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Double Album Launch: SUZANNAH ESPIE 'Mother's Not Feeling Herself Today' + THE STETSON FAMILY 'True North'. Sunday 18th October, 7.30pm A superb evening of music: Suzannah Espie accompanied by Sean McMahon and Gleny Rae - such a breathtaking performance! Then a guest spot from Mullum's own Russian Men's Choir Dustyesky, as a surprise for Suzannah. The Stetson Family then took the stage and hit 'True North' winning new fans and making those who know very pleased they came to this gig. Up there, as one of the year's best.

Headlining this triple bill was the NT’s honey voiced, multiple award winning Dave Garnham & The Reasons To Live. www.davidgarhham.com

Jessie Vintila, (The Lucky Wonders, Raise the Roof Gospel Choirs) described by The Age as “a true singer”, did a lovely solo set, then was joined by Emma (Lucky Wonders) and Amber Weedon on a number of songs. www.theluckywonders.com

Opening the night, on his first Australian tour, was Leo Rondeau from Austin, Texas. His family lineage includes members of the Turtle Mountain Band of the Chippewa Indian Tribe, from North Dakota, where he was born. www.leorondeau.com

Don Walker and his superb band The Suave Fucks played Mullum - Saturday 5th September to the great delight of all in attendance!

Jimmy Dowling hit a high point with his opening set.

"This is some of the best organisation and promotion we've seen. Mary has great venues, great people doing production, and she knows how to promote the shows." Don Walker

Polka Dot Productions + Select Music welcomed Australian musical legend Don Walker and his superb touring band The Suave Fucks to Bellingen for the very first time.

The Don tours with some of Australia's most brilliant musicians: Michael Vidale bass, Hamish Stuart drums, Garrett Costigan pedal steel, Roy Payne and Glen Hannah on guitars and Don Walker on keys and lead vocals.

North Coast songslinger Jimmy Dowling opened this exceptional night of music.

Alt. country five piece Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel hit the road in June for a national tour to celebrate the release of their new single, Stumble in the Dark, their first studio release in almost 4 years. Their performance @ Club Mullum was riveting, fun and had many fans up dancing. The surprise of the night was Isobel Simms-James' superb debut opening set!

"The Mullum show was the highlight of our 'Stumble In The Dark' tour. Such a warm, engaged, fun audience. We were spoilt by our host, Sista Mary. It is so refreshing to play a show where you are really taken care of! Mary did an amazing job promoting our gig, ensuring we had high quality sound and a place to relax before and after the performance." Sal Kimber

The wonderfully talented Kristina Olsen and her cello playing side-kick Peter Grayling returned to Mullumbimby after a 4 year absence. Billinudgel local Andrew Morris opened this evening's performances.

“Mary Cannon and Polka Dot Productions are fabulous! Such loving attention to detail! It takes a lot of work to get an audience to turn out in the Byron Shire, and Mary did it with grace and elegance! From the perfectly decorated stage and a great sound person, to a very broad swath of publicity, including posters, radio, newsprint and emailing lists, a full house turned out and we had a blast!” Kristina Olsen

Canadian born, US resident Devon Sproule visitsed Australia (+ Mullumbimby) for the very first time. The wonderful Jimmy Dowling Combo graciously shared this gig with this unique performer: "It is futile to resist the charm of Devon Sproule. She freewheels through American folk traditions with unruly creativity and lyrical agility." Martin Jones, Rhythms Magazine

"Mary, thank you so much." Devon Sproule

"Mary C. lives and breathes good music and has been for decades on the trail of recorded and live music all ‘round the world. It runs through her veins." Jimmy Dowling

Tracy McNeil + The Good Life have a superb album out this year 'Nobody Ever Leaves'. They played The Courthouse in Mullumbimby with local favourites Mr Cassidy supporting.

"Mary Cannon lives and breathes music - this is a woman who knows her stuff. Her energy is endless and her down to earth approach makes her a joy to work with. With a focus on creating great live performances, respecting artists and having a bit of fun, Mary is a pro and her heart is always in the right place...where the good music is." Tracy McNeil

"You are the best Mary!" Bree Hartley (drummer in The Good Life.)

Marlon Williams + Melody Pool are two of the hottest young performers in the "roots music" scene in Australia/NZ. This wonderful pairing had the sold out crowd mesmerised @ St Martin's Parish Hall. Individually, then singing duets - this was a magical evening.

"A message to Mary (courtesy of The Everly Brothers): Thanks a lot for a fantastic show." Marlon Williams

Alt. Country favourites The Yearlings returned to Mullumbimby showcasing their stunning album 'All The Wandering'. Their friend Sara Tindley (she guests on the album) opened the show, then joined Chris and Rob, adding delicious harmonies.

“Love working with Sista Mary, she’s cares, and that says a lot these days. Her passion for music and knowledge goes headlong into her productions at Polka Dot and her enthusiasm is awe-inspiring. Anyone who does a gig through her can guarantee they are going to get looked after. All we can say is: Where’s the bus Mary? Let’s tour.” Chris & Rob (The Yearlings)

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