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Greene Fills Regular Gig at Northern Star

Greene Fills Regular Gig at Northern Star

Who: Paul Greene
Where: Northern Star Hotel
Author: Jade Lazerevic
When: Friday February 1, 2002

SYDNEY solo artist Paul Greene is among those musicians who love to come back to Newcastle to perform again and again.

The athlete-turned-musician was thrilled to be offered a weekly gig at the Northern Star Hotel for six weeks.

Greene began the residency a fortnight ago and so far the result has been wonderful.

'I did a few one-off things and just fell in love with the town,' he said.

'It's got such a good vibe.

'Last week, the place was packed and I seemed to have a really good response.'

Greene is armed with an acoustic guitar, harmonica and stomp box which acts as his drum.

During his first gig at the hotel, Greene was prepared to perform to a set of mellow material.

He soon realised the crowd wanted a big night and he was exhausted by the end of the show.

Since trading in his running shoes for a guitar two years ago, Greene has been performing consistently throughout the country.

'It was a bit of a career change but I've always played music,' he said.

'It has been the best couple of years of my life.

'Music just feels more natural to me.'

His instincts lead to the recording of his debut album The Miles which blends folk with pop.

Greene recorded the album with musicians including Alex Lloyd's drummer Lee Moloney, Skunkhour keyboard player Paul Searls and Midnight Oil percussionist Rob Hirst. The Miles is available in Newcastle from Beaumont St.

Greene will perform in the front bar at the Northern Star on Friday night.

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