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James Brown Tribute Show

Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

Pow Wow James Brown TributePow Wow present a James Brown Tribute Show at the Tighes Hill Social Club on Saturday 27th January 2007. Doors open at 8pm. $10 entry.

Pow Wow is doing a special show to commemorate the passing of the great soul and funk legend James Brown. Boasting Newcastle’s foremost funk, jazz and R&B musicians, POW WOW have entertained local funk and dance aficionados on their occasional gigs for many years.

James Brown has, of course been an influence both on the band and the individual musical interests of the Pow Wow posse, with members from Fish Fry, Pornskas, Pimp, On Inc, Belle Diva and Housequake . Each band owes some measure to the godfather of soul, either in their rhythm or their showmanship. And now its time for the big Payback.

Of course there will only ever be one JB and his show is beyond imitation, so Pow Wow will be working hard just to get the funky job done and give the crowd a soul review to dance to.

POW WOW are Andrew Wallace (trombone & keys) Stuart St Hill (Trumpet) Kim Pink (Sax) Ian Dunn (Guitar) Nic Cecire (Drums) Gina Collins (Bass) Justin Collins (vocals) with special guests Scotty Scott (Percussion & vocals) and Dave Kelly (Sax).

So if you are a fan of the JB funk or just wonder what all the fuss was about between Christmas and New Year when the Soul brother #1 joined the Nightshift, come and check out the James Brown Tribute by Pow Wow at the Tighes Hill Social Club on Saturday 27 January. Doors open at 8. $10 a ticket.

Amathyst Music Videos

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007

AmathystLocal 4 piece rock band Amathyst have released a series of videos online as a prelude to the launch of their EP on January 19th.

AmathystSince forming in 2002, Amathyst have have supported big name acts such as The Cops, Spazzys, Testeagles, Japunga, Cog, The Sleepy Jackson, Karnivool and The Follow.

The band has released videos for Scarecrow, Angels Without Wings, Wake Up and In My Hands through the popular YouTube website.

All four songs can be streamed from the band’s MySpace page at while Stab and Scarecrow can both be downloaded from the JJJ Unearthed Website.

Amathyst will be launching their EP at The Cambridge Hotel on the 13th January alongside Pestilent, The Hollow Cell and Skura. Nicholas Brodie has written a review of Amathyst’s EP for With The Band Zine.

The band will also be appearing on day 3 of Cambridge Fest 3rd of March and at an All Ages event at the Gallipoli Club, Hamilton on the 10th of March.

For more information check out Amathysts homepage at or their MySpace page at

Ngariki Releases Songs on MySpace

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007

NgarikiJustin Ngariki, the Newcastle based singer/songwriter/producer/multi instrumentalist and winner of the 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Artist of the Year award, has released three tracks, Remember, Animal and Fall, on his MySpace page at

Ngariki has over 15 years experience in the music industry and has toured all over Australia and through Europe in outfits of all shapes and sizes.

During 2005 Ngariki toured Europe as lead guitarist/musical director in the Dave Evans band.The Three tracks available are:

  • Remember – Ngariki plays all instruments except: Dave Bell (blues harp) Kane Starkey (backing vocals). Written, produced and mixed by Ngariki. Recorded and engineered by Bob Corbett and Ngariki.
  • Animal – Ngariki plays all instruments except: Marty Paget (drums) Kane Starkey (backing Vocals). Written, produced & mixed by Ngariki. Recorded and engineered by Lee Rolfe and Ngariki.
  • Fall – Ngariki (lead vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion) Paul Elliot (electric guitar, backing vocals) Dave Carter (bass) Steve Fuller (drums). Written, produced and mixed by Ngariki. Recorded by Mark Tinson and Ngariki.

Catch Ngariki at The Brewery on Thursday the 18th of January at 9PM and at the Northern Star Hotel on Saturday the 3rd of February at 10:30 PM.

Overdrive 2007

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007

UPDATE:Overdrive has now been moved to the 16th of February 2007.

Overdrive Date: Friday, February 16th 2007
Venue: Maitland Church Of Christ (Garnett Road, Greenhills, Next to the library)
Time: 7:30pm- 11:30pm
Tickets: $6.00

All ages, no drugs or alcahol, no passouts.


Novocastrian Music

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007

Newcastle based musician Dean Kyrwood as created a MySpace page at with the intention of showcasing the musical talent of Newcastle

Dean Michael Kearwood“Basically i’m doing this to share with anyone around the world that I’ve meet on myspace … to hear some of the hordes of talent I see and hear in this city” Dean Explains, “there’s a really diverse range of styles going on here, and a big percentage that I think are world class in their genres.”

Dean Kyrwood spent 5 years as the bass player, backing vocalist with Newcastle outfit Little Hornet, releasing five independent albums throughout that period. Since parting ways with Hornet, he has released an EP Aqua Profonda, which has been in the top ten numerous times on from 2000-2005. Dean was also a top 5 finalist of the 2005 pop category of the 1233 ABC Music Awards with his song My Friends.

Along with regular solo shows in Newcastle, Central Coast and Sydney venues, Dean has recorded his first full album with local producer Karl Brandstater.

Dean now has a full band (Dean Kyrwood and The Alternatives). Other members of the band include Sam Peterson (drums), Cain Horton (guitar) and Cameron Groth (bass) from the award winning band The Evening Son, formerly known as (Paperhalo.

Artists currently featured on Dean’s Novocastrian Music site include Ngariki, Amy Vee and the Virtues, The Common Code, Big City Exile, Amathyst and Draw the Line to name a few. Dean currently has the track “Still Make a Smile” by local band Lout embedded into the page.

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