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Archive for March, 2010

Street Warriors – Solid Rock

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Newcastle boys, the Street Warriors (brothers Abie and Warwick Wright – aka Predator and Wok) are familiar faces on the Australian hip hop scene and well respected pioneers of Indigenous hip hop.

The brothers are currently promoting their debut album, ‘Unstoppable Force’ which was recently launched by Peter Garrett, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts as part of his Breakthrough Artist initiative at the Carriageworks, Redfern.

Street WarriorsRising from the ashes of groundbreaking Deadlys winning hiphop group Local Knowledge, Street Warriors released their first EP, ‘Real Knows Real’ in 2007. Two of the songs on the EP are featured on the inaugural Gadigal and ABC Music CD, the ‘Making Waves Hip Hop’ album released 14 April, 2009. Their rage anthem Look at Me recently saw them garner Best Band, Best Single and Best Video Awards at the inaugural BUMP Indigenous Hip Hop and Rap awards in Sydney.

The boys have rocked local and international crowds in excess of 10,000 and appearances have included major festivals such as Yabun, Homebake, Stylin’ Up, The Great Escape, and Groovin’ the Moo, The Dreaming and Woodford Folk Festival and a string of NAIDOC dates and support to major artists such as 50 Cent and G Unit.

Street Warriors have built a loyal following around the country on the back of their energy filled live shows, poignant lyrics and their unique musical messaged culminating in nominations for Best Band at the Deadly Awards in 2008 and Single of the Year for Solid Rock in 2009. The song was nominated before its release, such was the buzz from their live launch of the song at the Dreaming in June 2009.

Their debut album ‘Unstoppable Force’ features beats by Melbourne beat maker Unknown & Lewis (Twice as Nice) and original lyrics on all the tracks by Street Warriors, including a special Street Warriors reworking of the classic Goanna hit, ‘Solid Rock’ where the boys combine classic Aussie rock with their Deadly hip hop.

The song features Shane Howard from Goanna playing his famous guitar riff, the original backing singers and a special guest appearance by Shannon Noll on chorus vocals. Shannon also appears in the video, along with famed Torres Strait Island dancer, Albert David. Shot on mother country in Gunnedah, the clip pays homage to the Street Warriors’ ancestor, Red Chief Kangaroo (Cumbo Gunnerah).

Shane Howard, who assisted in the recording of the track, says, “This version is its own animal and I am absolutely honoured and thrilled to be working with the boys on this exciting new version of ‘Solid Rock’.”

The song is currently building a buzz off the back of some special performances with Shane Howard including the Opening Ceremony for the Dreaming Festival at Woodford and rocking a capacity crowd at the Opera House in October to close this year’s Deadly Awards. The video clip won Silver at the Australian Cinematographer’s Awards in the Music Clip category and is currently a Finalist in the International Songwriting Competition’s Music Video category, based out of the U.S.

Adding sonic energy in the mixing is Benjamin Grotto (Aerosmith, Dresden Dolls) and mastering by Tom Coyne at Sterling-Sound, NYC. The album is available in all good retail stores through GoSet/MGM and oline at www.gosetmusic.com.

Catch Street Warriors live at the Cambridge Hotel on Friday April 30.

  • What: Street Warriors Breakthrough Tour
  • Where: Cambridge Hotel
  • When: Friday 30th April, 2010

For more information visit the Street Warriors website at streetwarriors.com.au.


An Intimate Afternoon With …

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Renowned Newcastle jazz musician/vocalist Daryl Aberhart is planning a series of concerts in Newcastle over coming months that are going to be something truly special.

pianoThe cost is $50 per person, which includes some tasty refreshments.

What you get is to see a unique Australian Jazz master, usually in a trio format with sometime special guests, perform a one-hour concert style set for you, and only 29 other attendees. “This will hopefully happen one Sunday per month between 4-6 pm for as long as we can keep it going” Daryl explains.

The venue being used is incredibly intimate, hence the title of this event “An intimate afternoon with …”

This will make for a truly memorable experience for both performer and listener alike, getting to be so up close and personal with the artists rather than feeling like you are a million miles away from the music.

Bookings for first date are not open yet as we need to give time to all who would like to be on invitation mailling list to register their interest.

If this sounds like your cup of tea, please send an email to daz@darylaberhart.com with the words “JAZZ MAILING LIST” in the subject line.


The first event will feature the Carl Dewhurst Trio and will be held on Sunday May 9 from 4-6PM.

Carl DewhurstPerformers in the trio are:

  • Carl Dewhurst – Guitar
  • Cameron Undy – Bass
  • Evan Mannell – Drums

This is a really intense group, comprised of three of the most lauded Jazz musicians this country has produced.

