Tweed?s hills are alive with sound of musical talent
By FRAN SILK
THE local music scene is buzzing, according to the owner of Murwillumbah music shop, The Buzz Bar.
Since he bought the business nine months ago, Steve Abram has supported the independently released CDs of artists from the Tweed region, and has been amazed by the diversity of home-grown talent.
His special display of local artists features CDs ranging from country to children's songs, Indian sitars to folk.
While Byron Bay may be the magnet for many artists shifting to the North Coast, Murwillumbah's green hills are certainly attracting a share of the talent, he said.
Artists include local blues artist James T, formerly of US-band Canned Heat, who is currently playing at the Woodford Folk Festival; Murwillumbah resident Alex Hood, well-known throughout Australia for his witty children's songs; and up-and-coming Murwillumbah country artist Robert Keith, who has just released his debut album.
Or then there's the Indian world fusion music of Soolaba, aka local artist Steve Doyle, who is part of a group blending sitar, tabla, synthesisers, flutes and vedic chants to create "Indian-flavoured grooves".
Mr Abram sells the artists' CDs without taking a cut.
"We don't sell that many, but it is something different and I think it's important to support the local artists," Mr Abram said.
"It's a kudos thing - they put in so much effort, we have to give them an outlet to sell their work.
"Anyway, what goes around comes around - they all shop here," he said.