The Regional Sessions
Early bird tickets
This is a first-of-its-kind workshop for aspiring songwriters to go up a gear in creativity and technique, garner inspiration and motivation, foster connections and learn skills from some of the greats. The Regional Sessions will bring Australian folktronica singer/songwriter Sophie Payten, known professionally as Gordi, and Sydney-based singer/songwriter Ilan Kidron to town with more names to be added. Western Plains Cultural Centre on Tuesday June 15. Details and tickets at www.apraamcos.com.au with early bird tickets until April 28 unless sold our prior.
Ever wanted to have a look inside your local fire station. The Dubbo Fire Brigade will be doing firefighting demos, station tours and helping you with safety at an open day on May 15. You'll find that firefighters do far more than just fight fires. You can have a chat about how to make your place fire safe going into the cooler months. Saturday, May 15, Dubbo Fire Brigade, 102 Wheelers Lane, 10am-2pm.
Matchbook 30th Anniversary
It's hard to believe it's been 30 years since the classic Ian Moss album "Matchbook" was released. You'll have the chance to hear it - solo and acoustic - as part of a tour for the landmark. Matchbook generated such Aussie classics as Tucker's Daughter, Telephone Booth and Out of the Fire. April 23, DRTCC, from 8pm.
Road trip + This Week
The Whitlam's frontman hits the road with tales of the bush and driving to see a Man About a Dog. He will be at his piano with new and classic songs (Blow up the Pokies, No Aphrodisiac). Orange, Civic Theatre, April 24, tickets at premier.ticketek.com.au.