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Newcastle Music Week 2006 Program

Monday, October 9th, 2006

Newcastle Music Week 2006Newcastle Music Week (NMW) is a one-week music festival that will take place from October 27 – November 2. The festival hosts a range of musical events in venues in and around the city which are expected to attract in excess of 5,000 participants.

Proposed Program (subject to change):

For more information visit myspace.com/newcastlemusicweek or the Newcastle Music Week Website.


Shining Isle Rock Opera

Monday, October 9th, 2006

Shining Isle Rock OperaFrom the producers of the sell-out season of Rent comes the locally written production of Shining Isle to rock the Civic Playhouse in October.

Using the energy of a live rock show, and the sentiments of an opera, the Shining Isle is an action, adventure, and love story about the battle between the forces of creation and destruction. From local writers Gareth Hudson (from The Good) and Nick Higginbotham, the musical shows a collision between the normally invisible world of the gods and the lives of today’s Newcastle teenagers.

The Shining Isle story was inspired by the living legends of Navajo, Hawaiian and Aboriginal people. In the rock opera, the creation ancestors of these three human families face the challenge of an ancient evil creature, Baba, who has broken free from 10,000 years of imprisonment in the underworld. They join forces to stop Baba’s rampage and his plans for Adenah, who is unaware of her heritage as the last Ghan maiden and her status as Baba’s chosen mate. The ancestors’ ageless love for humankind forces their reappearance in our world—but can they prevail this time?

Shining Isle stars Heather Barnes (The Good) and Adam Price (Cotton Sidewalk) as the local teenagers and Jenny Barnes (Opera Australia-Madame Butterfly) and Allon Silove (Adventures of Grubble) heading the world of the Gods. The production also features Peter Bird (Aroldytes Revenge), Paul Chegwidden (Oklohoma), Ron Haryanto, Marissa Saroca (Rent), Iolanda Merillo (Don Giovanni), Nathan Faulkner (Childern of Eden), Julie Wilson, Bernadette Lannen (Erin), and Luke Price and a strong cast of ensemble.

Presented by JJK Productions, Shining Isle is directed by Jason King (Rent and Children of Eden) and musically directed by composer Gareth Hudson.

Shining Isle opens with a preview performance on Wednesday 11th October at 8pm, with opening night Friday 13th October 8pm.

Performances then run:

  • Sat 14 Oct 8pm
  • Sun 15 Oct 2pm
  • Tue 17 Oct 8pm
  • Thu 19 Oct 8pm
  • Sat 20 Oct 2pm and 8pm.

Tickets can be bought from Ticketek.

For more information visit myspace.com/theshiningislerockopera.


Jazz Showcased at the 2006 ABC Newcastle Music Awards Night

Monday, October 9th, 2006

Central Coast Jazz entrant Dorian Mode, will be taking to the grand piano and stage of the Civic Theatre Newcastle for the fifth annual 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards Night on Friday October 20. Jazz is a strong category in the 2006 Music Awards, and the addition of Dorian Mode (who has reached international recognition with past musical works) provides the final ingredient for a sensational and musically diverse night of entertainment.

Already announced artists include ARIA nominated Roots band ‘The Audreys‘, explosive Rock outfit Lover, Ergo B Bag and his All Action All Stars, flamenco guitarist Gian as well as blues artist Ngariki and Emily Jane.

Along with showcasing artists, hosts Myf Warhurst and Brett Lavaring will welcome a bevy of guest presenters to the stage and recognise the talents of local Artists across twelve different genres. Ranging from Pop to Rock, Blues and Roots to Folk and Country to Instrumental, nominated finalists include past winners, first time entrants and a young artist who is also nominated for an ARIA Award.

Tickets are ON SALE NOW for the Newcastle Music scene’s night of nights at the Civic Theatre Newcastle. Tickets are $19.50 for adults and $15.00 for concession through Ticketek on (02) 4929 1977.

For further information and/or images please contact:

Kathryn Holloway – Awards Coordinator
Phone: 02 4022 1200 or 0412 771 042
Email: holloway.kathryn@abc.net.au


MurmuR – Live on YouTube

Thursday, October 5th, 2006

MurmuRMurmuR have released a video recording of their song ‘Selfish’ on YouTube. Thye video can be viewed online at youtube.com/watch?v=Iu-H-SZgUxA. The song was recorded live at the QUAKE II Festival at the Annandale Hotel on the 26th August, 2006.

The band have also posted some photos from the event on their website.

MurmuR will be playing the 2006 Mattara Festival in Newcastle Civic Park on October 7th at 6:00pm, The Clubhouse Hotel in Maitland on Sunday 15th October 2006 and at the Cat and Fiddle Hotel in Balmain on Saturday 28th October 2006.


Strikeback III Photography

Thursday, October 5th, 2006

Strikeback III hit the Newcastle Foreshore on Saturday the 30th September 2006. The organisers were blessed with fine weather, even if the southerly breeze was chilly at times.

A number of photo galleries from the day have been posted online.

The Punk Rock Show, which airs 11pm-1am Thursday nights on 2NURFM 103.7 is also producing a Strikeback III DVD which can be ordered in advance. Read more about the Strikeback III DVD in this blog post.


Xpozay Finals 2006

Sunday, October 1st, 2006

Xpozay 2006The Xpozay band competition has reached the finals stage. Winners of the heats were as follows:

Semi 1 – 28 SeptemberCadenceNgariki (winner) – RestoredPink Stik

Semi 2 – 5 OctoberVolitionMontana Fire (winner) – Lefta CentaFergus

Semi 3 – 12 OctoberTwo Thirds DirtyShattered MassLight Noise (Winner) – Virus Crawl (Wildcard Entry)

All semi finals will be held at the Queens Wharf Brewery and will be sponsered by NEW FM. The winners walk away with a major recording package in Sydney, a promotional package, musical equipment, Cash and a NYE showcase performance at The Brewery, plus much more … a total value of over $20,000!

The Grand Final was held upstairs at The Brewery on Thursday the 19th of October 2006 and featured Montana Fire, Light Noise and Ngariki.

Find out more at myspace.com/xpozaythebandcomp or http://www.eao.com.au/.


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