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Archive for November, 2004


Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Wolodymyr Dyszkant (DyMyR) has exhibited his passion for original music in Newcastle since moving here from the UK in 1999. Before coming to Australia DyMyR performed as a member of The Newcranes, where he began to develop his original acoustic, folk/rock style. In 2002, as half of the defunct duo The Lavender Hour, he won the Adult Contemporary section of the 2002 ABC Newcastle Music Awards with the song To See Me. He also made the top five in the folk category the same year with his song 1843.

DyMyR’s second album, Open City, was launched at the Salarium Space on Friday, August 28, which was reviewed by the Newcastle Herald.

DyMyR is supported by a versatile band of multi-instrumentalists, including Rendall Wagner, Tim McArtney, Nate Downie and Ben McIlroy.

Originally from the Blue Mountains, Rendall Wagner plays electric guitar, keyboards and saxophone. His debut CD Aum is testament to the versatile and diverse styles of this talented guitarist. Last month the Australian Music Online website published an interview with Rendall in which he discusses his influences and describes his musical journey. Rendall has made available some of his solo work on

Playing electric and double bass in the band is Tim McArtney who was formerly the singer/guitarist in prominent Newcasatle rock band 37. Since leaving 37 he has continued to write and record new music, with regular local gigs as a solo performer. In early 2004 Tim entered his song A Motion Picture into the Triple J Unearthed Competition.

Providing the band with violin, saxophone and guitar is Nate Downie. Nate boasts an amazing range of experience and repertoire. From big band to bush band, jazz to R&B, and funk to folk rock, Nate’s performing career has already spanned a decade in a musical feast stretching from Wollongong to Newcastle. Nate also performs regularly with local Irish folk/rock band Erin.

All of the members, including Ben McIlroy on drums and percussion, perform backing vocals for the band. Catch DyMyR and his band at Rock for Amnesty at the Civic Theatre on 26 November and at the Solarium Space on the 18 December 2004.

Rock for Amnesty

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Amnesty International Australia is holding it’s first ever fundraising rock concert at the Civic Theatre Newcastle on 26 November 2004. The aim of the concert is to raise awareness of Amnesty and some of their current campaigns, which include Violence Against Women, refugees and the Asia Pacific Campaign.

Vanessa Amorosi will be headlining the show and will be supported by Melbourne’s Brock Downey and local acts Dymyr and The Healing Art. All monies raised will go towards Amnesty International Australia.

The evening will be hosted by well-known actor/producer/comedian Rhys Muldoon.

Rock For Amnesty

Mickyfin EP Launch

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2004

Mickyfin are in pre-production this week with local film director Jim Lounsbury and Sydney-based cinematographer guru Anthony Jennings for their debut film clip to be shot on 35mm film this weekend the 6th and 7th November. The band will be launching the clip on Saturday 20th November at the Cambridge Hotel along with their EP Pieces in the puzzle which will be released through Tenderhook Records.

The night will see the Cambridge transformed into an alien landscape, University of Newcastle Drama students will perform the Russion play ‘The Night before the trial’. After the premier of Mickyfin’s new film clip, an interactive video will be accompanied by moody soundscapes and warped visuals performed by Joshua Bowyer and members of Mickyfin. The night will be rounded off with a performance by IOTA and the Lizard Men.

Mickeyfin EP Launch

Read more at Mickeyfin’s Homepage.

1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards Winners – 2004

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2004

Paperhalo and Foolproof were announced as joint winners in the Heavy Rock category for 2004. Paperhalo are no strangers to success at the Newcastle Music Awards, having taken out the Rock category in 2002 with their song Not Yet God and the Rock category in 2003 with Sexual Applause. Foolproof, who recently changed their name to This Shotgun Kiss, also prevailed in the Heavy Rock category in 2004 with the track Morning Sun (that turned our heart Ashes)

Julie Woodward‘s song ‘Come With Me’ won both the Country category and the Central Coast Broadcaster’s Choice award. Julie started out on keyboards and singing backing vocals for an original band in Sydney called ‘Last Exit’. Julie has since relocated to the Central Coast and released her debut album, titled Home which was recorded at Avoca by producer/guitarist Glen Hannah.

Local songstress Amy Vee took out the Pop category with Habit. Amy also performed at the awards as lead singer of dance outfit On

Other winners from the night were:

Find out more at the 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards Website or in this article about the 2004 awards night. A number of photos from the night have also been published in the ABC website.

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