IN THE FAMILY: Skunkhour bassist Dean Sutherland with his father, acclaimed jazz guitarist and former Eureka macadamia farmer Ned Sutherland.
IN THE FAMILY: Skunkhour bassist Dean Sutherland with his father, acclaimed jazz guitarist and former Eureka macadamia farmer Ned Sutherland. Veda Dante

Bluesfest hits right note with Skunkhour

FOR Skunkhour bassist Dean Sutherland, performing at Bluesfest is not only a dream come true but also a homecoming.

The former Mullumbimby High School student, who recently returned to the area with wife Katie, said he was looking forward to performing at his old stomping ground.

"We were one of the first groups with strong roots in Byron shire to gain national and international acclaim," Dean, who is the son of acclaimed jazz guitarist Ned Sutherland, said.

After performing 1500 shows over a decade, the quintet decided to call it quits in 2001.

"Instead of ploughing on we all decided it was time," Dean said.

After a successful reunion tour in 2009 the boys decided to get together a couple of times a year "to have a blast and then go home".

Singer Del Larkin, who lived on the North Coast for eight years with his family, said Byron was always at the top of the band's tour list.


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