Acclaimed jazz guitarist and composer Carl Dewhurst will be sure to give us an unforgettable afternoon. This is a really intense group, comprised of three of the most lauded Jazz musicians this country has produced.

Cost is $50 per person includes wine,food and entertainment. Limited seats left, don’t wait too long!

You can find out a little more about Carl at his website www.carldewhurst.com.

TO BOOK A SEAT- email daz@darylaberhart.com with ‘CARL DEWHURST- I’M IN!’ in subject line and name and mobile phone number of each attendee thank you.

Piano image courtesy of gfx69.


Deviation – ’60s Rock ‘n’ Roll Band

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

DeviationDeviation have been together for the past 7 years, playing predominately Rock & Roll music from the early 60′s, also selecting appropriate popular hits from the charts since then.

The band members have played in other well known local bands spanning over many years, with the versatility to cater to all ages.

Current members of the band are:

  • Brad Smith, lead vocals and harmonica;
  • Rick Clark, Lead Guitar & vocals;
  • Ron Gould, Bass guitar & vocals;
  • Ian Rees, rhythm guitar and vocals;
  • Mick Williams, drums.

Acknowledgement to former members Jeff Stuckings & Gary Brown.

The band is performing at many Newcastle, Lower Hunter, North Coast and Sydney Clubs, including hotels and private functions.

“We selected our music specifically to accommodate the needs of the baby boomers and the many rock & roll dance groups throughout the region” Bass player Ron Gould explained. “We have been amazed at the large number of young people today that know and love this style of music.”

Bands covered are many. Some of which are Creedance Clearwater, George Thorogood, The Doors, Beatles, Status Quo, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley and Carlos Santana.

Deviation have a number of upcoming gigs throughout March and April 2010:

For booking and more information contact Ron Gould on 0404475458 or email on Deviation@live.com.au.


Bacardi Band Search 2010

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

The Bacardi Band Search is back and is set to make an impression on the Newcastle (and now Central Coast) music scene.

The Bastilles - Winners of the 2009 Bacardi Band SearchAlthough there can only be one winner, the BBS hopes to uncover more hidden talent, encourage new bands to form and aims to give exposure to young bands in the Newcastle, Hunter Valley & Central Coast regions. The BBS offers a platform at a quality iconic live music venue for unsigned bands to show what they’ve got.

In 2009, 24 Newcastle bands competed in the BBS at The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle. After 6 heats, 2 semi-finals, 1 repechage final and a Grand Final, local indie heroes, The Bastilles (pictured), emerged as the inaugural winners of the competition. They have gone on to play shows with Philadelphia Grand Jury & Red Riders and have just competed recording of their first EP. Two other local bands also reached the grand final in 2009, Wandering Bear, Cota

This year, the BBS will grow an extra limb as we invite Central Coast bands to compete for the first time, allowing the competition to showcase bands from the largest regional music scene in NSW.

The winner of the 2010 BBS will take home over $6000 in cash and prizes including $2000 cash, a guitar amp & effects package, recording time at Sydney’s renowned Studio 301, a professional photo shoot plus more.

The BBS will launch at The Cambridge Hotel on Thursday 29th April and will run most Thursday nights at the venue throughout the course of the competition. Entry is free and is now open to all unsigned bands from Newcastle, Hunter region and the Central Coast. Entry forms can be picked up from Billy Hyde Music and The Studio in Newcastle West or downloaded from yourcambridgehotel.com.

Entries close Mon 26th April. Spots are limited.


Erin Trio – St Patrick’s Day 2010

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Erin TrioPerforming the same repertoire of traditional jigs, reels and songs as the popular 5-piece, Erin Trio aims to paint a more subtle picture. With the acoustic approach of guitar, fiddle and voice, the trio strips it all back to reveal the raw simplicity of Irish storytelling. Add the stirring rumble of bodhran and you’ll be taken away along the rocky road to Dublin, or to the rolling mountains of Mourne …


… Thrill to the fiddle,
swoon to the song,
& enjoy the ‘Craic’
with ERIN …

Erin have performed at over 80 venues in the Hunter region in their ten year history, a tribute to their broad appeal.

With member backgrounds as diverse as jazz, folk, heavy metal and classical, Erin transports the Celtic tradition (eg The Clancy Brothers, The Dubliners, Steeleye Span) into the new millennium, together with a hint of the Irish contemporaries (U2, The Pogues, Sinead O’Connor & The Corrs).

In early 2003 Erin released a self titled album. This was followed up in 2008 with their second release, “Let’s Toss This Salad“, an acoustic album of traditional and jazz pieces performed by the Erin Trio. Let’s Toss This Salad was recorded under the watchful eye of Newcastle based producer Gareth Hudson in late 2007.

