Guitarist Jake Charron, Tim (fiddle) and Koady Chaisson (banjo) make traditional music seem ridiculously hip. Their shows are described by their fans as energetic and transcendent, and by their critics as technically brilliant and innovative. The trio out of Ireland (below) hits the stage at Tanks on March 31. Tickets are on sale January 16. Visit tanksartscentre.com g, f ll tilt This exhibition is the 12th National Ceramic Exhibition organised by the Cairns Potters Club Inc. Since 2005 the Cairns Regional Gallery has hosted this peak exhibition of northern Australian ceramic arts. Over the years, Melting Pot has highlighted current developments, trends and directions in ceramics and has attracted the attention of Australian artists and collectors. The competition and subsequent exhibition presents a diverse display of contemporary ceramics. Ken Thaiday Sr, Obery Sambo, Allson Edrick Tabaui, Yessie Mosby, Alick Tipoti. The practice of mask and headdress making is a long and enduring art form throughout the Torres Strait Islands. Before the Coming of the Light in 1871, when Christianity was introduced to the Islands, the production of ceremonial objects for use in elaborate ritual was common. Masks are still created today and used as a visual intermediary, connecting the living and spirit realms.