THE OSMAN: Mi-Sex and The Angels plus more…

The Osman is back with his weekly Newcastle Live post…


How good were Mi-Sex and The Angels at The Doylo last Saturday Night. Absolutely magnificent. Both these bands bring back so many memories from the 70s and 80s and really know how to put on a show. Apart from the great music from days gone by, several similarities between the bands exist. They both have released music with their current lineups and they both have in the past lost their lead singers. Both current frontmen, Steve Balbi (Mi-Sex) and Dave Gleeson (The Angels) are not trying to replace Steve Gilpin or Doc Neeson, they are both bringing their style to each band to continue the legacy of the music of the bands that has been left by past frontmen. Sarah Gilpin, daughter of the late Steve Gilpin was in the crowd, front row, lapping up the performance as she often does, trekking down from Queensland to follow her dad’s band around. We all get another opportunity to rock out to both bands as they will be appearing at Belmont 16s on Saturday 6th August as part of the Hardwired Tour. It may already be booked out, so check with the Club for availability.

That brings us to this week’s program, Ossie And Friends (Lake Macquarie FM 97.3) as we will be having a chat on the phone with Murray (Muzza) Burns, keyboard player from Mi-Sex, courtesy of Golden Robot Records, Social Family Records and Music Solutions Warners Bay. Muzza will be chatting with us about the newly released single from Mi-Sex, MySex YourSex and an upcoming album from the band, due for release in September. The new song was greeted with roaring support at the gig on Saturday Night. Muzza and I will have a chat about last Saturday Night’s gig, the Belmont 16s gig coming up and the single and album. We will play some of the classics from Mi-Sex as well as the new single.

Guests in the studio tonight will be young Central Coast mum, Renae Curby, followed by the band Mirrabooka.

Renae Curby is a young mum, juggling her family duties with an ambition to sing and to write her own songs. Renae braved it last night (Tuesday) and attended the Open Mic at The Coast Hotel at Budgewoi, getting up on stage and belting out a song or two. Renae enjoys singing a variety of covers and is working on one or two originals songs as well. Young Corey Turner will be accompanying Renae in the studio tonight on guitar and together they will perform three songs live and we will chat about Renae’s music and hear her life story. Renae’s visit is brought to you by Cardiff Golf Driving Range.

Central Coast Band, Mirrabooka, brought to you by VIBES atThe Coast Hotel Budgewoi, have released a brand new album, River Of Dreams, chocker-block with 16 tracks. Mirrabooka is a four-piece band playing sweet original tunes and popular hits, using a wide variety of musical instruments and vocals. The band is made up of two husband and wife teams, Liz and Rob Kitney and Rosemary and David Glenn Ewing. Some of the instruments that this talented group use include your usual guitars and drums, mixed in with ukulele, mandolin, flutes, penny whistles and banjo-lele, among others. Together they create some beautiful tunes. Liz and Rob Kitney from the band will join us in the studio and we will hear a live performance as well as play some tracks off the new album River Of Dreams. Rob also comes with some fantastic stories from the music industry, we will try and drag some of those out of him. We will also have a chat about the Central Coast Ukelele Festival coming up in September and how listeners can get involved in their local ukulele clubs.

With Aussie Ossie Radio, we have regular weekly programs, including Locals Only on a Monday Night which presents 3 hours of music from bands and artists from the Central Coast/Lake Macquarie/Newcastle areas. Locals’ music is also played throughout the week in various playlists on the station. Some other programs are Pedal To The Metal (Metal Show) 10pm on Thursdays, This Is Australia (60s, 70s, 80’s) 11am on Saturdays, High Noon Country on Sundays at 12noon and Blues and Roots on Sunday Night from 8.30pm

Musos are most welcome to send their music in to have it played on Aussie Ossie Radio and if you are local and would like to come to the Lake Macquarie FM 97.3 studios on a Wednesday Night to be part of that program, simply make contact via the Facebook Pages and we can book you in, We are currently booked out until late August, so get in as soon as possible to secure your spot.

For the punter out there, if you are looking for a gig to see this weekend, of course check out the Gig Guide on Newcastle Live. A few bands or artists I can recommend for this week:

VIBES at The Coast Hotel Budgewoi Thursday Night 6.30pm, 3 bands, FREE and patrons can go into the draw to win a Fender Strat Guitar.

JESSE FILDES is appearing at The Central Charlestown Leagues Club on Friday Night.

DARREN ROLLING KEYS always puts on a good show, he is at Summerland Sporties on Friday Night.

WHISKEY BUSINESS DUO is appearing at The Family Hotel at Maitland on Saturday Night.

DV8 at The Iron Horse Inn on Saturday Night.

WENDY MATTHEWS at Lizotte’s on Saturday Night, always a top performance.

On Sunday, I am trying to decide where I might head out to, I have an opportunity to see some live music.

GEORGINA GRIMSHAW is a young lady with a beautiful voice and a new EP on the way, if you are out Denman way, Georgina is at The Denman Hotel on Sunday.

MARYANNE REX is at Rathmines Bowling Club, Sunday.

DAXTON MONAGHAN is at The Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto on Sunday.

BEN TRAVIS is at The Queens Wharf Hotel on Sunday

PAPARAZZI at The Gateshead Tavern this Sunday.

Decisions, decisions……..

Check the Newcastle Live Gig Guide and get out and see some live music over the weekend.

Come on over and say Hi on Facebook, @ossieandfriends. Until next week, cheers, Ossie


I have been involved with Community Radio for over 20 years and the same with my Youth Work. I currently present a weekly program, Ossie And Friends on Community Radio Station, Lake Macquarie FM 97.3, Wednesdays from 6pm. Another of my projects is my internet radio station, Aussie Ossie Radio. On that station, I play Aussie Music 24/7. Both have Facebook Pages, @ossieandfriends and @aussieossieradio.

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