, Lake Munmorah
    Tickets: $45 per person with a $10 non-refundable deposit on booking
    For further information or to buy tickets please contact Sandi by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by mobile 0425 257 810.
  • Broken any New Year’s resolutions yet? Why not make a resolution to treat yourself to an evening of fun, music, dance and good food?

    Brackets and Jam South can help with another fun night of eclectic music, entertainment, huge drum jams, good vibes and fantastic food overlooking beautiful Brisbane Water.  Come and spread that blanket out on the reserve and soak up the warm evening and an even warmer atmosphere. We will again be featuring some more fantastic performers from Sydney and the Coast and another lovely selection of meals served by our hardworking kitchen volunteers. So whatever the weather, bring a friend, a smile, a drum, a blanket or a chair to sit on and a torch to light your way and treat yourself to what is still one of the cheapest and best night out on the Coast.

    Line Up:

    MonicaMonica and the Explosion:Now, I think this is going to start the evening of with a bang! All the way from Sweden we welcome Monica and the Explosion. Although she introduces herself as a Swedish punk band, she is actually a solo artist…..An entry on her blog sums her up like this..….” I have no idea why, but I thought she was really good. Maybe it was because she just hammered the acoustic guitar she was playing and sang about things that pissed her off and things she knew about!! No deep, meaningful, dark, what the hell was that all about lyrics, just in your face, this is how I feel about it, ones!! I've no idea where she fits in to today’s music scene. She probably doesn't but what ever, she probably doesn't care as long as she's doing what she wants to do and she obviously is!!

    www.monicaandtheexplosion.com


    davestoneDave Stone is a performing artist who has a great passion for music and has a wide range of expierence in performing live. David is a well acomplished Blues and Rock guitarist whom is also now dabbling in Jazz. David has played in different bands doing various styles of music ranging from Hard Rock/ Metal, Blues Rock and Country, on Acoustic steel and nylon string and Electric making him a versatile musician.

    David is also an original artist who writes his own music and lyrics, comfortable playing other bands original music and cover songs. David first started music at the age of 9 starting off with the piano then gave up the piano for the guitar at 11and quickly fell in love with Rock'N'Roll.

    Early Influences include The Beatles, John Lennon, AC/DC, The Angles, Cold Chisel, Ian Moss, Mr Big, Extreeme, Kiss and Led Zepplin and The Eagles.

    "For years I was inspired from bands like AC/DC who worked the Ausie pub scene often doing a gruelling 2 shows a day playing 5 days a week. When I got the oportunity to play at the Australian Pavilion World Expo in Japan at the Sandbar with Mark Dorrington on guitar and vocal and Lee Hardisty on Saxaphone, often playing 5 shows a week in the Nogoya heat was exhausting and taxing on the body, but it was a dream that I had searched for and it had fuelled my desire to play even more and never stop playing, for this expierence I am truely grateful to everyone!"

    www.stonelive.com.au

     

    shameelaShameela and students from the Desert Flame Bellydance School: Shameela is one of the principle founders of the “Desert Flame” bellydance school. The school has been operating for over 11 years with huge success on the Central Coast of N.S.W. with herself and Alexandra teaching over 100 students on a weekly basis.  Shameela brings her experience, knowledge and dance expertise to her classes and workshops. She teaches various dance styles including Oriental Belly dance, Bollywood, ATS Tribal and fusion styles.  Shameela has been innovative bringing together her own unique Tribal Indian fusion style using Indian hand mudras, temple poses combined with funky ATS tribal moves. In 2008 Shameelas released her first instructional DVD “The Eyes of Buddha” which demonstrates and teaches this dance style.

    Tonight, Shameela will showcase her Tribal Indian Fusion and Bollywood style in a funky entertaining performance along with her student troupes and duo troupe Indra Bellydance with Gabriella.

    www.indrabellydance.com

     

    FIRST DRUM JAM: Bring your dancing feet, drum, rattle or whatever and join in our famous and frantic jam.

     

    evolvrs_small_1260770282The Evolvrs:Tonight we welcome some very familiar faces to the mountain. Familiar faces but it a very different format. The evolvrs are Brent Murphy (guitar & vocals), Robert Patey-Downes (drums & vocals), Carlton Sparks (bass & vocals) and Kerrie Garside (guitar & vocals) with extra spice in the gumbo from other muso’s and friends.

    In Oct ’09, after working on a few songs and musical ideas, Brent invited Robert & Carlton to jam on them at a mad party up on Mangrove Mountain. Much fun was had and the boys went over so well they decided to make it an ongoing project and evolve the ideas as a band…….a name was found!

    The 1st gig was a few weeks later to a full house at Jack’s Bar, Erina, supporting and backing Kerry Garside for her CD launch in early November.

    Brent had always wanted a female vocal in the mix and Kerrie’s guitar and voice blended effortlessly…….soon after, they invited her to join in the fun.

    Regarding their sound, Brent says:“My fondness is not really for a particular style, it’s always been about the singer and the song for me. Having said that, although T-Rex, The Stones, Jeff Beck and Rod Stewart were hugely influential, I’m drawn to American music..…country, soul, funk, jazz and of course reggae. I grew up in NZ and where I really learnt to play was at parties with Maori musos…I loved it! They were jammin’ on Bob Marley & Jimi (of course!), Stevie Wonder, Santana, Marvin Gaye, Sly etc. and that blended with my love of Americana, from The Allman Brothers and Linda Rondstat in my teens to Springsteen…with Lucinda Williams and Ryan Adams being current faves. Top of my list?......would have to be Prince.

    Robert plays a relaxed, but sharp, old school funky style that reminded me of old motown and stax records, with some real cool jazz sensibilities, and Carlton’s got the taste and chops to play just the right groove and nail it. Kerrie plays acoustic with a great sense of rhythm and groove and her & Robert’s voices are just a joy to sing with. I can’t help but bring my country and reggae spices to the party, and on the count of 4 we start playing and see what evolves.

    Our music is roots based….not in the sense of John Butler or The Soggy Bottom Boys….but in the sense that it’s organic (guitars, not turntables) and inspired by the songs and styles of American heritage.

    We really feed off the energy from the audience and want everyone to feel part of the music. Music is for bringing people together and sharing. We may count to 4 and play the instruments, but dancing and singing is all ages and all in.“

    www.theevolvrs.com
  • kinktide-publicityphotoEarth Central is thrilled to present the return of Sydney's premier Reggae/Ska/Dub/Roots Band

    KING TIDE

    + local support One Jonathan

    Friday 22nd Jan
    Kantra House
    431 Avoca Drive  
    Green Point
    Central Coast
    Doors Open: 7.30pm
    Tix: $15 +BF
    Food & Drinks available
    Inquiries: 0423 586 175 or 4369 1528



    King Tide formed out of Thursday night jams on the floor of Bondi’s Beach Road Hotel just 5 years ago. Ever since, they have wowed festival audiences with their live performances, blending dub, reggae, ska, roots and dancehall seamlessly into fun, energetic sets for the whole family. Chill out on the grass or dance the late afternoon away as evening approaches.

