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Winners of the 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards 2006

And the winner is … ‘Ngariki’. There was not one person sitting in the room at the 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards last Friday night who doubted that ‘Ngariki’ deserved the accolade of ABC Music ‘Artist of the Year’.

Introducing Ngariki. His unique brand of blues/funk based rock (with healthy shards of pop thrown in), has put him in high demand during 2006. Named as the 2006 ABC Music ‘Artist of the Year’, Ngariki will receive the prize of a 6 track EP recording and release with ABC Music. He will be able to continue to develop his song writing skills with the support of ABC Music Publishing. In addition to winning the overall prize, Ngariki also walked away with the ‘Blues & Roots’ Award.

With a musical background spanning thousands of live dates from Tasmania to Switzerland, he’s seen the inside of venues from Entertainment Centres to the pubs on the corner. From the big halls of Europe to the trendy clubs of Sydney, Ngariki graced the stage of the Civic Theatre Newcastle on Friday October 20 delivering his spine tingling and gritty ‘Blues and Roots’ entry ‘Remember’ to the audience.

Clive Hodson, Board member of AIR (Australian Independent records) and judge for the ‘Artist of the Year’ Award said of his decision to award Ngariki, “There is a big uptake in the popularity for Blues and Roots music, Ngariki has hit it at the right time. I’m a great believer in time and place and I think the time and place is right for Ngariki”.

The awards night recognised 20 local artists for their efforts and played host to performances by Jazz musician Dorian Mode, Rock outfit ‘Lover‘, 2005 ABC Music ‘Artist of the Year’ winner Gian as well as a glittering and energetic performance by Ergo B Bag and his All Action All Stars. This event has definitely secured its place among Newcastle’s most anticipated events. It is pivotal in the cultivation of emerging and established original talent across the Hunter and Central Coast regions.

2006 is the second year for an Artist to receive the title of ‘ABC Music Publishing & APRA Songwriters and Composers Recognition Award’, however it is the first time that an artist will receive a $1000.00 cash prize (courtesy of APRA). Bob Pigott was the recipient of this prestigious Award thanks to his song writing style which fuses country and folk with a roots edge. Bob is a regular performer at the Tamworth Country music festival and is a well-known and respected local artist.

Please find the following list of 2006 winners.

For further information or images: Kathryn Holloway MOBILE: 0412 771 042 EMAIL: holloway.kathryn@abc.net.au


Posted on October 21st, 2006 in Newcastle Music Awards

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Finalists Announced For The 2006 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards

Congratulations to the genre category finalists in the 2006 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards! Some categories have more finalists than others due to the fact that each category attracts a different amount of entries and in some cases the judges of particular categories thought more than ten tracks deserved to go through for finalist consideration.

The Awards Night (Friday October 20 2006 – Civic Theatre Newcastle) will include the top 5 entrants for each category being announced along with the winner. Specialist categories which will also be Awarded on the night include Best Young Talent, Best Male Vocals, Best Female Vocals, Listener’s Choice, Hunter Broadcaster’s Choice, Central Coast Broadcaster’s Choice, ABC Music Publishing / APRA Songwriter and Composer Recognition Award and ABC Music Best Artist.

Adult Contemporary

Blues and Roots

Alternative

Classical / Instrumental

Combined Gospel and Theatre

Country

Folk

Urban (Combined Hip Hop, RnB and Electronica/Dance)

Rock

Pop

Heavy Rock

Jazz


Posted on October 17th, 2006 in Newcastle Music Awards

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Jazz Showcased at the 2006 ABC Newcastle Music Awards Night

Central Coast Jazz entrant Dorian Mode, will be taking to the grand piano and stage of the Civic Theatre Newcastle for the fifth annual 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards Night on Friday October 20. Jazz is a strong category in the 2006 Music Awards, and the addition of Dorian Mode (who has reached international recognition with past musical works) provides the final ingredient for a sensational and musically diverse night of entertainment.

Already announced artists include ARIA nominated Roots band ‘The Audreys‘, explosive Rock outfit Lover, Ergo B Bag and his All Action All Stars, flamenco guitarist Gian as well as blues artist Ngariki and Emily Jane.

