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Give the gift of local music this Christmas

During the lead up to Christmas Newcastle Live will appeal to the Hunter’s music lovers to “Give The Gift Of Local Music This Christmas”. If you’re a local who has released this year drop us a line at and we can add you to the mix. Check out some of the releases we’re currently featuring right here. 

Bad Blood – Mitch Capone & The Wise guys

The Wise guys is the brainchild of Newcastle Vocalist Mitch Capone. He has enlisted Adam Gear as his partner-in- crime to create the greatest swingabilly band on the planet. Mitch Capone: (the son of jazz vocalist Julie Wilson) was captivated by the golden era of swing at the age of 18. He began making guest appearances at his mother’s concerts and also with the ‘Dungeon Big Band’ performing classic tunes of Frank Sinatra & the Ratpack.

You can purchase the sensational debut album Bad Blood from Mitch Capone by visiting CDBABY

Hollywho – Holly Who

Holly Who represents everything good about music.Their debut EP released in April 2014 hit #17 on the i-Tunes chart, made the ‘Top 10 Most Ordered Tracks’ chart for Australian radio and is receiving overwhelming support from Australian community radio, along with international airplay and interview/blog coverage.

Echoes In The Aviary – Jane Tyrrell

Echoes In The Aviary captures the passion and adventurousness of Tyrrell and her fluency across a range of genres. It’s that understanding of music, and the utterly compelling presence she has on stage with acts such as Firekites, Horrorshow and The Herd, that has swept up fans here and abroad.

Closing Forever Sky – Firekites

Firekites is a Newcastle collective revolving around the acoustic musings of four main players…Tim Mcphee (The Instant), Rod Smith, Jane Tyrrell (The Herd) & Jason Tampake (Josh Pyke) and are the latest signing to Aussie label Spunk! (Arcade Fire, Bat for Lashes, Sufjan Stevens, Spoon, Holly Throsby and Jack Ladder).

The Message – Kibbs & Mac Folklaw

Kibbs & Mac Folklaw is about telling stories through song. It’s about acknowledging life—the good bits and the not-so-good bits—and celebrating that, regardless. Apart from telling stories through song, Kibbs and Mac support various causes the believe in. Both musicians have been personally affected through loved ones lived experience with the causes they support, such as: Heart disease; Cancer; Dementia; and Mental illness.

Gift a copy of their debut via iTunes

Heart Of Sorrow – Lyn Bowtell

Lyn Bowtell is a singer / Songwriter, regarded by her peers as one of the best in the business. She is a 2013 APRA Song of The Year finalist, two-time Golden Guitar winner, MO Award winner, Toyota Star Maker winner, and was nominated for two Golden Guitars in the 2013 Country Music Awards for Best Female Artist and Best Alternative Album of the year. Bowtell is about to release her latest album ‘Heart of Sorrow’. Recorded with Producer Shane Nicholson, ‘Heart of Sorrow is a journey through the diverse landscape of Lyn’s musical influences.

You can suprise someone with this album on Christmas morning by visiting Lyn’s site –

A Velvet Hour – Mark Cashin & The Lil Hussys

Mark Cashin & The Lil Hussys Australian recording touring group are a mainstay in Australia’s live music scene with a timeless superlative quality, captivating global audiences with their definitive Aussie rock signature of genre-spanning songs with melodic vocals and catchy rock accented hooks.

Harder To Tame – McAlister Kemp

Multi-award winning Australian country music duo McAlister Kemp write, record and perform music that touches on core values, real people, great fun and great music! McAlister Kemp have quickly established themselves as a headline main stage act at music festivals across Australia. They have performed at the prestigious CMA Music Festival in Nashville and have even opened for US country superstar Alan Jackson.

Buy “Harder To Tame” on iTunes

Morgan Evans – Morgan Evans

When local singer/songwriter Morgan Evans releases his self-titled debut album on March 14, it will be the culmination of a musical journey that began when he started his first band at the age of thirteen. It’s a journey that has seen the Novocastrian tour with international superstars like Taylor Swift and Alan Jackson, play to over 50,000 people in Nashville at the world’s biggest country music festival and build a large, devoted following as he’s played the length and breadth of his native land.

Grab his debut here –

Bombido – Paul Woseen

Renowned as one of the most prolific songwriters in Australian Rock, Paul Woseen has spent the past 25 years as the bassist, songwriter and backing vocalist with legendary Australian rock band, The Screaming Jets. Not only did 2013 see the Jets back out on the road, playing to sold-out venues across the country on their “Real Deal” tour, it also marked the release of Paul Woseen’s debut Solo Album ‘Bombido’.

Lions – People’s Palace

In 2013, Peoples Palace went on tour across the country hitting major locations like Garden Hotel, LockUp Music festival, Easter Fest Music Festival, Groove in the Moo After Party, Mini Day Out Music Festival, Wagga Wagga, Dubbo RSL, Crooked Mountain Concert, Flix in the Stix, Sydney Royal Easter Show, The World Bar. Their tour hit its peak when they won the prestigious Triple J One Night Stand Competition and played in front of 18,000 people live. In 2014, the band released their EP ‘Lions’ which climbed to the Top #40 Unearthed Charts. Currently, they continue to tour throughout the year and are currently being pitched to US record labels and publishing companies for the year 2015.

You can purchase a copy of the single on iTunes

Kickin’ Up Dust – Viper Creek Band

VCB believed that country music in Australia was ready for an exciting new sound and began writing songs, rehearsing, playing live and building a loyal fan base .
Fast forward to 2014 and they were one of the most talked about acts at this year’s Tamworth Country Music Festival and have just kick started a five month tour with Australian country’s male super duo McAlister Kemp plus appearances at Gympie Muster and CMC Rocks The Hunter Australia’s premier country music event (alongside USA stars Toby Keith, Kellie Pickler, Love and Theft and Eli Young Band) through the year.

Give the gift of the VCB via their website –

Some Songs That I Wrote – Jake Folbigg

Jake Folbigg is a 26yr old Solo Acoustic Musician who picked up the guitar at age 14 and never looked back. he last 10yrs has seen a growing respect for Jake’s smooth vocals and impressive guitar work. Incorporating a loop pedal into his performances allows Jake to showcase his solo work on the Acoustic Guitar and add percussive beats to his performance. Covering artists from Jack Johnson, John Mayer and Bob Marley through to Amy Winehouse, Cold Chisel and Bill Withers, Jake plays a wide variety of cover songs as well as his originals.

Give the gift of Jake Folbigg –

Discoveries -Terence Koo

Award winning Australian jazz musician Terence Koo is one of the most highly sought after jazz performers in the Newcastle area. A pianist, composer, producer, and teacher, Terence lectures music at the University of Newcastle, and has shared the stage with performers such as Francine Bell, Sandip Burman, Nic Cicere, John Cleary, Su Cruickshank, Andy Firth, George Golla, Ashleigh Grace, Damien Leith, Bruce Mathiske, Wendy Matthews, Dave Pudney, and Glen Shorrock. Terence has released two feature albums, and recorded as a session musician on numerous others. With a Masters of Arts in Jazz Education, an Associate Diploma of Music, Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours, and a University Medal, Terence’s music has been described as intelligent, sophisticated, elegant, passionate, exciting and spontaneous.

Written by Newcastle Live

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