Throughout March 2008 Erin travelled around rural NSW and Victoria as part of a successful two week tour to launch the Salad album. On this tour they performed 13 shows in 14 days including numerous appearance at the Port Fairy and Yackandandah Folk Festivals.

The video below shows the band performing the ballad Gypsy Davy at the 2008 Yackandandah Folk Festival. The band undertook this tour as a 5-piece, enlisting the help of Chris Davidson on druns and Todd Johnson on bass.

The 2010 St Patrick’s day performance will mark exactly ten years since their first ever live show, held at the Lass O’Gowrie Hotel on March 17, 2000.

So get yourself along to MJ Finnegans this St Patricks day for a dose of great Irish music.

  • Who: Erin Trio
  • What: St Patricks Day Performance
  • Where: MJ Finnegans
  • When: March 17, 2010 – 1PM

The Trio will also be appearing at the Nelson Bay Bowling Club on the evening of Saturday March 13.

For more information about Erin visit their website at www.erin.net.au.


Celebrate St Patrick’s Weekend With Celtic Beat

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

celtic BeatCeltic Beat features a diverse repertoire of songs from Australian, Irish and American folk music infused with contemporary soft rock and blues. Providing a unique eclectic mix, solid vocals and harmonies are accompanied by guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, keyboard, bass, drums, mouth harp and whistle.

Celtic Beat’s Irish jigs and reels are sure to get your ‘toes-a-tapping’, while the joint will be rockin’ with songs from the Beatles, Creedance, Pogues and Paul Kelly together with an increasing number of original compositions.

Celtic Beat will be performing a special St. Patricks day weekend gig at Camyr Allyn Wines, 65 Allyn River Road, East Gresford. The event will be held on March 20, 2010 from 2 – 4:30PM.

The band entered their song Maitland Town into the Folk Catefgory of the 2009 Newcastle Music Awards.

Martin Frohlich sings lead vocals and plays guitar, fiddle, mandolin & whistle. Martin played with North Coast bands Feral Folk and the Big River Bush Band before moving to Newcastle and fronting contemporary folk-rock bands Blackberry Jam and State 51.

Greg Frohlich provides vocals and adds solid punch to contemporary folk-blues, playing electric piano and synthesizer. After playing with Central Coast club bands including Nightshift with Michelle Bunn, Greg joined brother Martin in Newcastle band State 51.

David Hogston features on lead guitar, banjo, bouzouki, mouth harp and vocals. An award winning songwriter, Dave’s songs have been recorded by the likes of Normie Rowe and Jeff St John and he has played with greats such as Olivia Newton John, Judy Stone and The Bushwackers. As a musical ambassador, Dave toured America, England and New Zealand following stints at the historic Sydney Rocks. His custom built musical instruments add a unique sound to Celtic Beat.

Michelle Bunn brings strong rhythmic foundations on drums and vocals to the musical mix. Touring through eastern Australia Michelle’s extensive playing experience includes performing with various Country artists and bands such as Adams Apple, Nightshift and Tall Order as well as television appearances on The Don Burrows Collection.

  • What: St. Patrick Day Performance from Celtic Beat
  • Where: Camyr Allyn Wines
  • When: 2 – 4:30 PM – March 20, 2010

Highlander Album Launch – North of the Wall

Monday, March 8th, 2010

North Of The Wall - HighlanderHighlander Celtic Rock Band Australia has a long name and a long history. They’re a progressive rock outfit that has been wowing audiences wherever they perform, but it’s really all about the Bag pipes, Fiddle and Kilts.

Highlander are a unique band that has played in a huge range of situations including the Highland Gathering at the Marriot Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia. The band was also asked to play in Sydney’s Hyde Park on Saint Andrew’s Day 2009.

The band will celebrate the release of their new CD North Of The Wall at Wangi RSL on Saturday April 10. The band will be performing the entire album and some other band favorites to an intimate audience.

North of the Border was recorded at Restpark Studio in Wallsend and mastered by Don Bartley at Benchmark Mastering in Sydney.

Preview and download songs from North of the Wall by Highlander Celtic Rock Band Australia on iTunes.

The band is celebrating the launch of their latest Album ‘North of the Wall’ at Wangie RSL on Saturday night 10th April.

  • What: Highlander Celtic Rock Band Album Launch
  • Where: Wangi RSL
  • When: Saturday Aptil 10, 2010

The show will include a backing chorus including members of the award winning University of Newcastle Chamber Choir. Also present will be as a Highland Pipe Band with 6 pipers and Highlander Dancers. Highlander will be performing all the songs from the album and some extras you may not have heard.

