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Hi dear friends and welcome to my first newsletter. I am very happy to have this opportunity to share some of the highlights of the past two years with you. Since August 2001, I have been based in Brisbane, Australia and working the club scene throughout Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast. During this time, I have had the pleasure of working regularly with my good friend, John McSweeny. John runs a show time circuit throughout Brisbane and I was fortunate to be included in many of these shows. We performed regular spots at clubs such as the Kedron Wavell, the Pine Rivers Bowls, Bronco Leagues and North Leagues. Another bonus was to perform regularly at the Caloundra RSL and Caboolture RSL – just a couple of the clubs on the Brisbane Circuit.

At Christmas, I returned home to Dunedin, New Zealand and it was great to catch up with my family and spend quality time with them. I flew back to Australia on January 8th and on arrival in Brisbane, I collected my car and drove straight to Tamworth! I stayed there with my good friend Paul Rowe, who showed me around and I caught up with all the preparations for the upcoming Tamworth festival. Next stop was Sydney where I was engaged to perform a series of 8 shows for well-known performer and promoter Ben McCauley. On the 11th January, I performed alongside a variety of other artists at the Wentworthville Leagues Club. Also on the bill that night was Michael King – a young singer doing great things throughout the Australian country music scene. Michael was promoting his brand new album, which had a few nominations in the Tamworth Awards. Also on the showcase line up was Kiwi girl, Camille Ne-Tahu – a very talented lady who does a lot of backup vocals for some of Australia’s top country stars. The following were the venues for the Sydney shows:

11th Jan – Wentworth Leagues    12th Jan – Shell Harbour Leagues    13th Jan – Central Leagues Club    17th Jan – Illawarra Leagues    18th Jan – Punchbowl RSL

I spent the 19th and 20th January in Tamworth for interviews and promotional engagements. Then it was back in the car for the drive back to Brisbane. The trip took about 13 hours but I caught up with a lot of the clubs and venues along the way, as well as taking in the countryside. Back in Brisbane we settled into rehearsals for more shows and on the 23rd January, we appeared at the North Leagues Club for a 11am morning Melody show with good friend Rob Stevenson. Next we appeared at the Arana Leagues Club - another morning melody with Rob. On Sunday, 26th January, we appeared with the John McSweeny band for a 3-hour show at the Pine Rivers Bowls Club. What a great way to finish off the month of January!

In February, I appeared as a guest on the John McSweeny show in one of Brisbane’s bigger clubs - the Kedron Wavell RSL. This was a great show and was followed on 26th February by an appearance on the Terry Scott Show at the Bronco’s Leagues Club.

March may have been a quiet month as far as the shows were concerned but I was busy at the Dominique studios in Brisbane where I wrote and recorded a jingle for the world famous doll maker Jan McLean. This is for an infomercial promoting The Lollipop Girls, which is the name of a series of dolls in the Jan McLean range which will soon be released world wide. The recording was very successful with much positive feedback. This will lead to worldwide radio and television promotions for The Lollipop Girls – for more information, check out Jan’s website on www.JanMcleandolls.com .On the 28th March, we appeared with the John McSweeny show at the Bronco Leagues Club. This show was extremely well-received, leading to the club requesting more bookings.

April proved another good month for shows with an appearance at the Arana Leagues club with the John McSweeny show and other guests. On the 22nd April, I performed a duo spot with good friend Mick Martin at the morning Melody show at the Bronco Leagues Club. This was the first time that Mick and I had played as a duo so it went down really well with the crowd. Mick is highly regarded as one of the finest guitarists in Queensland. The following day saw my last appearance in Queensland at the Caloundra RSL club as I was returning home to Dunedin, New Zealand the following weekend. This ended a very successful time in Queensland and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It has left me interested in returning at some stage during the year to continue in the club and music scene.  

My return to New Zealand saw me straight into the release of my new album! This is a double album called “Choosey” out on Capital Records. This has been released through EMI Records NZ and I am very excited about this as to get a release on a major label is a great achievement in New Zealand. The album came about when my producer, Gary Daverne offered the material to EMI and they decided to release it to coincide with New Zealand Music Month. The CD is selling well and is available at all good record stores (and here on the website!). We are currently in negotiation with the Kiwi Record Company in Wellington who are interested in releasing a compilation album so all going well, there should be another album released in the month of July. We hope to release “Choosey” overseas later this year and will be concentrating initially on the Australian market. In the meantime, I am settling back into life in New Zealand and hoping to secure some dates to perform here so I will keep you posted. Keep checking into the site for the updated touring schedule and hopefully I will catch up with you in your own town really soon.

Cheers

Noel

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