    King Tide have crystallized their niche in the music world, starting out as a collective jam band and progressing to a fully-fledged, slickly-packaged reggae powerhouse that are taking the festival circuits by storm. What could uncreatively be described as ³Byron Bay music² is a potent and vibed-out blend of Marley-esque sunny ska, 70¹s soul and a very Australian melodic pop sensibility.  Tony Hughes¹ squeezed, husky vocals are the centrepiece of the ensemble, his flambouyant posturing and socially attuned lyrics speak to us like the voice of a weedy pastor, revelling in the immense gospel sounds created by the band. This being their fourth album, it¹s a detailed and glossy affair  produced by the three mainmen Hughes, Paul Snatch and Ross Fotheringham themselves, they seem happy in the kaledoscopic blend they¹ve concocted.  These guys know they¹re onto a good thing, and their buzzing fanbase should keep them afloat for a long time, continually wooed by their overtly positive mantras;  ³we got everything we need in the palm of our hands, we just got to keep on lovin¹.²

    www.myspace.com/kingtidesydney

  • Join us this Friday night - Dec 4 and celebrate the start of the holiday season with the Brackets and Jam crew high up on top of beautiful Kincumber Mountain?

    It’s time to spread that blanket out on the reserve and soak up the warm evening and enjoy another fun night of eclectic music, entertainment, huge drum jams, good vibes and fantastic food overlooking beautiful Brisbane Water. We will again be featuring some more fantastic performers and another lovely selection of meals served by our hardworking kitchen volunteers. So whatever the weather, bring a friend, a smile, a drum, a blanket or a chair to sit on and a torch to light your way and treat yourself to what is still one of the cheapest and best night out on the Coast.

    This months line-up:

    Trudy_NewellNeil Smith: from Ettalong Beach on the Central Coast Of N.S.W     Neil is the Singer/songwriter for the band Mad Clown Disease formerly with the bands JaNaC and Good Question (Sydney) as well as solo performer. He has been playing/writing for over 20 yrs and When not Punking it up or Acoustic with MCD plays solo Acoustic around the Central Coast. Coastfest, The Peat’s Ridge Festival, Brackets North & South are just some of the places where his mellow style has been played. Playing both Originals and some of his Favorite Covers the music comes from the heart and is a pleasure to listen too.

    Trudy Newell: an enchanting blend of melodic folk & acoustic eccentric pop.. infused with suble blues and tasty hues of twisted rock, this unique feast is sure to satisfy the cravings of bodies who like to watch and tantalize the musical palettes of ears everywhere.. BE PREPARED, Be entranced by rhythm, attracted to rock and intimately enslaved in sound.. BEWARE.. You will want more of this music!! CONFESSION&DENIAL : sinfully soundfull!

    30 year old Sydney bred songsmith / drama queen, Trudy Newell has been making semi-charming sounds since 2000, when she wrote her first original song, and this daring melodic mistress hasn't quit yet.
    From guts to glitz, it's all neatly compiled into a petite package of intriguing proportions.
    Friends and fans alike are left with the same desperate complaint.. " I can't get that tune out of my head.."
    http://www.myspace.com/confessionanddenial

    FIRST DRUM JAM: Bring your dancing feet, drum, rattle or whatever and join in our famous and frantic jam.

    SunPilots1The Sun Pilots: Original Indie Rock 4 peice from Sydney featuring Raj Siva-Rajah - Vocals,  Bob Spencer - Guitar,  Justin Kool - Bass Andy Nielsen - Drums

    The Sunpilots’ released their debut album Living Receiver late last year, earning the band an ‘Indie Album of the Year’ and two ‘Indie Album of the Week’ awards from music press. Described by one journalist as “poetic rock with the energy of Pearl Jam and the dark undertone of Radiohead”, tracks from Living Receiver have aired on radio (Triple J, FBi, RRR, PBS, 4ZzZ and RTR) and TV (Rage, Channel V, Video Hits) around the country.

    This laid the foundation for three Australian tours, an iTunes Single of the Week and a MusicOz Producer’s Award. The Sunpilots have also begun turning heads overseas, with several tracks being picked up by college radio in North America. The resulting buzz has led to a Best International Artist award at the Toronto Independent Music Awards and an International Songwriting Competition and LA Music Awards nomination.

    In April this year, the boys headed into the studio and began writing and demoing for album no. 2. According to frontman Raj Siva-Rajah, “we’ve really started to figure out exactly what “our sound” is – and it’s evolved a fair bit from Living Receiver. The new tracks take more of a cue from bands like Pink Floyd, The Who, radiohead, Incubus...”

    The Sunpilots are taking a short break from writing in October / November for their 2009 Animals In My Mind Australian tour - which will give fans a preview of several new tracks from the yet unnamed sophomore album. Then it’s on to Asia for a run of festival dates, followed by Europe for some extended international touring.

    "If soaring rock adheres to your taste, then The Sunpilots will appear as something of a revelation to you. With their debut album Living Receiver, the Sydney quartet has delivered a solid album fit for stadiums. INDIE ALBUM OF THE WEEK.” The Brag, Sydney

    "Poetic rock with the energy of Pearl Jam and the dark undertone of Radiohead..." Soundscape Magazine, USA

    "A beautifully crafted rock album - 4 stars.” Reverb Magazine, Newcastle

    "The Sunpilots could sway stadium crowds if their stagecraft is any match for their strong musical sense of drama and dynamics. There's certainly enough passion in singer Raj Siva-Rajah's delivery, particularly in the psychodrama of Medicated Shell." The Drum Media, AUS

    "The Sunpilots sent shivers down my spine." Musikmantra, UK


    www.sunpilots.com.au


    FINAL DRUM JAM: Stay late and see the evening out with the spirit of the dance and drum! Enjoy a little more space to dance to the powerful beat of the drum.

    Where: Kincumba Mountain Reserve
    When: Friday 4 December @ 7:00pm
    Admission: $10 accompanied children under 14 FREE

  • Look out for the B&J crew at ths years Peats Ridge Festival, there is an awesome line up of performers however make sure you take those drums and join us for a whole host of drum and dance workshops and Jams at the Drumming Yurt.

