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Mark Wells Alt. Country Album Launch

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Mark Wells Enters New Territory With Alt. Country Launch At Lizotte’s Newcastle

Award-winning Novocastrian singer-songwriter Mark Wells will release his debut alt. country CD ‘Playing With Fire’ on Friday, 14 August at Lizotte’s Newcastle.

Mark WellsThe event will feature a live performance by Wells with a full seven-piece band, and will also include special guests such as 2009 Female Artist of the Year Golden Guitar winner Catherine Britt and Golden Guitar nominee Morgan Evans.

A number of Aussie Country luminaries perform with Wells on Playing With Fire, including Britt & the ARIA award-winning Bill Chambers (father of Kasey & founder of Dead Ringer Band).

“I’m really happy with the way the CD sounds,” said Wells. “I was lucky to have so many great musicians play on this record, and I’m twice blessed because most of them are playing at the launch too!”

Wells’ band includes ABC Newcastle Music Awards winners Ngariki and Bob Corbett, as well as local legends Dave Carter, Matt Gaudry & Brian Daly. Rounding out this great lineup is Wells’ good friend, multi-instrumentalist Jason Bone.

Bone also produced the EP for Wells, which saw him tracking a large portion of the songs live in the studios around Newcastle.

The alt. country flavours and textures on this release take Wells in to new songwriting territory, a long way from the pop-rock sounds of his previous work both solo and with Supersonic.

Wells does appear to have a flair for the country sound, having been awarded the prestigious Songwriter’s Prize at the Telstra Road to Tamworth in 2008. As part of his prize, Wells travelled to Nashville, Tennessee to work with US country music’s top songwriters and Universal Music.

“It was a great experience”, said Mark, “and those experiences helped me to find where I wanted to head with my songwriting. This stuff is raw, honest storytelling … but it’s great fun too!”

To hear the results of this Mark’s exciting musical journey, get along to the official release of Playing With Fire at Lizotte’s Newcastle on Friday, 14 August.

Kicking off the evening at 8:30pm will be Wells’ good friend and songstress Caitlin Harnett.

Bookings are essential. Book online at or link through Mark’s website at

  • What: Mark Wells’ Playing With Fire EP Launch
  • Where: Lizotte’s Newcastle, 31 Morehead St, Lambton
  • When: Friday, 14th August 2009, 8:30pm
  • Tickets: $10 each

Brackets & Jam Newcastle Launch

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Brackets and Jam NewcastleThe anticipation has been building and now, after more than a decade of success on the Central Coast, Brackets and Jam is finally here to embrace Newcastle.

This volunteer-run sustainable community arts event will launch on August 15th, running from 5pm to 10pm at the Black Box Theatre. The event will continue to run on the third Saturday of every month after the launch. The Black Box part of the Newcastle Community Arts Centre on Parry Street Newcastle West.

With the massive amount of talent on offer in the region, the August launch will be a taste of things to come. Events in the months and years ahead will continue to showcase the regions finest established performing artists while providing an expression space for the vast array of talented new artists.

The stellar launch line-up for August includes award winning guitarist Adam Miller, the engaging West African dance and drums of Jamo Jamo, Sydney band Girl Most Likely (featuring the homecoming of Newcastle’s own nationally acclaimed vocalist Sarah Aubrey), and recent Triple J Unearthed winners Like Alaska.

Bring your kids and enjoy an evening of entertainment the whole family can attend. Entry is just five dollars each with children under sixteen free.

Market stalls will offer locally made bargains as well as delicious dinners, drinks and snacks. Drummers old and new, bring your djembe and join in our massive drum jams.

Brackets And Jam are proud to be expanding into Newcastle and with so many of the current crop of artists heading for big things, make sure you’re at the Black Box on the 3rd Saturday of every month so you can say you saw them before they were big.

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Outstanding Talent Entered into the 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards

Monday, July 20th, 2009

1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards – on air – online – on song

1233 ABC Newcastle Music AwardsOriginal musicians in the Hunter and Central Coast regions went above and beyond with their musical offerings, contributing close to 400 entries for the 2009 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards.