Along with showcasing artists, hosts Myf Warhurst and Brett Lavaring will welcome a bevy of guest presenters to the stage and recognise the talents of local Artists across twelve different genres. Ranging from Pop to Rock, Blues and Roots to Folk and Country to Instrumental, nominated finalists include past winners, first time entrants and a young artist who is also nominated for an ARIA Award.

Tickets are ON SALE NOW for the Newcastle Music scene’s night of nights at the Civic Theatre Newcastle. Tickets are $19.50 for adults and $15.00 for concession through Ticketek on (02) 4929 1977.

For further information and/or images please contact:

Kathryn Holloway – Awards Coordinator
Phone: 02 4022 1200 or 0412 771 042
Email: holloway.kathryn@abc.net.au


Posted on October 9th, 2006 in Newcastle Music Awards

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2006 1233 ABC Newcastle Listener’s Choice Award

It’s Your Turn To Judge – Vote for your favourite entry into the 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards.

Choose from a bevy of artists, across genres from Rock to RNB to Hip Hop and Pop.

Mike McCluskey, 1233 ABC Newcastle Station Manager is thrilled with the standard of entries received this year.

“We have been very impressed with the amount, variety and professionalism of entries received in 2006. The Music Awards, now in it’s fifth year is an excellent opportunity for local musicians to showcase their talent, and the Listener’s Choice Award is a great way for people in the community to have their say.”

The winner of this prestigious Award will be announced alongside all other category winners and overall winner, at the 2005 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards, Friday 20 October 2006, Civic Theatre Newcastle.

Log onto http://www.abc.net.au/newcastle/musicawards/ and follow the instructions.

Remember you can only vote ONCE during this period, votes cast outside of these dates will be deleted. Only your first nomination will count – so choose wisely!

For Further Information please contact:
Kathryn Holloway
1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards Coordinator
PO Box 2205
Dangar NSW 2309
Ph: 02 49 22 1261
Mob: 0412 771 042
EMAIL: holloway.kathryn@abc.net.au
http://www.abc.net.au/newcastle/musicawards


Posted on September 7th, 2006 in Newcastle Music Awards

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1233 ABC Newcastle Presents a Five Star Event for the Fifth Year of the Music Awards

1233 Newcastle Music AwardsMyf Warhurst, best known for her roles as team leader on ABC Television’s Spicks and Specks program and as Triple J’s Lunchtime presenter, will be stepping into the spotlight for yet another role with 1233 ABC Newcastle’s very own Breakfast presenter Brett Lavaring.

Join Myf and Brett as they reward the Hunter and Central Coast’s finest musicians at this year’s prestigious 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards, Civic Theatre Newcastle on Friday October 20 2006. Awards presented will include ABC Music Best Artist and the ABC Music Publishing and APRA Songwriter and Composer Recognition Award.

The Awards Night promises a sensational stage show ranging from the extremes of an explosive rock band, to the sounds of a gritty blues guitarist, to a quartet of keyboards playing a pop track. The stage will be set alight with a fusion of sounds, colour and dance from locally and nationally recognised musical talent. We are pleased to include the following artists in this first announcement …

Please welcome Adelaide 5 piece ‘The Audreys‘ to Newcastle who are currently creating a stir Australia wide with their debut album ‘Between Us and Last Night‘ (released ABC Roots/Warner Music). Featuring the ‘sultry vocals of Taasha Coates’, the band will bring their collection of banjos, ukuleles, violins and guitars to delight the audience with their unique blend of folksy/pop style tunes.

Flamenco Guitarist, Gian first came to our attention in 2004 when he entered the Awards and stepped up to the stage to perform with his band the ‘The Heat’. Gian and his band featured sounds straight from Italy and Spain with a unique RnB/pop twist, and flanked by salsa dancers, wowed the audience. It was in 2005 when Gian entered again with three more tracks that he impressed the judges and walked away with the titles of Best Male Vocalist, ABC Music Best Artist and the ABC Music Publishing and APRA Songwriter and Composer Recognition Award. 1233 has the great pleasure of inviting him to return to the stage to demonstrate his brilliant musicianship and passion fuelled performance … as to whether it will once again feature those salsa dancers … you’ll have to come along to find out.

