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Winners of the 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards 2006

And the winner is … ‘Ngariki’. There was not one person sitting in the room at the 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards last Friday night who doubted that ‘Ngariki’ deserved the accolade of ABC Music ‘Artist of the Year’.

Introducing Ngariki. His unique brand of blues/funk based rock (with healthy shards of pop thrown in), has put him in high demand during 2006. Named as the 2006 ABC Music ‘Artist of the Year’, Ngariki will receive the prize of a 6 track EP recording and release with ABC Music. He will be able to continue to develop his song writing skills with the support of ABC Music Publishing. In addition to winning the overall prize, Ngariki also walked away with the ‘Blues & Roots’ Award.

With a musical background spanning thousands of live dates from Tasmania to Switzerland, he’s seen the inside of venues from Entertainment Centres to the pubs on the corner. From the big halls of Europe to the trendy clubs of Sydney, Ngariki graced the stage of the Civic Theatre Newcastle on Friday October 20 delivering his spine tingling and gritty ‘Blues and Roots’ entry ‘Remember’ to the audience.

Clive Hodson, Board member of AIR (Australian Independent records) and judge for the ‘Artist of the Year’ Award said of his decision to award Ngariki, “There is a big uptake in the popularity for Blues and Roots music, Ngariki has hit it at the right time. I’m a great believer in time and place and I think the time and place is right for Ngariki”.

The awards night recognised 20 local artists for their efforts and played host to performances by Jazz musician Dorian Mode, Rock outfit ‘Lover‘, 2005 ABC Music ‘Artist of the Year’ winner Gian as well as a glittering and energetic performance by Ergo B Bag and his All Action All Stars. This event has definitely secured its place among Newcastle’s most anticipated events. It is pivotal in the cultivation of emerging and established original talent across the Hunter and Central Coast regions.

2006 is the second year for an Artist to receive the title of ‘ABC Music Publishing & APRA Songwriters and Composers Recognition Award’, however it is the first time that an artist will receive a $1000.00 cash prize (courtesy of APRA). Bob Pigott was the recipient of this prestigious Award thanks to his song writing style which fuses country and folk with a roots edge. Bob is a regular performer at the Tamworth Country music festival and is a well-known and respected local artist.

Please find the following list of 2006 winners.

For further information or images: Kathryn Holloway MOBILE: 0412 771 042 EMAIL:

Posted on October 21st, 2006 in Newcastle Music Awards

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