HE gave us ‘The Ballad of Joey Johns’, and for that we are eternally grateful.
But Newcastle folk/alternative musician Joshua Ballico, who performs under the name Bofolk Ballico, wasn’t done.
He’s put together a band, Nah Mate, whose first release, a full recording of the unofficial Newcastle anthem complete with a new video dropped last week, and the group plan on releasing more original rugby league-themed songs.
As well as Ballico, Nah Mate consists of Sam Cupitt (vocals), Ryan Cox (harmonica and electric guitar), Dhare Labbe (bass) and Andrew Greentree (drums). But for ‘The Ballad of Joey Johns’ they were also assisted by Shaun Danger on electric guitar and Spencer Scott on bass.
We wanted to know what other songs the band might cover, and suggested maybe a Cliffy Lyons themed tune that centered on his penchant for rolled cigarettes and inch-perfect inside balls.
“I don't want to give too much away, but I'll say that we discuss Newcastle rivals in one of our songs,” Ballico said.
“We also flashback to the 2002 Origin series and discuss one of our favourite commentators.
“The attention received by the original video was enough to make me think there was an audience out there for these songs. “A niche.
“But after recording the original I practiced the song with my band. “It went really well live and sounded great with a full band.
“That's really what motivated me to make this recording and video.
“Sam Cupitt had endless lyric ideas that were all worth pursuing.
“The songs will not exclusively be about Newcastle players, but will all be sung from a Novocastrian perspective.”