Ergo B Bag came to Newcastle 6 years ago from the planet Norge to party hard, which eventually lead to an album of Party Songs. Yet to be released, he decided the right place for these songs to “spread their things” would be through winning all the categories at the ABC Music Awards. But alas, Ergo B Bag was not allowed to enter all the categories due to the conditions of entry. Instead, the Awards Night organisers decided to invite Ergo B Bag and his All Action All Stars to launch their party hits to the Awards Night audience. Ergo B Bag will definitely set the stage alight … with a fusion of electronica, pop, colour and dance.

How to describe explosive rock band ‘Lover‘? Thumping beats, crunching guitars, soaring vocals and bass riffs that put the entire 80′s decade to shame, Lover is a Brit-influenced rock band with subtle Pop and New Wave qualities. Featuring Graham Seaton (Guitar & Vocals), Roy Mac (Bass) and drummer Joel Redman, the trio have already established a rabid fan-base in hometown Newcastle, as well as far afield as Melbourne. The trio has also managed to secure supports alongside Datarock (Norway), The Valentinos, Something With Numbers and British India.

Emily Jane has been described as an eclectic mix of pop/rock with a soul/funk edge. Emily’s powerful blues/soul voice compliments Steve’s funky, rhythmical grooves. The versatility of the song writing duo has meant their music ranges from eulogistic statements; political and socio-political themes; everyday narratives to meaningless trashy pop. As a live act, one can hear expertise, experience and professionalism in the music combined with humour and enthusiasm to create an atmosphere in which everyone will want to be engulfed.

Introducing Ngariki. His unique brand of blues/funk based rock (with healthy shards of pop thrown in), has put him in high demand during 2006. With a musical background spanning thousands of live dates from Tasmania to Switzerland, he’s seen the inside of venues from Entertainment Centres to the pubs on the corners. From the big halls of Europe to the trendy clubs of Sydney, Ngariki will now perform his gritty ‘Blues and Roots‘ entry ‘Remember‘ to the audience from the stage of the beautiful Civic Theatre Newcastle.

Tickets for the Newcastle Music scene’s night of night’s are ON SALE NOW through Ticketek. Prices are $19.50 for adults and $15.00 for concession on (02) 4929 1977

Stay tuned to 1233 ABC Newcastle or log on to http://www.abc.net.au/newcastle/musicawards for further announcements.

For further information please contact: 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards Coordinator – Kathryn Holloway PH: 02 4922 1261 or 0412 771 042 EMAIL: holloway.kathryn@abc.net.au http://www.abc.net.au/newcastle/musicawards


Posted on September 7th, 2006 in Newcastle Music Awards

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2006 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards

2006 is the fifth consecutive year for the highly successful 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards. The project runs across seven months with the major aim to provide support and airplay to local artists. The Music Awards has proven to be a key event for the region with close to 2000 entries and 400 tracks added to 1233 ABC Newcastle’s play list since its inception in 2002, as well as an Australia Day Award for Best Community Event.

1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards 2006The Awards aim is to uncover, encourage and showcase emerging and established artists from the Hunter and Central Coast regions, with many entrants receiving valuable airplay time and program support across 1233 ABC Newcastle programs as well as other ABC Networks such as Triple J, Classic FM and DIG.

Singer/songwriter Gian was last years winner of the prestigious 2005 ABC Music ‘Artist of The Year’ award. In addition to winning the overall prize, Gian also walked away with ‘Best Male Vocals’ for his Adult Contemporary entry ‘Over‘ and ‘Hunter Broadcasters’ Choice’ for his Pop entry ‘Just Believe‘.

This year’s award ceremony will be held at the Civic Theatre Newcastle on Friday 20 October 2006.

Artists / Bands are able to enter a maximum of three tracks and are required to nominate which category their music falls into – Rock / Heavy Rock, Pop, Blues and Roots, Classical, Folk, R’n'B / Dance / Hip Hop, Alternative, Adult Contemporary, Country, Jazz and Combined World, Theatre, Gospel. Entries must be received before 5pm, June 16 2006, the music awards website has details about how to enter.

For further information contact:

The 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards Co-ordinator

Kathryn Holloway

(02) 4922 1200 or 0412 771 042

or visit the 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards website.


