Ringo’s southern stars
DATES will be announced tomorrow for Ringo Starr’s first tour of Australia since 1964, when he visited with The Beatles.
Starr will be joined by his All Starr Band, featuring guitarist Steve Lukather (Toto); bassist Richard Page (Mr. Mister); multi-instrumentalist and Tame Impala remixer Todd Rundgren; saxophonist Mark Rivera (Hall & Oates, Peter Gabriel); keyboardist Gregg Rolie (Santana, Journey); and drummer Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth).
Starr performs selected Beatles songs as well as tracks from his 16 solo albums, while each musician also performs songs from their careers.
The band’s New Zealand tour dates are Christchurch on February 7 and Auckland on February 9; they then perform in Japan in late February.
Check ringostarr.com for details.
Ukuleles invade Newcastle
THE gentle strumming of the ukulele will reverberate through the city this weekend at the inaugural Newkulele Festival.
Based at Wickham Croatian Sports Club, the festival will include three days of workshops, night-time concerts and performances, including some by Bosko and Honey, SQ4, Godfrey Uke and his Orchestra, The Jumping Fleas and Mic Conway.
Details and tickets from newkulelefestival.com
Jason and Kylie still on for duet
KYLIE Minogue has vowed to perform with Jason Donovan at a special show this year after a London concert set to feature their most famous duet was called off.
The Australian singers were planning to perform 1980s chart smash Especially For You at a gig at Hyde Park in July, but organisers axed the event after rain turned the site into a mudbath.
Both stars said they were saddened by the cancellation, and Donovan told his fans he hoped for another chance to hit the stage with his one-time girlfriend and former Neighbours co-star.
Now, Minogue insists she would be happy to appear at the rescheduled show in December – if she can find the time.
Joel tutors Nicole’s little sister
AFTER mentoring Sarah De Bono on The Voice, rocker Joel Madden has now taken his wife Nicole Richie’s sister, Sofia, under his wing and offered to produce her first album.
Lionel Richie’s 14-year-old daughter is hoping to follow in her famous father’s footsteps and launch a music career – and Sofia reveals she’s already begun penning her own tunes.
‘‘I’m always in the studio with my dad. I’ve written a few songs. I’ll start off writing rhymes, then freestyles, then I add in beats,’’ she told Teen Vogue magazine.
Separation single from The Script
IRISH band The Script have announced the second single to come from the band’s third album, #3, will be Six Degrees of Separation, for release on November 25.
The track was penned by the band – Danny O’Donoghue, Mark Sheehan and Glen Power – recorded at Sphere Studios in London and produced by Danny and Mark, along with fellow Irish producer Jimbo Barry.
The band are on the road in the US and will tour Australia in April next year.
Percival channels Ray on new album
RUNNER-UP of The Voice Darren Percival is set to release on November 16 a new album A Tribute To Ray Charles, a collection of beloved covers of the late great American musician.
Percival will perform at Jazz in the Vines, Tyrell’s Vineyard, Pokolbin, on October 27.
Duo’s tour coup for Musica Viva
MUSICA Viva Australia will present one of the most celebrated musical partnerships in the world today when they bring Anthony Marwood and Aleksandar Madzar to Newcastle next month.
Madzar grew up in the former Yugoslavia. His great interest on music led him to study piano in Moscow and later at the Strasbourg Conservatory.
Now based in Brussels, he has become one of Europe’s most sought-after soloists and chamber music partners.
Marwood was named instrumentalist of the year in 2006 by the Royal Philharmonic Society and has performed for a host of international audiences in partnership with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, BBC Symphony and many others.
For their first Australian tour the duo have chosen works known for their complexity, including Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata.
Marwood and Madzar will play at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music on November 3. Tickets from Ticketek.
Sing along at underground venue
HEAD to The Dungeon underneath Adamstown Uniting Church to see Sing Along To The Shows at 2pm on Saturday, with songs from Singin’ in the Rain, South Pacific, Blue Skies, Anything Goes, Summer Holiday and more.
Local music theatre performers Dale Blundell, John Dickeson, Lyndel Elsley and Russell Spencer will lead the singing of their favourite numbers from stage and screen.
The $10 admission includes afternoon tea, with proceeds to Camp Breakaway, which provides respite care for young people with high needs and their families. For more information, phone John and Libby Dickeson, 49435316.
Sextet of brass and concert bands
HUNTER Regional Band Association has organised for six community brass and concert bands to present a concert designed for everyone to enjoy.
Admission to the show, from 1.30pm to 5.30pm on Sunday at Toronto Workers Club, is $5 or free for children.
Inquiries: Phone Allan Shaw, 49582857.
Visitors perform Indian music
TWO US-based musicians will perform Indian classical music at the Wesley Hall in Beaumont Street, Hamilton, on Sunday, November 4.
Steve Oda was last in Australia in 2008, while Ty Burhoe travels to Australia almost annually, accompanying other distinguished Indian musicians, including Shubhendra Rao and Kala Ramnath.