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Rock with the Cows

Rock with the Cows



What: Original Music at the Newcastle Regional Show
Where: Newcastle Showground
When: Wednesday March 3, 1999

AS well as chooks, cows and prize pumpkins at this week's Newcastle Regional Show there will be 12 fine specimens of the Hunter's next most famous export industry - original music!

For four days, beginning tomorrow and winding up on Sunday, Newcastle's finest groups will perform for the first time to thousands of expected show lovers.

The fun starts tomorrow from 3pm until 5pm, and Sunday from 1.30pm until 3.20pm, with LIQUAFACTION, DANK and 11ELEVEN. Friday has AUDIOPHILE, GLAD and DOSTUMLAR; Saturday has CHAMBERLAIN'S DOG, CHICAINE and MOTHER POPCORN; Sunday features SUPERSONIC, ARMY OF PRAWNS and TRACTOR. LIQUAFACTION: Aims to provide entertainment to people, playing originals and/or covers. Formed 18 months ago. Features RUSSELL THORNTON on lead vocals, keyboards and harmonica, ADAM MILLER on guitar, LACHLAN RENWICK on bass and SIMON ARCHIBALD on drums.

DANK: Aims 'to be recognised and liked for its original music Australia wide.' Formed 12 months ago. Features SCOTT BROGDEN on guitars and vocals, CRAIG SPARKS on guitar, BEN SIMPSON on bass guitar and SHANE MCGILVRAY on drums. Members aged from 16 to 23.

11ELEVEN: The originals face of covers band JACKAL. Formed last year the band placed second in the EXPOZAY band comp. Features MATT SHAW on lead vocals, PAUL FLAHERTY on guitar, BRENDAN TOMPSETT on bass and STEVEN MARSH on drums.

AUDIOPHILE: 'Imagine THURSTON MOORE from SONIC YOUTH in a V8 in the 1980s' and you have an idea of the sound of AUDIOPHILE. Winners of the EXPOZAY band comp, AUDIOPHILE will use their prize - studio time at Igloo Stdudios - in March and April. Features TIM MCPHEE on guitar and vocals, ALEX NEVIN on guitar, MATT ROSETTI on percussion and MATT MCPHEE on bass and vibes.

GLAD: 'Guitar-driven four-piece pop song machine', focusing on 'creating catchy memorable melodic tunes'. ANDREW TAYLOR on guitars and vocals, PAUL COXON on bass and vocals, CHRIS DAVIES on keyboards and guitar, and KRISTIAN MILBURN on drums and vocals.

DOSTUMLAR: Meaning 'comrades' in Turkish DOSTUMLAR won the 1998 Newcastle University Campus Band Competition with its jangly guitars, soaring string arrangements and funky rhythms. Features KATIA SMITH on vocals, CHRIS WOOD on drums, JASON TEMPAKE on violin, ANDREW MCGURIK on guitars and CHRIS WASH on bass.

CHAMBERLAN'S DOG: Formed two years ago, Chamberlan's Dog is well known in the Cessnock and Maitland areas. Have organised drug- and alcohol-free all-ages concerts in Cessnock. Working on a new CD this year. TOM PALMER on lead vocals and harmonica, JASON HENDERSON on guitars and vocals, NATHAN CHAPMAN on drums and SHANE PINCHEN on bass.

CHICAINE: Three piece band, three songwriters, all performing vocals in the rock and pop ouvre. And they look cute too!

MOTHER POPCORN: Playing commercial covers and original material, Mother Popcorn formed two years ago vowing to play only once a month. This year however the band is stepping up the amount of performances. Members are BOB CORBETT, DAVE CARTER, PAUL ELLIOT, CHRIS LOWE and GUY DE VILLE.

SUPERSONIC: One of the highlights of the SMOEKESTACK CD due out next week, Supersonic was formed two years ago and is the first band for all of its teen members. Features MARK WELLS on vocals and guitar, MATT PLUMMER on vocals and lead guitar, ALEXANDER MCINTYRE on bass guitar and TIM RUSSELL on drums.

ARMY OF PRAWNS: With a wry sense of humour Army Of Prawns have built themselves a small but devoted following for their 'alternative rock/pop/funk and soft hip hop' music. Band members are aged 16 and 17. Lead singer HEATH PARWN is the brother of SILVERCHAIR front man DANIEL JOHNS but the band does not play on this fact at all. (We just thought you might be interested to know.) Other members are drummer RICHARD PRAWN, guitarist GERARD PRAWN and bass player OWEN PRAWN.

TRACTOR: Original kick-arse rock band featuring KEN JEWEL on vocals and guitar, ROB CARSTEIN on drums, LEIF TISDELL on bass guitar, DARREN SEARLES on guitar.

The whole she-bang is presented by THE JAM FACTORY, an original music initiative out of the EASTERN ACOUSTIC ORGANISATION. The Jam Factory aims to tour original bands throughout the Hunter this year.



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