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  • Love-Buttons-FlyerWhat a line- up of films this weekend at the Avoca Beach Theatre

    The Avoca Beach Theatre has been inundated with great films which has made it very difficult to decide the final programme which is now available on or web page and at the Theatre.  Each session is just $8.50 & will be jam packed full of surprises.  We have extended to four great days of films, each day with it's own excitement and highlights, to try and include as many films as possible. You will be proud to be a part of the Central Coast!  To celebrate we wanted to be able to give you a small souvenir gift, so we will be offering a free movie poster to each patron of the Festival from our extensive archive of posters.  Come and rummage...you may be surprised at you may find…

    Make sure you catch "Love Buttons", a film by Brackets very own Bev Callow and featuring James Daley and Lee Hardisty on sax >>

    For Bookings contact the Avoca Beach Theatre
    BEST  INDEPENDENT  REGIONAL  CINEMA  IN NSW 2008
    Info Line: 43 821 777; Reservations: 43 821 677
    www.avocabeachpicturetheatre.com.au

  • We're all set to rock the mountain this November with a special journey of Folk from East to West

    Join us on Friday at 7.30 for another great line up of local talent, blissful food, friendly faces and community fun. Bring your drums and join in the Jams, dance the night away or just kick back and enjoy.

    Our line up this month…

    paddytobins600x600Paddy Tobin. Would be sometimes is, sometimes isn't, but could be folk singer. Paddy has played open mike nights all over the place, had a brief residency at the Grand in Newcastle,( Monday nights! Cynics night!) Newtown cafe circuit and even the Sando once (the band failed to show) … "My credo is Australian stories. My music has been variously described ,but mostly played or sung, and on occasions just banged along to. The style has been called zenpunkcountryandfolkwestern by marketeers, but I just call myself Paddy Tobin. " Paddy's music is Instrumental to Lyrical, with the accent on complexity and diversity of voices through spontaneous audience participation, and empathy.

    Paddy has an ep online - check out samples here

     

    sandra_email_swordAlexandra, Jasmin & the Belly Divas - Belly Dance. Tonight will be a special treat!  Alexandra from Desert Flame Belly Dance will be showcasing her latest dances in  the true Egyptian style, her gorgeous daughter Jasmin will  join Alexandra in an amazing sword duo & some of her Tribal students will present Om Om -  with new tribal moves sure to touch your soul!

    Don't miss this special performance - Jasmin has not performed here since her first ever solo   performance 9 years ago, when she was only 6 years old!

    Alexandra teaches belly dance in Toukley, both Egyptian & Tribal styles, with classes for beginners to advanced, and is an avid supporter of Brackets & Jam. See Desert Flame in our Artists Directory.

     

    ronsinclar-philkingRon Sinclair & KingRhythm have become one of the most popular duos on the Central Coast live music circuit. For the past few years their energetic acoustic rock performances have delighted music lovers at the Bateau Bay Hotel beer garden once a month on Sunday afternoons, as well as at many other public and private performances.

    Ron Sinclair is a well respected performer who has lived on the Coast for many years, building a repertoire of hundreds of great songs, ranging from the 50's all the way up to contemporary artists' hits from Green Day, Ben Lee & Alex Lloyd. Ron has shared the stage with some of the Coast's most famous performers as well as holding residencies at some of Sydney 's best live venues.

    KingRhythm, aka Phil King, has been playing hand drums much of his life & regularly performs with popular artists all over the country. Phil combines his unique style of playing Djembe with contemporary music styles, performing intricately textured rhythms that take the listener on a journey of spiritual proportions.

    Phil has played a number of major Blues & Music Festivals, sharing the stage with the likes of Chris Wilson, Matt Corcoran, Pete Cornelius, Phil Emmanuel & Phil Manning, as well as opening shows for popular artists Richard Clapton, Jimmy Barnes, Diesel & IOTA, capturing the attention of audiences with the spirit & energy of his drum. Ron Sinclair & KingRhythm's popularity has resulted in the duo being booked for dates as far away as the following year, performing at lots of private functions, as well as playing at local Central Coast venues such as The Kendall Bar (CC Leagues Club) & The Entrance Waterfront.


    The Summerland Kings are a lively and extravagant party band offering a unique live show and musical experience. This classy band plays Jump/Swing, Rhythm & Blues, Country/Country Rock and Rock ‘n Roll/Rockabilly covering a huge range of music, from the obscure, to the well known covers, plus their very popular original tunes.

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    The Band:
    Savour the upfront singing and guitar work of ROSS McGREGOR (2002 Tamworth Star Search winner for his CD ‘So Long Mama’)

    Witness for yourself the harp playing, conga & vocal ability of This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Son of the great Tex Morton).

    Walk the bass lines, feel the drumming, hear the guitar and enjoy the silky vocals of that master bassman Terry TEZZ Carlan.

    Groove to the hot guitar rhythms and keyboards of ‘Hilly’ Dave Hill while listening out for his laid back vocal abilit

    Gordon ‘The Skipper’ Schubert was born to play drums. The ‘Skipper’ is the rock solid backbone of this fine band.

    And of course don't forget the Famous Brackets Drum Jams at 9.00 and then again at the end of the night

    Entry just $10 - accompanied children under 15 free

  • Brackets and Jam North at Lake Munmorah

    As the summer ends so do the B & J markets however...... the shores of Lake Munmorah will still be host to fantastic entertainment and community spirit  this winter at Colongra Bay Reserve. The  lake will be alive with the usual vibes of great music and the soulful beat of the drums. All for a low entry fee of adults $5.00 & children u/16yrs free. The     B & J kitchen will have vegetarian meals at affordable prices & of course the famous B & J chai to help keep away the winter chill...


    Saturday Apr 10th
    Saturday May 8th
    Saturday Jun 12th ....  special free event see details below
    Saturday Jul 10th
    Saturday Aug 14th

     

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    Put these dates in your diary - for more information call

    Andrea on 4397 2226


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    The FIRE is calling...will you come?

    We live in a world where it is so easy to become immersed in the busyness of our everyday life. Taking time out to be out in the bush with our feet connected to the earth, our hearts open, our heads touching the stars above allows our spirit to soar, to transcend everyday life and remember the sacredness that we are. As we see it in ourselves so we see it in everything. In this way we transform the world, one heart by one heart.
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    “Building strengths of the community through the application of
    Arts & Culture”

    Celebrate the scale and diversity of creativity and join with colleagues to explore the potential of artist and community collaborations to benefit life on the Central Coast NSW.

