Four Shires, four venues, four Sundays in May and over 440 people enjoying the sounds of the Upper Hunter Conservatorium of Music “Motown by the GrooveHunters” and the supporting acts in Singleton and Dungog.
The Upper Hunter Conservatorium of Music and Arts Upper Hunter joined forces to bring the music from the 60s and 70s. Free concerts were held at: Singleton, Muswellbrook, Scone and Dungog.
Andrew French Northan, Director of the Upper Hunter Conservatorium of Music said, “You can experience some of the of the greatest pop music ever written. It’s sort of interesting that Detroit came up with this extraordinary array of music. Following World War 2 and post industrialisation there was this mass migration to the huge factories, and some of the most incredible musicians in America ended up in one place at one time in that bizarre little room called the Snakepit. Magical music generated in this small little room.”
Sunday 2 May – Singleton Civic Centre. Supported by Singleton Town Band.
Sunday 9 May – Upper Hunter of Conservatorium of Music, Muswellbrook.
Sunday 16 May – St Lukes Hall, Scone.
Sunday 23 May – James Theatre, Dungog. Supported by Rory Ellis Band.
The Upper Hunter Conservatorium of Music
The Upper Hunter Conservatorium of Music provides music tuition at various locations throughout the region. They have studios operating in Singleton and Muswellbrook and also teach at 20 schools across the district. Lessons are provided across an area ranging from Murrurundi and Blandford in the north, to Nulkaba in the south and Merriwa in the west.
Singleton Town Band
The present Singleton Town Band formed in 1878 making it one of the oldest established bands in the Commonwealth. The STB has three distinct bands – senior, intermediate and late starters. The band regularly performs at major local events including Australia Day and Anzac Day, and hosts the annual “Bands in Concert”. For more details https://singletontownband.wordpress.com/about/
He’s been likened to Leonard Cohen, Springsteen and Tom Waits in the UK, Waylon Jennings here in Australia, and in Germany, they said he could be their next Bob Dylan.
When you hear him sing with his unforgettably deep, soulful, gravelly voice mixed with a swag of blues, you would be forgiven for totally disbelieving that he once sang Opera. But it shows in the quality and presentation of this entertaining, highly acclaimed singer songwriter. Americana is his chosen field, still you cannot box this man and his music into one package.
Images and Video by Anna Rankmore.