SECOND SERVE Newcastle obviously loves the deadpan delivery and cutting wit of British comedian Jimmy Carr. After selling out his January 11 show at the Civic Theatre, Carr this week announced a second Newcastle gig for March 3, the penultimate night of his 24-date greatest hits tour. Tickets are on sale through Ticketek.
NEW CHIC Long Island punk band Iron Chic have announced their first Australian tour in three years and it includes their maiden visit to Newcastle. The passionate five-piece, which could be described as America’s Smith Street Band, released their third album You Can’t Stay Here in October. Iron Chic play the Hamilton Station Hotel on February 3.
FRESH BEATS Melbourne duo Willow Beats are responsible for some of Australia’s most intriguing electronica due to their lush and earthly arrangements. In November they released their debut album Be Kind To Yourself and lead single Special did significant business on triple j. Willow Beats perform at the Cambridge Hotel on March 11.
HOWLIN Soul-folk troubadour Shaun Kirk is a frequent visitor to Newcastle and has built a substantial fan base. Kirk returns to 5 Sawyers on March 8 for his Howlin At The Moon tour to celebrate his forthcoming single.
FOLK STARS Who doesn’t love a good Irish jig? The Black Malabar will be dancing like it’s St Patrick’s Day on January 7 when Irish folk band Breaking Trad perform at the venue. Breaking Trad boast an Irish folk supergroup line-up of Dónal Murphy (accordion), Niall Murphy (fiddle), Mike Galvin (guitar/vocals) and Gino Lupari (vocals/bohran).