  • salsa_-_performanceIf you enjoyed Obed's recent Salsa session at B&J or missed out on the fun, there is still chance to catch a class at the Rhythm Hut…

    Learn the basics of salsa & merengue dancing with Obed. Experience the joy with dancing & drumming on the happy, uplifting notes of Latin American music! Beginners welcome!

    The Rhythm Hut
    Wed 6th and 13th October
    7pm
    $15
    No partner or experience necessary.


    Check out the video!

  • Love and Serendipity are a New Age Development and Learning Centre situated in Gosford and they are going to be holding Chill Out Sundays once a month at the centre and are looking for suitable artists.

    Chill Out Sundays are about sharing an afternoon of entertainment with friends and family in a relaxed atmosphere. There will be a variety of entertainment from music through to juggling or stand up comedy, as well as readings and healings available on the day.

    The first Chill Out Day will be Sunday 18th October 12pm to 4pm.

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    Featuring entertainment from local Folk artist Gilbert Whyte followed by World dance band favourites Azadoota.

    Kincumba Mountain • Saturday 12th December

    This is a special celebration for the Brackets and Jam Community including members, business members, community group members and performers.

    If you haven't joined up yet do it today or you can join on the night but you need to let us know you will be coming along to celebrate with us at this very special time of year. Food and Chai will be provided, however we ask you to enter into the spirit of harvest time to also bring along some food or nibbles to share.

    GilbertWhyte-900Gilbert Whyte

    After the independent release of several acoustic albums in Western Australia, Gilbert Whyte has now arrived in New South Wales to emerge as a singer songwriter in the east coast music scene. The Scottish born musician has a fingerpicking guitar style derived from older style influences, such as Woody Guthrie, Nick Drake and Townes Van Zandt. As a prolific songwriter, Gilbert's back catalogue is a testament to his ability to draw inspiration from almost anything. Always the rambler when playing live, Gilbert loves to talk with his audience. His lengthy rants and rambles on life have come to characterise his cheerful performance style. Now playing regularly between Sydney and Newcastle to promote his 2009 album “Solo”, Gilbert Whyte is quickly earning a reputation for musicianship and heartfelt performance.

    www.myspace.com/gilbertwhyte

    Azadoota_900Azadoota

    Representing a tiny nation with a huge sound, Azadoota infuses Assyrian party music with Latin, African and Eastern European flavours.

    Azadoota is the creation of Assyrian singer/songwriter Robin Zirwanda. Robin was born in Baghdad, Iraq, where his father was a popular guitarist and singer. Growing up in a house full of music, Robin was destined to be a musician, but despite his father's best efforts to teach him guitar, Robin's passion was the drums. After migrating to Australia, Robin spent the early part of his career as a drummer and percussionist. In 1986, Robin toured with "American Pie" legend Don McLean, an experience that left him with a lasting impression. Robin describes how during the tour, enjoying lobster and caviar backstage, he asked Don McLean what it took to achieve such a high level of success in the music industry. Don replied, "You have to gamble on yourself, Robin". With those words echoing in his head, Robin started writing songs in his native language, Assyrian, and eventually Azadoota was born.

    Showcasing a diverse multi-ethnic line-up, Azadoota is a true hybrid of contemporary musical cultures, owing as much to Western pop as it does to its more exotic influences. In 2008 Azadoota released their first commercial album. Created with the goal of making music that breaks through cultural barriers, they named the album "Planetarian". The album received airplay on Triple J and Radio National, as well as on many local and community radio stations. And proving that music really does transcend borders, the album has been featured on radio shows as far as Sweden, Israel, Spain, the Netherlands and the Ukraine. After releasing the album, Azadoota was selected as a Top Ten finalist in the inaugural World of Music Awards. An international competition with a global panel of judges that reads like a who's who of World Music, the awards were billed as the most culturally diverse, multi-lingual music event in the world.

    "Azadoota in Assyrian means Freedom," says Robin, "and our band stands for freedom from cultural and ethnic prejudice. We sincerely thank the Australian people who have welcomed us here as migrants and embraced our music, allowing us to share a piece of our culture with them".

    www.azadoota.com

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  • Its time to spread that blanket out on the reserve and soak up the warm evenings on top of Kincumber Mountain on Friday October 9th for another fun night of eclectic music, entertainment, huge drum jams, good vibes and fantastic food overlooking beautiful Brisbane Water. We will again be featuring some more fantastic performers and another lovely selection of meals served by our hardworking kitchen volunteers. So whatever the weather, bring a friend, a smile, a drum, a blanket or a chair to sit on and a torch to light your way and treat yourself to what is still one of the cheapest and best night out on the Coast.

    This month we are featuring some of the wonderful performers from all over the country:

    raymizzi180Ray Mizzi:We are very pleased to present to you tonight a member of the original B&J organization from its early days in Sydney. After completing music studies in 1993, Central Coast Music was originally founded by Ray Mizzi in 1995 as ArtiChoke Music, a locally based outfit that performed in and around Sydney. From 1995 to 1998 Ray was the coordinator of Brackets and Jam, later in Alice Springs in 2005 with wife, Gabrielle, and baby daughter, Mia, went on to establish Jamnesia, a very successful performance night.
    He continues to develop as a vocalist / pianist and composer, with a wide range of musical styles, and a very broad range of songs through music history in almost any style. While at the same time being able to compose and record using state of the art technology and formal conservatory training obtained in 1993 in Newcastle. In June of 2008 Ray achieved top 20 in roots division on JJJ for his original piano Rockabilly piece, Don't Go Out Tonight.

    With a flexible range of styles, Ray offers convincing performances with a well developed lyric voice at his best in jazz croon or Motown scat, operatic aria or popular ballad.
    centralcoastmusic.com.au

    Paul Eagle:Just back from Western Australia, Central Coast musician, Paul Eagle has an incredible natural ability for writing songs which will not only captivate you but will inspire you mentally and spiritually. His music is always enjoyed. There is a certain quality within each song that leaves you feeling energized and uplifted. Inspired by LOVE Paul not only wants to free his own heart but the hearts of his listeners. Enjoy!

    www.myspace.com/pauleaglemusic

    FIRST DRUM JAM:Bring your dancing feet, drum, rattle or whatever and join in our famous and frantic jam.

    gen-little-320Genevieve Little and Adrian Kyneur:A soulful musical style with inflections of jazz and alt-folk across an eclectic repertoire, Gen presents a voice that commands attention with its unique blend of strength and fragility.

    A musician from the age of six, performing artist from the age of eight, songwriter at fifteen and amateur producer following shortly thereafter, there is at least one place Genevieve will always have a strong standing- and that is in the music industry.

