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Archive for February, 2007

Newcastle Set To ROAR

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

The Newcastle foreshore will be grooving, jumping, swaying, stomping and rocking to the sounds of eleven local all women performances on Saturday 10th March 2007.

ROAR is a one day women’s music festival as part of this year’s International Women’s Day events.

Amy Newton BanksFeaturing a diverse selection of Newcastle women performers including Anousha Victoire, Cimatree, Bitchcraft, Equinox, Shanna Watson, Anacrusis, Girl in the Picture, Amy Newton-Banks, Kathy Francis, Shaaron Moore, Elizabeth Smyth, and Indigenous Dancers, ROAR offers something for everyone.

What: ROAR
Where: Newcastle Foreshore
Date: Saturday 10th March
TIme: 12 noon – 4pm

There will also be stalls, arts, craft, kids activities, food and music.

ROAR is a community event, everyone is welcome.

For more information please contact:

Lisa Ronneberg – 0407 891 650 or Michelle Picken – 0407 786 850


Sunday, February 4th, 2007


Sunday, February 4th, 2007

Blues Festivals

Saturday, February 3rd, 2007

5th Annual Newcastle Blues FestivalThe Newcastle region is more commonly associated with rock music, however there are a number of events featuring blues music throughout the year.

Fifth Annual Newcastle Blues Festival

The 5th Newcastle Blues Festival will be run on the 23rd, 24th, 25th of March 2007. The festival will be held at various venues including the Wallsend town centre, Wallsend Diggers, The Wheelshop Blues, Destiny’s on Nelson and The Minmi Hotel.

The Newcastle Blues Festival is organised by Spellbound Music Entertainment.

For more information about the 2007 Newcastle Blues Festival contact visit

Davistown RSL Blues Festival

The Davistown RSL Blues Festival will be held on the 31st of March 2007 at the Davistown RSL Club. The festival will feature international acts such as The Trevor Finlay Band some of Australia’s hottest touring blues artist including; Mississippi Shakedown, The Blues Bombers, Phill Edgily, Col Ray & The Scary Cats and Janet Levy’s good intentions.

  • What: Davistown RSL Blues Festival
  • Date : Saturday 31st March 2007
  • Time : 1:30 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Cost : $35 for adults and kids free
  • Location : Auditorium, Davistown RSL Club
  • Bookings/Contact : 02 4363 0199

Back to the Roots – Blues and Roots Festival

The Back to the Roots Blues and Roots Festival will be held in Wheeler Place on July 28th 2007 from 1PM – 10PM. This all ages event will feature over 60 bands across 7 stages and will be presented by Strikeback Music Inc the organisers of the Strikeback Music Festival and the High Voltage All Ages shows.

Artists can apply to perform at the festival and get more information at

Bob Hudson – The Newcastle Song

Saturday, February 3rd, 2007

Bob Hudson was essentially a folk singer, although the comedy monologues he incorporated into his act proved too much for the purists. Hudson came to the attention of ABC musical director Chris Neal who arranged for him to record the in-concert album The Newcastle Song. Chris Neal produced and played on the album. The album spawned the national #1 hit single `The Newcastle Song’/`Ventriloquist Love’ (March 1975), which had been edited down from the ten-minute album version.

The album is available for purchase from Press Play Music. The song was also previously available for purchase as one of the tracks on the compilation album triple j – Archive Range: 1975 available from the ABC Shop.

The songs lyrics describe the actions of novocastrian males driving along Hunter Street Newcastle. The car of choice is of course, the FJ Holden with “drive down Hunter Street in their hot FJ Holdens with chrome plated grease nipples and double reverse overhead twin cam door handles”.

Aside from its topical humour and catchy chorus, the song was an incisive piece of social commentary. Hudson had been performing the song for several years before recording it. Hudson wrote a straight novelty sequel to `The Newcastle Song’ called `Rak Off Normie’, which Maureen Elkner recorded. The single reached #6 in June. Folk/blues singer Margret Roadknight covered another of Hudson’s social-observations-set-in-song, `Girls in our Town’ (from The Newcastle Song) and scored a minor hit in the process. Hudson and Roadknight later toured together.

Hudson was reluctant to become a full-time performer, however, opting instead to concentrate on his job as producer/announcer for Sydney community radio station Double J (the precursor to the national youth radio network Triple J). Meanwhile, as a follow-up to `The Newcastle Song’, Hudson issued the album After Me Cat Left Home and the single `Waltzing Matilda Rock’/`Heartsmasher’. Hudson issued his third album, Party Pieces, in 1980. Since then, he has concentrated on writing and DJ work.

