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We had the pleasure of catching up in the studio with popular Newcastle muso Trevor Dare this week, to take a few shots for Trevor’s upcoming album ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’. Trevor has been a part of Newcastle’s vibrant live music scene since the 1970’s playing with many iconic Newcastle bands including eighties legends The Idols. 

The Idols (L-R: Trevor Dare, Steve ‘Mac’ McLennan, Graham Whittingham,
John Shelly, Mick Visser)

We are more than a little excited about this one here at The Swamphouse, ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ is a killer 12 track collection of some of Trevor’s favourite songs from the likes of The Beatles, Del Shannon, Led Zeppelin and plenty more, all done in Trevor’s own style, with a relative who’s who of some of Newcastle’s best rock vocalists performing on each track.

We asked Trevor to tell us a little about his new album “I started this project with the help of my friend Mark Tinson. I could have recorded a CD of original songs but they were just ok songs ..Why do a CD full of just ok songs when I could do some of the greatest songs ever written. So I decided on doing a CD of my favorite songs that mean something to me over the years and I hope you as well.”

Trevor went on to talk about the other musicians involved “Next was who did I want in my band, Drums & Bass was an easy decision…Steve (Mac) Mclennan and Craig T Foster …Two mates who I’ve played with for most of my music life. Great players and friends. Guitar..I didn’t want to use any other guitarist as I wanted to see if I could do everything myself. A lot of the songs are out of my comfort zone but I wanted to push myselfKeyboards, I asked Dave Tavender would he be interested. Dave, I met recently great player and he ended up playing on most of the CD for me”

What about the vocals? “Vocals…I thought about who would suit each song and then rang and asked them would they be interested…they all said Yes…So many talented singers in Newcastle Ronnie Peel(Rockwell T James), Mike Vee, Justin Ngariki, Ty Penshore, Choc Eriwata, Mick Standen, Jarrod Daunt, Dave Carter, David Patten, Julie Wilson, Linda Weatherburn and Pam Gully.”

The album was Recorded and Mixed by Mark Tinson

‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ CD launch is the 10th Oct at Lizottes (which is also Trevor’s 60th Birthday ) Everybody who’s on the CD will be there on stage performing.


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