    Performing regularly both nationally and internationally for a number of years, Little has been challenging the strengths of her songwriting by diversifying her experiences and exposure to audiences across the globe. In 2007 she completed a world tour through North America and Europe, performing in venues across ten different countries including New York's infamous Crash Mansion and The Bitter End, and Paris's Australian Embassy.

    Upon return and through 2008 Little embarked on a National Australian tour supporting Mushroom Music's Blanche DuBois through Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart and Adelaide, and many smaller scale tours. Having supported a number of international artists such as Kasey Chambers, Deni Hines, Christine Anu, Diesl, Tyler Hilton, Wendy Matthews and Chaka Kahn, this beach-born songstress continues to secure her position in the music industry by complementing her passion for composing and performing by pursuing a professional place the producer's seat. Currently completing a Master's degree in Audio Production and having just returned from a year abroad in the United State's musically prosperous city of San Francisco, Little let's nothing stand in her way of her passion for sound.

    Gen is joined tonight by a familiar face from the Coast, Adrian Kyneur. You will have seen Adrian playing his cool percussion in various guises over the years. Tonight the rhythmic beat of Adrian's percussion will beautifully compliment the subtleties of Gen's folksy, jazz inspired voice .

    Gen's EP, "Fire from the Sky" is available nationally throughout Australia in any leading music stores as well as iTunes in the digital domain. Scheduled to re-enter the studios for her long-awaited LP, Little's work represents both the culmination of years of development as a musician and the birth of a recording artist and producer destined to leave her mark on the world.

    www.myspace.com/genevievelittlemusic

    FINAL DRUM JAM:Stay late and see the evening out with the spirit of the dance and drum! Enjoy a little more space to dance to the powerful beat of the drum.


    DON'T FORGET TO VISIT LARRY AND KIM ON THE MERCHANDISE AND INFORMATION STALL. Those guys know everything!

    Parking on the mountain is limited. Once the car parks are full you will be asked to park your vehicle at the bottom of the mountain and then to await the bus to the top. Upon leaving for the evening we will whisk you back down to your cars. We have security guards and Brackets volunteers on the gate to assist you. Please be patient!!


    We would also like to ask inform parents that under age patrons must be under the direct supervision of a responsible adult for the duration of our event. Young patrons should also be aware that bags WILL be searched and any alcohol found will be removed.

    Thank you for your cooperation and patience in helping us to continue providing one of the most successful community run arts and music events on the Coast.


    Our Brackets events are created for the whole community, so get involved as a performer, a volunteer, or come along and be part of our audience. Any help you would like to offer on the night would be greatly appreciated. Our events are entirely volunteer run so the more help we get the better!

    NEXT EVENTS: B&J NORTH: October 3rd


  • thumb_thedrop-600After a turn out of over 300 for their August 15th launch, Brackets and Jam will continue bringing you family friendly, multi arts events in Newcastle on the third Saturday of each and every month at the Newcastle Community Art Centre's Black Box Theatre.

    An amazing lineup of local talent in September will feature performances from female soloist Little Cullen, the harsh yet melodic Rum Corps, percussion group The Drop and the James Buckingham Experience who promise to put you in a happy place.

    Remember to bring along your djembe to join in the evening's massive drum circles. Market stalls will serve up tasty dinners as well as offer locally made produce and hand made bargains.

    Brackets and Jam are so proud to be now embracing Newcastle and with so many of the current crop of artists heading for big things, make sure you're at the Black Box on the 3rd Saturday of every month so you can say you saw them before they were big.

    Saturday September 19th
    5pm-10pm.
    Entry for adults is just five dollars with children under 16 free.

  • gen-littleOn Saturday Sept 5th, the shores of Lake Munmorah will come alive withBrackets & Jam.

    ...Be entertained by the finest music and cultural entertainment around...
    All in a magnificent & family friendly environment by the lake...

    Brackets & Jam kicks off at 6pm
    $5 Adults...Children Free


    A Stellar lineup of Performers...

    Cam Mackellar  www.cammackellar.com
    Genevieve Little www.myspace.com/genevievelittlemusic
    Dan Ford & The Goods www.myspace.com/danielfordmusic
    Desert Flame Belly Dancers


    HUGE DRUM JAMS & DANCING

    Walk ons and fire dancers most welcome.
    Our Brackets events are created for the whole community, so get involved as a performer, a volunteer, or come along and be part of our audience. As always our hard working kitchen volunteers will be offering lots of tasty and healthy morsels, so come treat yourself to dinner at sunset, overlooking Lake Munmorah . Brackets and Jam is all about inclusion and creative diversity, whilst supporting a sustainable environment. We are particularly interested in the participation of members of our arts and cultural community who are interested in performing or presenting short pieces in between our bands. Poets, actors, performers, story tellers are more than welcome to share their talents.

    Lake Munmorah Community Hall,
    Colongra Bay Rd, Lake Munmorah
    Rain hail or shine it's happening, SEE YOU THERE.
    For more info -
    www.bracketsandjam.com.au
    www.myspace.com/andrea_bandj
    Andrea 4397 2226
    Glenn Cannard 4399 3755
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    The right for women to choose to birth their babies at home with a known Midwife is being abused by the Federal Government with its new Bill. This Bill excludes Midwives from attending women, in their own home, during labour. Please help us save this precious right of passage for women that choose homebirth even if this is not your own choice. It is imperative that The Art and Science of Midwifery be preserved.

  • thumb_sangeet600Join us on Friday September 4th for another fun night of eclectic music, entertainment, huge drum jams, good vibes and fantastic food overlooking beautiful Brisbane Water. We will again be featuring some more fantastic performers and another lovely selection of meals served by our hardworking kitchen volunteers. So whatever the weather, bring a friend, a smile, a drum, a blanket or a chair to sit on and a torch to light your way and treat yourself to what is still one of the cheapest and best night out on the Coast.

    This month we are featuring some of the wonderful performers from all over the country.

    Lineup:

    Ananda Robert: Local singer songwriter with a soul.

    SANGEET AND FRIENDS: We are very lucky tonight to be able to present, once again, a true travelling master of his craft and an old friend of Brackets and Jam. Those lucky enough to have witnessed a performance by Sangeet will testify to his virtuoso mastery of the classical Indian sitar. Sangeet travels the country performing and has, in the past, been a crucial part of several recordings by popular exponent of New Age, Healing, World, Fusion music, Tarshito from the Northern Rivers area of NSW. Sangeet's music is the ideal accompaniment for an evening on the mountain.

    FIRST DRUM JAM: Bring your dancing feet, drum, rattle or whatever and join in our famous and frantic jam.


    okapiOKAPI GUITARS...are a Sydney band playing African music ranging from Zimbabwean chimurenga styles to Kenyan classics as well as Tuareg desert blues and Nigerian Afro-beat.