Update: 12/6/2007 Hear the song online at The song will surely be receiving a takedown notice before long, so get in quick!

Update 2: 15/12/2010 Here is a great video of Bob Hudson performing the song live on the Paul Hogan show

Divide and Conquer Tour

Saturday, February 3rd, 2007

The second show in the Divide and Conquer Tour at the Kurri Workers Club will be on the 11rd of Febuary. Bands performing on the night include Shutter, In Transit, Another Counting Day, Same Old Story, Indisperse, Minori, As Silence Breaks, Powerkill and Black Entity.

Tickets are $10 presale (from bands) or $12 on the door. The gig runs from 4pm till 10pm.

Organiser Jason Duerden has been organising gigs since late 2006. “The first show was in Cessnock at the Basketball Stadium”, Jason says, “it had an overwelming response with approximately 300 people attending … eventually my goal for this show will be a Taste Of Chaos type event touring Australia”.

Bands that performed at the first Divide and Conquer show were Fire In A Cup, The Ophelia Theory, Hysteria, Awaiting Freedom, In Transit, Darkest White, Harmartia, Black Entity. Cessnock based indie/rock band Shutter were winners of $200 prize money on the night.

Upcoming gigs in the Divide and Conquer Tour:

  • February 11 2007 – Kurri Workers Club
  • March 10 2007 – Soldiers Point Hall
  • March 17 2007 – East Cessnock Bowling Club (In conjunction with Teenage Kicks
  • May 12 2007 – Gosford RSL

Businesses interested in sponsoring the Divide and Conquer Tour can contact Jason at

Find out more about the tour at

Emily Jane

Saturday, February 3rd, 2007

Emily Jane was formed in 2005 when rhythm section Tori Spooner and Matt Bulluss joined the song-writing duo, Emily Hunt and Steve Askew, to form a rockin’ original band! Emily Jane’s most recent addition is keyboard player Adam Jones who teamed up mid 2006.

Emily Jane were the winners of the hotly contested adult contemporary category in last year’s 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards with their song Miss You. They were also nominated for the Rock category with their 80′s inspired track Wake Up. This has resulted in radio airplay and performing at The Civic Theatre Newcastle for the 1233 ABC Awards night on October 20th 2006.

Emily Jane perform regularly at The Excelsior Hotel in Glebe and have also performed in a variety of venues such as The Mandarin Club in Sydney’s CBD, The Commercial Hotel, Balmain and The Lass O’Gowrie in Newcastle, to name but a few. The band’s energy on stage makes for a great performance, which has appealed to their wide audience bracket.

Catch Emily Jane at the The Lass O’Gowrie Hotel, New South Wales on Saturday 24th February.

The Rhythm Lounge

Saturday, February 3rd, 2007

The Rhythm Lounge is a concept cafe/live music venue that will be launched on Feb 3 at 7:30pm at the the Morisset Memorial Hall, 77 Dora Street, Morisset.

Music on the night will be supplied by Rhythm Lounge House Band and Peter Healy. Healy is an award winning songwriter, poet and actor and has shared the stage with some of Australia’s finest blues & roots musicians, including Phil Emmanuel, Matt Corcoran and Phil Manning. Sample some of Peter’s music on his webpage at

The Rhythm Lounge is open til late so there will be an opportunity to dance and groove along later in the evening. Light refreshments available for very reasonable proces on the night. The Rhythm Lounge is an alcohol free event.

Entry will be $10 per adult and $5 per student, with children up to 10 yrs admitted free.

Jam For The Farmers

Saturday, February 3rd, 2007

On Thursday the 22nd of February 2007 starting at 8.00 pm Rusty Springfield will be holding a musos jam session at the Museum Hotel, West Wallsend. The aim of this jam is to help our farmers get through one the worst droughts we have seen. Entry fee on the night will be a gold coin donation or non perishable food items all the money & food items will go towards the Salvation Army’s Drought Appeal.

Jam For The Farmers is the first of a series of be held on the Last Thursday of each month at the Museum Hotel. Also in the pipeline is a series of Jams at other venues including one at the Wangi Hotel on Saturday the 17th of February 7.30 pm..

Rusty’s Acoustic Jam Night at the Mayfield Hotel is on hold for a while due to renovations.

If you’re a muso & would like to perform at Jamming For The Farmers contact Rusty on 04 0204 341 or on 4967 6895.

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