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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.

Posted on November 16th, 2004 in Artists

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