Entries closed last Friday 10 July, with many artists taking advantage of the one week extension. This year’s collection of entries welcomes new and familiar faces, and sees the return of past winners, including a collection of veterans of the local music scene who have been locked away busily writing. The result is a huge mass of brand new and exciting material!

A collaboration between Scott Chapman (On inc) and Chit Chat (Machine Gun Fellatio) otherwise known as The Stick Up Kids have entered tracks from a writing partnership which has spanned 20 years, multiple award winner Amy Vee has returned with a batch of fresh tracks and following a trip to Nashville, Mark Wells has thrown his hat into the country category ring. The Evening Son, The Nickson Wing and Vaudeville head up the rock and alternative categories with Urban Freeflow, Soul Purpose, Nameless Crew and Laird and Lomas contributing to the Urban category, making it stronger than ever.

The judging process runs right through until October, with an Awards presentation taking place in November. Tune into 1233 ABC Newcastle to hear 2009 entrant tracks being played on air across the day.

Log onto and follow the links or log onto and become a member of the Newcastle Music Group to view entrant pages, leave a message or get involved in discussion topics on the local music scene.

The Wickham Park Hotel’s Music Nursery has gone metal!!

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Deathmaask“There’s no place for our band to play” is a cry we in the Big Apachee office often hear, and no genre screams that complaint as loud in our ears as Heavy Metal. So we’ve teamed up with The Wickham Park Hotel and it’s Music Nursery to present a special night of Metal with Sabretung and newcomers Deathmaask.

Sabretung continue to spearhead the Australian attack for the new wave of thrash metal movement. With supports for both national and international acts such as Paul Dianno, Mortal Sin, The Amenta, Double Dragon, Frankenbok and Five Star Prison Cell under their belts, the band continues to spread their aural violence to head bangers young and old, bringing a cleansing inferno of unrelenting raw aggression to a metal scene overgrown with contrived technicality and half-hearted brutality.

For much of 2009 the band has been bunkered down producing their first full length album ‘Conquest’ with a tentative November release. This album has been a culmination of the band’s hard work over the four years since their formation.

Continuing the legacy of the sounds pioneered by bands such as Kreator, Sepultura and Slayer, Sabretung will leave their mark as one of the most intense musical monsters on the planet.

Joining Sabretung will be the progressive thrash style of Deathmaask. Originally forming in 2007 as just a three piece, Will, Dan and Dave sought to bring their love of all things hard and heavy together. Then late in 2007 Nick entered the scene allowing Will (who was playing drums) to go to frontman. A search for a bassist then followed and for awhile it looked like no one would be able to fill the role, until Cam joined the group. Taking awhile to come up with their name (as nothing pleased all parties involved), Deathmaask (no it’s not a typo, there are two A’s) was formed.

The Music Nursery goes Metal – The Wickham Park Hotel – Thursday 23rd July

Solver Warms Up In Grand Style

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

solverProud Novocastrian rockers Solver are gearing up for a national tour, the release of a new EP and a new chapter in their musical journey.

Brothers Morgan & Tom Evans and close mate Nick are filled with a new found energy and passion for their music after 2 years away from the band.

“It seriously feels like we’re 14 again! We’ve got new songs, a new live show and a new EP just about ready to roll! We just want to get out an play!!!” said Morgan.

SOLVER have just finished recording 6 tracks with legendary producer Mark Opitz whose credits include ACDC, Kiss, INXS, Cold Chisel, Noiseworks & The Angels

A preview of the first track from the EP, “Too Young To Worry”, is available for streaming at

“Before we get in the van and drive all over the country we really want to reconnect with all the people in Newcastle that have stuck by us for the last 12 years.” Said Morgan.

Solver will play four special shows in The Underground at The Grand Hotel in July to try out some new material and hone their live show. “We’ll be playing new songs & old songs, trying out some new tricks and playing a different set every week!” said Morgan.

Solver will be joined on these 4 special show by good mates and underground party duo The Beatnik DJ’s ensuring that everyone has a good time!

The EP will be called “Too Young To Worry” and will be released in the coming months.

Solver will play The Underground @ the Grand Hotel July 10, 17, 24 & 31.

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