    As a band and as songwriters, they have been committed for years to promoting
    Third World issues and presenting anti-racist and anti-war messages through their lyrics. Band members have performed African music for over 20 years and have links to the local African community.

    They recently played their Zimbabwean-style electric guitar music to the Zimbabwean community in Sydney as support band for the legendary Oliver Mtukudzi during his Australian tour last year.

    The Okapi Guitars usually perform as a 4-piece dance music outfit with electric instruments but have also often performed in an acoustic constellation. The members play two guitars, bass and drums. Other recent performances include the National Folk Festival and Coastfest in 2008, and the "Small Day Out" at Girrahween Park (Wolli Creek) in January 2009.

    "Excellent, African-pop music that combines a progressive sort of jazzy reggae/island pop with lots of shimmering guitars, clean melodies, dancing counterpoint and rock solid beats.. .Outstanding!"

    (Bryan Baker, GAJOOB magazine)

    FINAL DRUM JAM: Stay late and see the evening out with the spirit of the dance and drum! Enjoy a little more space to dance to the powerful beat of the drum.


    DON'T FORGET TO VISIT LARRY AND KIM ON THE MERCHANDISE AND INFORMATION STALL. Those guys know everything!

  • A B&J favourite, catch the last coast show for a while from the great......

    PHIL EDGELEY

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    "CloseUp'n'Classy"

    with Special Guests

    Slide star songwriter Phil Edgeley (guest of Ian Moss, Tex Perkins, Jeff Lang, The Backsliders) is saying farewell to the Central Coast for a spell. Catch him whammin' and jammin' his mindbender brand of British folk blues as he brandishes his tricone axe at his own last show in a bareboard bash on

    SAT, 19 SEPT doors open 6.30pm

    Show starts 7pm to 10pm

    Come and toast the jam?

    @ Uniting Church Hall, Picnic Pde, Ettalong

    ADMISSION:$8 includes light refreshments

  • Our 2009 Annual General Meeting took place at 2.15pm on Sunday 26th July on Kincumba Mountain. Attendance was low but with the amount of sickness around and a number of apologies due to other commitments we had a livli meeting which was kicked of by our usual AGM BBQ.

    The newly elected committee for the 2009/2010 financial year is

    John Roberts - President

    Craig McMullen - Vice President

    Tim Green - Secretary

    Kelli Mason - Treasurer & Public Officer

    Colette Baron - Committee

    Glenn Cannard - Committee

    Nick Baron - Committee

    Tome Accounting Services - Organisation Auditors [Pro Bono]

    Following the AGM it was agreed that the next meeting, as planned, would be the August quarter Joint meeting where members from Newcastle, Wyong and Gosford groups attend to raise any matters affecting the group as a whole. An agenda will be distributed shortly to all potential attendees.

  • african_dance_x4Brackets and Jam opens it's doors to Newcastle and will launch a monthly sustainable event on the third Saturday of every month at Newcastle Community Arts Centre’s Black Box theatre, on Parry Street Newcastle West, kicking off August 15th, running from 5pm to 10pm.

    B & J Newcastle aims to improve performing arts in the Hunter by creating an expression space for musicians, dancers, drummers, poets and artists from all ages, all styles and all levels of expertise.

    With the massive amount of talent on offer in the region, our highly anticipated August launch will be merely a taste of things to come with our events in the months and years ahead continuing to host the regions finest established performing artists while providing an expression space for the vast array of extremely talented new artists currently emerging.

    Line Up:

    Our stellar launch line-up for August includes award winning guitarist Adam Miller, the engaging West African dance and drums of Jamo Jamo, Sydney band Girl Most Likely (featuring the homecoming of Newcastle’s own nationally acclaimed vocalist Sarah Aubrey), and recent Triple J Unearthed winners Like Alaska.

    Bring your kids and enjoy an evening of entertainment the whole family can attend. Entry is just five dollars each with children under sixteen free.

    Market Stalls and Drum Jams:

    Market stalls will offer locally made bargains as well as delicious dinners, drinks and snacks. Drummers old and new, bring your djembe and join in our massive drum jams.

    Brackets And Jam are so proud to be expanding into Newcastle and with so many of the current crop of artists heading for big things, make sure you're at the Black Box on the 3rd Saturday of every month so you can say you saw them before they were big.

  • The Rhythm Hut have a great line up of activities happening soon including, a full day of workshops and events on Sunday the 26 of July  plus two open nights on 28th and 30th of July

  • Whale Dreamers FestivalIs on this Sunday 05.07.2009 at Norahheadlighthouse

    • Whale talks (+sightings!) Jeannie Lawson
    • Guest speakers
    • Marine conservation displays
    • Living art, dance performances
    • Fund-raising sausage sizzle to support the Marine Discovery Centre
    • Live music – Inrhythm,  Dr Goodvibe, Rocwater (acoustic)
    • Refreshments available
    • OCCI’s origami whales
    • Lighthouse open for tours
    • Surfing Circle

    Further information:
    Nikki Freeburn, 0415 207 887
    or Roberta Dixon, 4385 9893

    Proudly supported by OCCI, Wyong Council, The Norah Head Lighthouse Trust and Brackets and Jam Central Coast

  • Desert Flame School of Belly Dance

    Happy birthday to us, happy birthday to us........happy birthday dear Brackets...yep, its our twelfth birthday this month.

    Why not come and join our celebration up on the mountain? It's cold outside, I know, but the atmosphere will still be warm and welcoming up on the mountain. Don't let the weather put you off, just throw on a wooly hat, grab a cup of hot chai and enjoy the varied talents of this months fantastic performers.

    Join us on Friday July 10th on Kincumber Mountain for another fun night of music, entertainment, good vibes and fantastic food overlooking beautiful Brisbane Water. We will again be featuring some more fantastic performers and another lovely selection of meals served by our hardworking kitchen volunteers. So whatever the weather, bring a friend, a smile, a blanket or a chair to sit on and a torch to light your way and treat yourself to what is still one of the cheapest and best night out on the Coast.

    Lineup

    This month we are featuring some of the finest new and established acts from around the Central Coast....

    Vera Grassecker: A Local singer/ Songwriter, Vera has appeared at Brackets, previously, with Brave Kitty. We now welcome her back for her first appearance here as a solo artist.

    Desert Flame: Back to enchant and delight, Alexandra from The Desert Flame School of Belly Dance.

    Based on the Central Coast of NSW for over 12 years, Desert Flame regularly perform at family and community gatherings, celebrations, corporate events and also perform and facilitate workshops at major music and dance festivals all over Australia's East Coast. They operate a large school, teaching in the north and south of the Central Coast, with advanced student troupes eager to perform.

