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FEBRUARY

Gigs are happening every Tuesday night at The Underground at the Grand Hotel, Newcastle
Doors open at 7:30pm. Band plays from 8:00-10:00pm.
Bar open until 12:00am.

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Cygan Groove | Tuesday 7 February

Cygan Groove are a melange of consummate musicians whose combined experience traverses jazz, classical, contemporary and world music styles. Fronted by the classic combination of guitar and violin, this frenetic four-piece is sure to baffle and delight. Allow yourself to be transported back to the old-world glamour of the 1940’s whilst still enjoying the contemporary flair of the modern world. Be astounded by their versatility as they present an engaging choice of atmospheric colours, perfect for easy listening... through to jaw dropping show pieces that will leave you wanting more.

Anthea Wikstrom – Violin 

Pana Damo Watson – Guitar

Brett Naylor – Guitar

Jeremy Burrows  – Double Bass

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Sean MacKenzie Trio | Tues 14 February

Exploring the edges of joy and beyond. Composer and pianist Sean MacKenzie’s eccentric style embodies a worldwide journey through the music of Brazil, Latin Americas, Africa, Asia and the European Gypsies. He is described as a “master storyteller” by premier Australian music critic John Shand, whose narrative “unfolds compellingly from one note to the next”. This unique style is what sets Sean apart and makes him an important artist in the fusion of world music.

Sean MacKenzie – Keys/Vocals

John Maddox – Bass/Vocals

Deva Permana – Drums

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Damian Wright | Tuesday 21 February

"Damian Wright is a brilliant flamenco guitarist...Wright showed what a captivating solo player he is on his own "In Time", and elsewhere his articulation of complex lines was fluid and dripping with conviction"- John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald.

 

DAMIAN WRIGHT is an ARIA nominated Flamenco guitarist. Damian recently released his debut album “Shifting Sands” (ABC Music) which was The Sydney Morning Heralds ‘Album of the week’ where it was described as “Glorious guitar playing”. In 2014, Damian was invited to perform as a solo artist at The Rajasthan International Folk Festival, INDIA and in 2016 performed at The Shanghai Fringe Festival, CHINA. Damian’s ensemble BANDALUZIA was invited in 2016 to perform at the biannual Adelaide International Guitar Festival curated by Slava Grigoryan & was a soloist at The Sydney International Guitar festival in 2017 & 2018.

BANDALUZIA was recently awarded "The Pick Of the Sydney Fringe" at The Sydney Fringe Festival and performed to a sold-out Sydney Opera House Concert Hall as an invited artist to TEDX Sydney 2014. BANDALUZIA has headlined The International Gypsy Music Festival, Sydney, The Global Carnival and is on Musica Viva's national touring program. In 2010Damianreceived a development grant from the Australian arts council to study flamenco guitar in Spain with Pepe Justicia, where he spent five years. Damian has recorded with ensembles RASA DUENDE & THE TRANSLATORS on ABC/Universal and Jazzgroove Records and his compositions have been played on ABC radio national and ABC Classic FM.

Damian Wright – Flamenco Guitar

James Hauptmann – Percussion

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Steve Hunter Trio | Tuesday 28 February

Steve Hunter is a virtuoso bassist, prolific composer, and band leader. While living extensively overseas Hunter established an enviable international career playing with Billy Cobham, Chick Corea, Ulf Wakenius, Jon Mark and Bobby Previte's ‘Bitches Brew Project’ and has appeared on around fifty albums. In Australia, Hunter has played and recorded with many of the countries greatest musicians and has won, or been a final nominee, for several major Australian music awards.

Steve strives for the music to reflect the composition and playing styles of the band, writing for and encouraging the input of the individual musicians to create something much more than the sum of its parts. "I like to write in all different kinds of ways; from very structured and notated through to sketches with virtually nothing on the music page. Consequently the music is carried on the strength of the ‘voices’ of the players rather than on a singular idiomatic compositional style."  To all this Hunter provides cohesion, his warm, full and authoritative bass providing a clear voice of direction, giving foundation and grounding for the adventurous music that has grown from the roots and influences
of Miles Davis, Weather Report and Chick Corea.

Hunter’s bass solo improvisations are famous and always an anticipated joy.

Matt McMahon – Keys

Steve Hunter – Bass

Gordon Rytmeister – Drums

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