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1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards Night 2008

On Thursday 6 November 2008, the splendid surrounds of the Civic Theatre Newcastle will once again house the 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards Night. Eight stellar acts from Newcastle and the Central Coast will be travelling from near and far to commandeer the stage and weave a sonic tapestry that will span the musical spectrum. From sweet acoustic folk to the kind of rock this town does best, from hip hop to soul, from roots to a revival of 80′s pop, and from country to choirs as you’ve rarely heard them before, the stage is set to sparkle. Between the performances, there will be butterflies and excitement aplenty as the winners of the category and specialist Awards, the prestigious ABC Music Artist of the Year, the ABC Music Publishing and APRA Songwriter and Composer Recognition Award and the inaugural 1233 Tour Support Prize are announced.

The SeabelliesThe following Acts await you on Thursday 6 November:

It’s been a huge year for The Seabellies – since taking out the trophy for Best Alternative Song and the coveted ABC Artists of the Year in 2007, The Seabellies have recorded and released two singles through ABC Music, becoming one of the most played and requested bands on Triple J in 2008. They’ve been on the bill of festivals big and small all over the country, and will literally be fresh off the plane from some triumphant shows in New York and California, including the renowned CMJ Music Marathon with such acts as Roisin Murphy and Broken Social Scene. It is with great pride and joy for their success that we welcome The Seabellies back home to Newcastle and the Civic stage to open the show.

There aren’t many people who could claim to have Elton John as a fan of their work, but our own Catherine Britt is one of the fortunate few! From making her first album at 16 under the guidance of Bill Chambers to heading to Nashville and writing, recording and touring with some of the biggest names in American Country Music, Catherine Britt has become one of the brightest stars in the country music industry. Dividing her time these days between Newcastle and Nashville Tennessee, we’re very pleased to have managed to catch Catherine on this side of the world and invite her along to the Music Awards night, where she will grace us with a performance as well as presenting an award.

And it’s another ‘welcome home’ for the front man of Newcastle rock band The Humm! From fronting the popular Little Hornet to multi – ABC Music Awards category winners The Humm, Ty Penshorn has been a charismatic part of the Newcastle music scene. This year, Ty spread his solo wings and headed off to the States and the UK, and he’s making a flying visit back to Newcastle before starting a 15 month residency in Dubai in the Arab Emirates. This will be The Humm’s last gig for quite some time, and having their explosive energy and driving rock rhythms firing up the Civic stage will be a fitting farewell and Bon Voyage for them!

The urban poetry of Hip Hop has made a comeback to the Music Awards this year, and taking their finalist entries to the stage will be the crews of Urban Freeflow and Top Button Recordings. Working in, from and around The Loft Youth Venue, both crews have had their fingers in the hottest of the local Hip Hop pies, working with or doing supports for such acts as The Nameless Crew and Blades of Hades. Urban Freeflow have been building a solid live reputation and consolidating themselves as a crew, and Top Button Recordings serves as the umbrella for MCs Madman, Titanic and Damo, who collaborated for this year’s entry into the Music Awards. This will be a high-energy and passionate performance bringing the first half of the evening to a cracking close.

Finishing one’s drink quick smart and heading back into the theatre after Interval will be the priority if you’ve heard of the experience that is Rocwater. If not, you’re in for a real treat. This 5 piece band (on a quiet day) from the Central Coast bring with them an exuberant stage presence, catchy roots tunes and many marvellous music-makers, from mandolins to melodicas. They have been busily touring up and down the East Coast and into Victoria as well as local festivals to support the release of their debut album, which was recorded in a mud brick house on the top of Kincumber Mountain. Their sound is just as organic and free-spirited – with their folk-rock sensibilities mixed with a bit of soul and sounding like summer, Rocwater are sure to have you moving and grooving in your seat!

The image of the troubadour and his guitar, travelling the well worn paths between towns and festivals with the songs and stories of the heart and the wider world is embodied by Jason Lowe. Also just back from adventures overseas, Jason has notched up some impressive tour supports and festival performances for one so young; after shows at the legendary East Coast Blues & Roots Festival this year, Director Peter Noble singled him out as a true highlight and talk of the festival. Closer to home, the lead up to the Music Awards Night sees Jason in much demand at local events; with his finely crafted songs, beautiful and aching melodies and a voice pure with emotion and raw with passion, Jason will be a powerful presence on the Civic stage.

Gail PageShe is regarded as one of the finest blues singers in the country, she has several national awards under her belt, she’s toured extensively with some of Australia’s finest musicians, and these days lives on the Central Coast – she is Gail Page. Gail will be joined for this performance of soul and sound by fellow Coasties and Music Award finalists; award-winning producer Parris Macleod and members of world music ensemble The Reason to Breathe. They are all masters of their own crafts – internationally renowned didgeridoo player Mark Atkins, Tamworth’s ‘Golden Harmonica’ winner Christian Marsh, and ex-Taoyuan Philharmonic Orchestra’s first flute and acclaimed performer Wu Pu-Yu. The grand piano is tuned and ready, and this talented group of people will surely take you on a beautiful journey as the evening moves towards its close.

A Chamber Choir singing rock music? Since the advent of that television series ‘Battle of the Choirs‘, the traditional singing ensemble will never be the same again; and as the winners of that epic event, the University of Newcastle Chamber Choir under the meticulous direction of Philip Matthias are one of the most celebrated choirs in the country. To experience first-hand what happens when a classically trained chamber choir meets the power and pathos of one of the greatest rock anthems of all time, this colossal closing act of the 1233 Newcastle Music Awards is a musical adventure not to be missed!

Pulling all these marvellous threads of colour and sound together and taking you through the evening will be your Hosts; formerly known as Elle McFeast and now a regular feature presenter on ABC Local Radio, Libbi Gorr brings her wit and sparkle to Newcastle and joins forces with the irrepressible 1233 Breakfast presenter Aaron Kearney to be your masters of ceremonies, no doubt weaving some fabulous colours of their own!

1233 ABC Newcastle is proud to present the fruits of another excellent year of local original music, and to continue to provide this platform for recognising, supporting and promoting the many talented and hard working original musicians from Newcastle, the Hunter Region and the Central Coast.

Tickets for this night of Nights are on sale now through Ticketek (fees and charges may apply). Prices are $19.50 for adults, $15 concession and $10 for entrants (with discount voucher). Make sure you get yours – drop by the Civic Theatre Newcastle Box Office or call them on (02) 4929 1977.

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Posted on November 1st, 2008 in Newcastle Music Awards

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