    The Shane Romeyne SolutionShane Romeyn: local to the Central Coast Shane has been playing his style of acoustic roots music for many years around the coast, Sydney, NSW and QLD and many times at Brackets and jam which he has been an avid supporter of since it first year on the mountain. "After the cairn slowed down we looked at our selves and thought who are we ?what are we? why are we still here? Maybe looking to the bottom of a glass will find the answer SO WE TRIED, Well we found a new energy and feel to playing, a twist and a turn to honesty, we found a solution
    www.myspace.com/theshaneromeynsolution

    FIRST DRUM JAM: Bring your dancing feet, drum, rattle or whatever and join in our famous and frantic jam.

    THE LOVE HANDLES: Old favourites, The Love Handles, return to the mountain tonight to bring us another mix of classics sure to get our birthday crowd up and dancing.

    FINAL DRUM JAM: Stay late and see the evening out with the spirit of the dance and drum! Enjoy a little more space to dance to the powerful beat of the drum.

    DON'T FORGET TO VISIT LARRY AND KIM ON THE MERCHANDISE AND INFORMATION STALL.
    Those guys know everything!

  • clansimageBrackets & Jam Central Coast is pleased to advise The 13th Annual Gathering of the Clans is on again this year. Held as always in the NSW Central Coast town of Toukley on Saturday August 29th.
    The Parade of the Tartans begins at 10.30am from the Toukley Central Business District to Harry Moore Oval where a mass pipe band display opens the day's celebrations.
    Throughout the day there will be live entertainment, including pipe band performances and medieval displays. There will be craft stalls showcasing Scottish and local handicrafts. Clan stalls for those who would like to trace their Scottish heritage, jumping castle and slides for the kids with food and drinks available at the Oval.
    Celebrations continue into the evening with the traditional Scottish Ceilidh being held with the Lithgow Highland Pipe Band providing the Celtic music.
    Stall and parade information and applications available very soon, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details. Check out www.toukley.com for accommodation and related information.
  • 5land-skillionart5 Lands Walk 2009
    The 5 Lands Walk is on again for 2009, and Brackets and Jam will host part of the Finale to take place on Terrigal Waterfront on Saturday 20 June, commencing 3.45. Acts will include the 5 Lands band, Rocwater, Feature a Parade, art installation and other community involvement. To finish up there will be a big open Drum, percussion and Fire twirling Jam, so come along and get involved this Saturday.

    The Five Lands Walk is a cultural, physical and spiritual journey...click here for more info

     


     

  • FREE Acting Workshop in Gosford

    The celebrated independent Sydney acting college, the Actors College of Theatre and Television, is
    holding a free Acting Career Workshop in Gosford on Saturday 30th May from 10.30am - 1pm at the
    Laycock St Theatre, Gosford.

  • Check out all the winners of our regular Brackets raffles


  • The nights are getting a little colder now, however, the atmosphere will be warm and welcoming on top of beautiful Kincumber Mountain as we proudly present our monthly Brackets and Jam event. Join us on Friday May 8th for another fun night of music, entertainment, good vibes and fantastic food overlooking beautiful Brisbane Water. We will again be featuring some more fantastic performers and another lovely selection of meals served by our hardworking kitchen volunteers. Bring a friend, a smile, a blanket or a chair to sit on and a torch to light your way and treat yourself to what has to be the cheapest and best night out on the Coast.

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    This month we are featuring some of the finest new and established acts from around NSW. Acts include:

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    822485210_mHOMELESS YELLOW:  We are proud to present an interstate act tonight, all the way from Brisbane.
     The music from Homeless Yellow is laid back and relaxed. Early evenings are just the right thing for this kind of music. Just the right thing for relaxing after a stressed day. Homeless Yellow sounds like a laid back acoustic Gregg Allman or Neil Young, or possibly Kurt Cobain from Nirvana, with emotive vocals, and rhythmic guitar.
     
    http://www.myspace.com/homelessyellow

     

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    FIRST DRUM JAM: Bring your dancing feet, drum, rattle or whatever and join in our famous and frantic jam.

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    m_e8337ad25f5671e4190116649f570e13THE SUNPILOTS: WB&J are very happy to present tonight The Sunpilots,who slipped into public consciousness in 2006 with the release of their first 4-track EP. Despite being little more than a demo, the EP found its way onto the airwaves through Australian radio stations such as Triple j and Nova. A few months later, The Sunpilots were awarded a Musicoz Producers Award.

    A flood of online interest followed, leading to one of the largest MySpace fan bases in the country and the band’s first iTunes “Single of the Week”. The Sunpilots quickly become the most subscribed to Australian band on YouTube and one of the top 100 most subscribed to bands worldwide.

    When The Sunpilots finally released their debut studio single ‘Spotlight in the Sun’ in May 2007, the band was completely unprepared for the response. ‘Spotlight in the Sun’ became the #1 most added song on Australian radio. The ‘Spotlight in the Sun’ music video became the most watched Australian music video on YouTube and aired regularly on Video Hits and Channel V. ‘Spotlight in the Sun’ continued gathering momentum throughout the year – and in February 2008 it became a top 100 most played song nationally.

    Success continued for The Sunpilots following their first national tour, with the band winning Radio Australia’s New Artists 2 Radio (NA2R) competition. As part of the prize, the band took home a national $150,000 radio advertising campaignwhich they used to promote their upcoming album Living Receiver.

    The Sunpilots released 'Living Receiver through their own record label in August 2008. The album was co-produced by Aussie producer Phil McKellar (Silverchair, Grinspoon, Kisschasy) and mastered in New York by Ted Jensen (Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance). A year in the making, Living Receiver is quickly becoming a must-have indie rock album. The Living Receiver national tour spanned 30 cities in 7 states and saw the band’s live shows described as “electric” and “stadium-worthy” by reviewers.

    The Sunpilots have also begun to turn heads overseas: winning Best International Artist at the Canadian Independent Music Awards and a Single of the Year at the LA Music Awards. The band was one of 15 rock finalists in the International Songwriting Competition (nominated alongside fellow Aussie rockers Eskimo Joe). Judged by the likes of Tom Waits, Julian Casablancas (The Strokes), Robert Smith (The Cure), Frank Black (The Pixies) and Joe Satriani, the ISC is the largest and most highly regarded songwriting competition in the world. A new track from Living Receiver entitled ‘Metric System’ was chosen by the judges as being one of the best of 20,000 entries from around the globe.

    lr_cover_300pxThe Sunpilots newest single ‘Drones’ is a high energy indie anthem about rebelling against society’s expectations… and the great Aussie tradition of sticking it to the man! With the 2009 March of the Drones national tour about to kick off, the new single hitting the airwaves now and a string of upcoming festival dates here and overseas, expect to be hearing a lot from The Sunpilots in the coming year.