Highlander is set to put on a great production. Come and join in the fun and celebration. Entry is free and the venue has only enough room for around 300 guests, so get in early to avoid being dissapointed.

Highlander will also be playing a number of other shows around rural NSW throughout April 2010:

  • April 17, 2010 – 10AM – Bundanoon, NSW
  • April 17, 2010 – 8PM – Scottish Arms Hotel, East Bowral, NSW
  • April 29, 2010 – 3PM – Park And Venues in Glenn Innes, NSW

For more information about Highlander visit their MySpace profile or their website.


The Irish Busker Show

Friday, March 5th, 2010

St Patrick’s Day is coming up soon … Why not JOIN THE FUN!

The Irish Busker ShowIt’s that time of the year again when the world turns green and people’s hearts turn to the old country, Ireland.

Celtic or not, it’s Irish month and the lead up to St Patrick’s day is always an excuse to have FUN, FUN, FUN, as only the Irish know how.

Radio stations play more Irish music and everyone has an excuse to drink more alcohol mid-week than they could normally manage or be allowed.

Direct from Ireland is a show to delight the family audience. Joe McManus has played to thousands of people in fifteen countries worldwide. Now he brings his Celtic sound to Newcastle for the third year in a row.

Joe sings, plays guitar, banjo, harmonica and the Irish drum (Bodhran).

This creates a unique and touching show that celebrates the special sounds and tales of Ireland.

With comparisons to Irish great, Christy Moore, Joe brings you the complete Irish experience of great music mixed in with a great sense of humour. Delivering such an enjoyable show is a pleasure for Joe.

When asked why he loves the show, he replied, “I get to pretend that I’m back in Ireland for 2 hours!”

So big, small, old or young, wherever you are from, you get a chance to be crazier, laugh more, to drown the shamrock and sing loud. Here is your chance to celebrate everything Irish with the “Irish Busker Show”.

  • What: The Irish Busker Show
  • When: Wednesday 17th March – St Patricks Day – dinner show (bookings open now)
  • Where: Stockton RSL
  • Tickets: Available from the venue

For more information about the Irish Busker Show visit http://www.myspace.com/irishbusker.


Violence EP Launch

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

ViolenceOriginating from Newcastle in 2008 Violence has been working hard to make a name for themselves in the Newcastle hardcore scene and has just recently been featured in Reverb Street Press. They deliver a full and heavy traditional style of hardcore while maintaining a distinct originality particularly through front man Glen Mountford’s vocal style.

The band have shared the stage with bands such as Dropsaw , Shinto Katana, Confession , Mary Jane Kelly , The Hollow , Mark My Words , The Red Shore , The War, For Today (US), Shadows Chasing Ghosts (UK) and The Storm Picturesque. Violence has also played two fundraising gigs for local roller girls Newcastle Roller Derby League and will continue their support to the league. Violence have also gained national recognition with a recent article in 2020 BMX Magazine.

Violence has recently recruited a new drummer, Shane Dunne, who played his first show with the band in Mid January.

Violence are releasing their debut self titled EP at The Cambridge Hotel on March 20 with special guests Northlane (Sydney), Taken By Force (Newcastle), The Cold Front (Newcastle) and with an appearance from Newcastle Roller Derby League.

The band will also be playing at the Hamilton Station Hotel on Saturday March 6 at 9:30PM with Cannons Mouth and Drown The Armada.

Merchandise from the band is available for purchase from their online store at violencehc.bigcartel.com.

For bookings contact Amber McNeill from Hurricane Heart Media.

Listen to some tracks from Violence and find out more information about the band at their myspace page at myspace.com/violencehc.


Lake Macquarie Community Events Calendar

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Advertise your gig or event for free

Lake Macquarie Council Community Events CalendarAnyone hosting a local, public event can take advantage of the new Community Events Calendar on the Lake Macquarie Council website at www.lakemac.com.au – and it’s free!

The calendar is a new feature aimed at helping people find events and entertainment opportunities in Lake Macquarie City and the surrounding region. It’s creators also hope that it helps to boost patronage to events and, in turn, give our local economy a helping hand.

Gigs, festivals, or any event with an open invitation may be posted on the new Community Events Calendar.

Posting events on the Community Calendar is free and easy:

  1. Register using your email address
  2. Upload your event details
  3. Include photos to help promote your event
  4. Maintain all of your events at any time on the “My Events” page after logging in

The calendar can be found online here.

If you need help or want more information email Angie Francisco on afrancisco@lakemac.nsw.gov.au or call her on 49210 186.


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