Posted on May 11th, 2006 in Newcastle Music Awards

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2005 ABC 1233 Newcastle Music Awards Winners

The 2005 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards culminated in a special awards night held at the Civic Theatre Newcastle on Thursday the 13th of October.

Several nationally acclaimed artists made appearances on the night including Beccy Cole and Darwin raised Vassy.

Marty Worrall, who rose to fame as a contestant in the 2004 Australian Idol competition, also made an appearance joined by several local musicians. Marty has recently signed to the locally based Style Music Group operated by Phil Tweed. Marty was joined onstage by Phil, Nathan Eshman (winner of 2004 Listener’s Choice Award), Josh Coombes and Pete Drummond.

Other Hunter artists performing on the night included Local Knowledge, Solver, Dean Kyrwood, Fumi Boca, Lenore Bower and Bright Yellow.

The winners of og the various categories were:

For Further information contact Kat Holloway – (02) 4922 1200 – or visit the 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards Website


Posted on October 14th, 2005 in Newcastle Music Awards

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2005 Newcastle Music Awards Finalists Announced

The finalists in each category have been announced. The top 3 – 5 (depending on category) nominations will be announced on the night, along with the category and specialist category winners.

The finalists for each category are:

Adult Contemporary

Alternative

Blues and Roots

Classical

Dance

Country

Rock

Folk

Instrumental

Heavy Rock

Jazz

Pop

R’n'B

Hip Hop

Other

For Further information contact Kat Holloway – (02) 4922 1200 – or visit the 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards Website


Posted on October 3rd, 2005 in Newcastle Music Awards

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2005 Newcastle Music Awards

Bigger, brighter and bolder – 1233 ABC Newcastle has raised the bar for this year’s Newcastle Music Awards.

Hunter and Central Coast artists and bands are again given the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Empress, On and Solver and have their original music professionally recorded by the ABC studios in Sydney. The winner will also receive a professional photo shoot and biography to compliment their new recording.

This years entrants can expect a broader range of categories, a streamlined entry kit and an enhanced website design offering more information. Access to airplay across the ABC radio networks.

Entry Kits will be available from April 2005 at the 1233 Studio (Cnr Wood and Parry St Newcastle West), Upper Hunter Studio (36A Brook St Muswellbrook), ABC Shops at Charlestown Square and Erina Fair and on-line at http://www.abc.net.au/newcastle/musicawards.

Entries will be accepted by post or in person at the 1233 ABC Newcastle studio from Monday May 2nd – Friday June 17th 2005.

Judging starts from June 20 and carries on through to August 26, with such a mammoth task ahead we have enlisted the help of over 170 Music industry experts Australia wide. At this early stage the finalist judging panels will include Maya Jupiter (Triple J), Black Market Music, ABC Music, Georgia Clark (editor of The Brag) with many, many more to be announced in coming weeks.

All enquires, photo opportunities and requests for further information:

Kat Holloway – 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards Coordinator PH: (02) 4922 1210 MOB: 0412 771 042 EMAIL: holloway.kathryn@abc.net.au


Posted on May 3rd, 2005 in Newcastle Music Awards

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1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards Winners – 2004

Paperhalo and Foolproof were announced as joint winners in the Heavy Rock category for 2004. Paperhalo are no strangers to success at the Newcastle Music Awards, having taken out the Rock category in 2002 with their song Not Yet God and the Rock category in 2003 with Sexual Applause. Foolproof, who recently changed their name to This Shotgun Kiss, also prevailed in the Heavy Rock category in 2004 with the track Morning Sun (that turned our heart Ashes)

Julie Woodward‘s song ‘Come With Me’ won both the Country category and the Central Coast Broadcaster’s Choice award. Julie started out on keyboards and singing backing vocals for an original band in Sydney called ‘Last Exit’. Julie has since relocated to the Central Coast and released her debut album, titled Home which was recorded at Avoca by producer/guitarist Glen Hannah.

Local songstress Amy Vee took out the Pop category with Habit. Amy also performed at the awards as lead singer of dance outfit On

Other winners from the night were:

Find out more at the 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards Website or in this article about the 2004 awards night. A number of photos from the night have also been published in the ABC website.


Posted on November 3rd, 2004 in Newcastle Music Awards

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