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On stage this week at Newcastle’s home of original live music The Stag & Hunter Hotel is;

Friday, January 13th – Boneman with special guests Arcades & Lions and The Bad Time BoysRaw blues meets classic strings – Boneman ‘Hendrik de Vries’ was trained in classical violin at an early age and performed with the Kew Philharmonic Orchestra in his early teens as the violin soloist. He also performed with the Adelaide Conservatorium of Music Symphony Orchestra at the age of 16. As his horizons expanded he started performing as a session musician and recording with artists such as Billy Miller of The Spaniards; James Freud and Sean Kelly (The Models) and worked on a recording with Lobby Lloyd. He appeared in a cameo role on Countdown with John Justin and the Thunderwings before his blossoming career was rudely interrupted by a head on collision and a 3 1/2 month stint in hospital with multiple fractures and internal injuries. This didn’t keep him down for long and he went on to play with several other bands and performed with Broderick Smith. After years of support for other musicians and teaching violin, Hendrik has gathered together a bunch of talented musicians from the Newcastle area to form Boneman



Saturday, January 14th – Mick HartBlues/ Roots – Australian 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.

Sunday, January 15th – Alby Pool & The No City Limits Band and Shawn LidsterCountry – Alby Pool has become one of the greatest country music artists in Australia. Alby left Western Australia in 1964 with a travelling show called the Midget Surfari’s (aka Phil & Tommy Emmanuel and their extended family, Phil was 11 and Tommy was 9) and performed all through SA and into Vic where they parted ways in Mildura. Alby’s most recent release doesn’t disappoint. His vocals are wonderful and his material impeccable. He has a gifted ear for picking a great country song. All of the material is from American country writers. Talent flows in the blood as his daughter Melody has been bitten by the country bug, and performs all around Australia.

Country – Shawn Lidster has the gift of music has taken this Newfoundland, Canadian singer/songwriter on an up
and down a voyage of some 17,000km to Australia. Along the way he has followed his heart taken the time to let the dreams spirits and ghosts of the Songlines lead him on his journey to Devil & the Angel.