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    FINAL DRUM JAM: Stay late and see the evening out with the spirit of the dance and drum! Enjoy a little more space to dance to the powerful beat of the drum.

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    DON’T FORGET TO VISIT LARRY AND KIM ON THE MERCHANDISE AND INFORMATION STALL. Those guys know everything!

  • On a very sunny Sunday morning a couple of weeks ago over the Easter break, drummers from B&J and Djembeat woke up the Easter Bunny with a short, loud and syncopated set. Having rehearsed hard they must have sounded good as they have been invited back again!

    The Village Markets at Mingara are held on the second Sunday of every month at the Mingara Club, Tumi Umbi and will feature the best of local, and not so local acts as well as many great stalls and other entertainment.

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  • On a very sunny Sunday morning a couple of weeks over the Eater break, drummers from B&J and Djembeat woke up the Easter Bunny with a short but syncopated set. Having rehearsed fhard they must have sounded good as they have been invited back again! The Village Markets at Mingara are held on the second Sunday of every month at the Mingara Club, Tumi Umbi and will feature the best of local, and not so local acts as well as many great stalls and other entertainment. 100_1274
  • 2791_68867082831_666237831_1592697_6759414_nDespite being a little tired from the previous night's B&J event a good sized group of eager students climbed the mountain last Saturday to learn from master drummer; Pape M'Baye.

    Pape's intensive instruction in a rhythm from Guinea was well received and was great fun to perform. It was also great fun to watch Pape's crew of drumers accompany us on the djembe and dun duns. In fact, at one point they were so entertaining that we forgot to drum ourselves.

    Pape's worskshops are great fun and I would advise anyone who is interested to take part should they have the chance.

  • Don't for get the CoastFest Crew Gathering this Saturday 14th March 3.00pm-9pm on Kincumba Mountain  for CoastFest members.

    We have some great entertainment planned, which will include a Belly Dance workshop, Music from some of our great CoastFest performers as well as a chance to have a Jam, so bring along your drums and other instruments.

    Food will be provided however please bring along a plate of nibbles to share and your prefered beverage.

    To help us with catering please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by no later than Wednesday 11th March.

  • img_0039Come and enjoy a day of drumming and dancing with Pape M'baye, Fode Mane, Yacou Mbaye, Lamine Sonko and Thaiss Mbaye, hosted by Brackets and Jam on beautiful Kincumber Mountain.

    The beaming smile of Pape Mbaye is as well loved as his wide musical talents. It's an infectious smile that seems to go hand-in-hand with the West African rhythms that lie at the root of his music.Arecognised percussionist (Sabar, Tama, Djembe, Bougarabou, Saorouba, Congas, and Timbalis); as well as a dancer, choreographer, teacher and Griot (oral history, tradition and culture teacher and exponent) Pape's enthusiastic teaching will be guaranteed to get you jumping!

    Bring a picnic lunch and drinks - BBQ facilities available

    10am- 12noon Drum Workshop

    12:30-2:30 Dance Workshop

    Cost: $30 Drum $30 Dance $50 both - Drum Hire available $5

    BOOKINGS call Tim Green on 0434433352

  • Raffles take place over 4 events and each venue takes turn to draw the raffle. All prizes are donated by Brackets members to enable them to promote their own products and services to other Brackets members.

    All money raised is utilised in covering operational expenses and servicing extraordinary expenses occurring from time to time such as supporting CoastFest, vehicle repairs or volunteer support.

    Raffle #1 was drawn at our Kincumber event held 12 December 2008.

    Raffle #2 will be drawn at our Colongra Bay event on 7 March.

    Please support our raffles as this is an important contributor to our ongoing sustainability.....

    Next Raffle…

    1ST PRIZE –

    Hand Made Spirit Drum made by Standing Bear

    Prize Value: $350

    2nd PRIZE –

    5 Belly Dance Lessons

    with Desert Flame redeemable in Wyong or Gosford

    Prize Value: $70

    3rd  PRIZE –

    1 HOUR HOLISTIC MASSAGE

    with ALTERNATIVE AWARENESS Remedial Massage, Sports,Trigger Point, Pregnancy, Crystal & Energetic Work, Aromatherapy, Cranio-sacral, Reiki.

    Ph:  Margaret Burns  0408 686 722
    Prize Value: $ 60

    4th PRIZE –

    Half Hour Psychic Reading

    At Gnostic Forest Chambers Place Woy Woy 4342 4466    
    Prize Value: $35

    5th PRIZE –

    Lunch At the Gnostic Mana

    Chambers Place Woy Woy 4344 1444

    Prize Value: $30

    6th  PRIZE –

    ‘Cassiya’ Poster

    Signed by group members at their performance at Brackets on 9th Jan 09.

    Tickets: $2ea or 3 for $5

    Raffle Drawn 7th Mar 2009 @ our Northern - Colongra Bay event.

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    All funds raised go Brackets & Jam  Inc. to support community building projects such as our chosen local beneficiaries, CoastFest and various other projects/events.

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  • bushfires2_412We would like to announce that any surplus funds from our combined Central Coast March events will be donated to the Victorian BushFire Appeal.  All money donated will go to the Australian Red Cross who have stated that 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the victims, and that there will be no administration costs incurred. Please support our March events and help us raise funds to help this worthy cause.

     

    ausredcrosslogoMeanwhile if you would like to donate you can do so directly via the Red Cross Website

     

  • certificate_presGreat news for our organisation we have recently received just under $15,000 for the purchase of some generators and expenses for  Brackets and Jam Inc. This is a federal government grant and we were fortunate to have received a proportionally high amount of funds from that allocated to volunteer organisations on the Central Coast.

    This grant will add some items that will make life a bit easier for our dedicated volunteers, allowing us greater independance when setting up at festivals and events.

    Colette Baron our grants coordinator attended a ceremony at Kulnura where Brackets and Jam were presented with a certificate from our Federal member Craig Thompson.

  • Once again I take great pleasure in stating that Brackets & Jam Central Coast Inc. has had a good year with positive outcomes for the Central Coast community as well as for the organisation. It has not all been smooth riding with a high level of administration being required to support the level of activity undertaken in the past year.

    Following is a brief synopsis of different aspects of the operation for the past year and for each aspect, a view of the future direction we hope to take in the following 12 Months (financial year 2008-2009)