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There is a big four nights of live music on stage at The Stag & Hunter this week:

Thursday, October 6th – See’s Merewerether Fats Blues Jam back at The Stag for a night of some of the best Blues in Newie, sadly without the man himself Mark Salter, who passed away suddenly last month. Mark will be greatly missed.

Mark Salter 'Merewether Fats'

Mark Salter ‘Merewether Fats’


Friday, October 7th – Caiti Baker’s  ‘Heavy On My Heart’ east coast tour, hits The Stag with special guest Chris Rose. Caiti Baker, a vocalist and front woman raised on the sounds that birthed popular music, is soon to release her new music onto the masses. Born into a household filled with vinyl, CDs and tapes of blues, soul, gospel, jazz, big band and rock & roll, Caiti’s father, a blues musician himself, made sure that she was raised amongst music. Whether it was playing on the stereo, in the car, at a concert or attending week long festivals – music was everywhere.

Saturday, October 8th – The Mansons with The Autumn Hearts & Flight to Dubai. Punk Rockers, The Mansons originally flourished in the city of Newcastle, 120kms north of Sydney, Australia from 1981 to 1983.

Starting as a series of jam sessions at the house of Monkee Manson in mid-1981, Harry and Monkee had been school chums from Marist Brothers High School and together decided to change the face of Novocastrian music for ever.

After leaving school Monkee became a metallurgist for B.H.P. and met Curlee Manson, who was also in the same field of study.

Providence begat them a drummer one day when a 14 year old boy came jumping over the fence for a ball. He became enlisted as Donny Manson, later changing his name to Donny Anarchy.

The line up now consisted of Harry Manson on vocals and wig wearing, Monkee Manson on guitar, Curlee on bass and Donny on drums.


Sunday, October 9th – Nick Murray with Shawn Lidster. Nick Murray is a folk-blues musician from Sydney. He’s been a headline act as part of the RAW Sydney event “Grandeur” at Manning Bar in 2015 and performed in the ‘Feeling the Street’ competition, which brought together street musicians from all over the world.

He has performed at many well-known Sydney venues including The Soda Factory, The Gasoline Pony, a residency at Corridor Bar, LazyBones, The Brass Monkey and Mr Falcon’s. He has been a mainstay in the Sydney busking scene, regularly performing at Hyde Park and surrounding areas. His striking appearance and rapport with the audience make for a memorable musical experience. He has been interviewed and played live on ‘Blues Radio’ on Northside Radio Station, Alive 90.5 and Tribes of Sydney on 2RRR.

Nick Murray

Nick Murray