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The Stag & Hunter Hotel has two cracker nights of live music this weekend with two hot guitarists, Bluesman Darren Jack and singer-songwriter Mick Hart, hitting the stage. Both shows are free, so head on in and enjoy some world class live music at one of Newcastle’s best live music venues.

Friday, May 26th: Darren Jack Band | 8 pm Free Entry –  Multiple award-winning Australian Blues musician Darren Jack has been electrifying audiences with his signature powerhouse Rock ‘n’ Blues and original music for over twenty years. Darren first fired up the Blues scene as the driving force behind award-winning band Third Degree which introduced a legion of Blues enthusiasts to his powerful vocals and exceptional artistry on the guitar. After six years fronting the band, Darren ventured out as a solo artist under the name Darren Jack. For the past 13 years he has collaborated with some of Australia’s finest musicians, touring throughout the country thrilling audiences with his passionate performances and proving why he is regarded as one of Australia’s top Blues musicians.

In 2012 Darren Jack released his fourth solo album “Better Place”. Featuring eight original tracks and a more refined approach to his powerful vocals, he experimented across genres in this album while retaining his true authenticity to the Blues. His relentless efforts and maturity as a songwriter were rewarded that year when the album swept up five awards at the 2012 Australian Blues Music Awards, including Best Album of the Year.

Further success and recognition continued when he won the Band Category of the Sydney Blues Challenge 2012 and was selected to represent Sydney in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee in 2013. Darren Jack received outstanding responses to his powerhouse trio…
Darren Jack has played alongside some his most important artistic influences, opening for and sharing the stage with artists such as: Robert Cray (USA), Jimmie Vaughan (USA), Canned Heat (USA), Ford Blues Band (USA), George Thorogood (USA), Chris Cain (USA), Andy Just (USA), Long John Baldry (UK), Kevin Borich, Ian Moss, Jeff Lang, Phil Emmanuel, Dave Hole, and Chain.

Saturday, May 27th: Mick Hart | 8 pm Free Entry –  Singer/songwriter Mick Hart has been touring the world for the past 15 years, playing festivals and concerts all over Australia, France, Holland, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Belgium, England, Ireland, Scotland, Japan and the USA.

Praised all over the globe by critics and fans including BEN HARPER and JEFF BUCKLEY’s ex-manager DAVE LORY, MICK has played support to BOB DYLAN, COLDPLAY, STING, VAN MORRISON, PAUL WELLER, GOMEZ, TAJ MAHAL, ZWAN, THE PRETENDERS, PAUL KELLY, JOHN BUTLER TRIO and many more.10 years after being ARIA nominated for “Best Blues and Roots” 2002, Mick is back with a brand new release, his 7th studio album “SIDE BY SIDE” . The album features Mick and bandmates Damian Leonard (bass) and Tony Chubb (drums), in a beautiful indie folk journey. 13 tracks in all, including the 60s inspired “Just Another Daydream”, the sweet and intimate “Fall Into Me” and of course some brilliant slide guitar moments including “Cut You Up” and the title track “Side By

The Stag & Hunter Hotel

Ph. (02) 4968 1205
187 Maitland Rd Mayfield
NSW, Australia 2304


If you’re heading in for a gig make sure you get there early and grab a bite to eat at the Stag’s fabulous Bistro.

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