Up to funny business

TIME is running out to buy tickets to see comedian Jimmy Carr doing what he does best in Newcastle on Sunday –making people laugh.

The English stand-up kinghas been in demand since he arrived in Australia earlier this monthfor his national Funny Business tour, and the Herald has been advised there are only a handful of tickets left to his January 24 show at the Civic Theatre –if that.

Tickets are $79.90 through Ticketek.

SHAKE’N BAKENEWCASTLE’S Cambridge Hotel is the next stop for the Shake n Bake tour featuringBoo Seeka, Bootleg Rascal and Lyall Maloney.

It’s been a big debut year for Boo Seeka. The duo’selectrosoul sounds struck a chord with music lovers and they havealreadyheadlined Australian tours, travelled to Europe andpicked up a nomination for a Triple J unearthed artist of the year.

Bootleg Rascal’sunique dub-hop sound works particularly well live and as for talented producerLyall Moloney, prepare tomellow out and be lostin the music.

EDGY: Stand-up comedian and television presenter Jimmy Carr brings his Funny Business tour to Newcastle’s Civic Theatre on January 24.

See all three artists, and maybe a special guest or two,at The Cambridge on Friday. Doors open at 8pm. Tickets at bigtix老域名备案老域名.

ROCK ANTI-HEROESSEX Pistols bass playerGlenMatlockwill be joined on stage bySlim JimPhantomand Earl Slick at The Cambridge on March 2.

Phantom was the drummer with rockabilly bands Stray Cats and The Head Cat, a side project for Motorhead’sLemmy. Slick played lead guitar on albums by David Bowie and John Lennon, and toured with Bowie.

If you missed the mayhem of the’70s, this is a rare chance to hear the songs that made punk, rockabilly and glam history performed by the history makers themselves.Tickets through bigtix老域名备案老域名.

ALL THINGS TINNYAUSTRALIAN beer tin connoisseurs, TheTinny Appreciation Society, will celebrate the tinny at The Small Ballroom on January 26.

On the line-up are headlinersSkegss,The Pinheadsand Maids, as well as Latham’s Grip,Split Feed, Wash,The Sufferjets,Raave Tapes,Pals andVacations.

Triple J’sHottest 100 will be playing in the main bar and in thebeer garden, which will be set up with a free barbecue, blow-up pool, cockroach races and selected $5 tinnies. Doors open at noon. Tickets $15 from oztix老域名备案老域名.

SOUTHERN SOUNDSCOUNTRY with a distinctly Melbourne twist will be served to punters at The Stag and Hunter Hotel on January 24.Deep Down Southis atravelling revue led by Lachlan Bryan and starring Mat Alford, Tom Dockray, Jemma Nicole, Brooke Russell, Les Thomas, Andrew Swift and Gretta Ziller. The gig kicks off at 8pm. Admission is free.

SWAN SONGTHE Australian Chamber Orchestra is in Newcastle next month for what will be a bittersweet performance.

It will be Newcastle violistChristopher Moore’s final tour with the Australian Chamber Orchestra before joining the Melbourne Symphony as principal viola.

A spokeswoman for the orchestra said: “Chris has been one of the biggest musical personalities in the ACO’s great cast of characters, and we will miss his unique combination of the most subtle and sophisticated musicianship with his outrageous, larrikin behaviour and his irreverent humour. Our huge loss is the Melbourne Symphony’s immeasurable gain.”

Chris was born in Newcastle and, after studying with two prominent Sydney Suzuki teachers, Marjorie Hystek and the late Harold Brissendon, completed his Bachelor of Music in Newcastle with violinist and pedagogue Elizabeth Holowell.

The Australian Chamber Orchestrawill perform Beethoven & The 21st Century at Newcastle City HallonFebruary 4. Doors open at 7.30pm.

SMYTH GOES SOLOSTEVE Smyth is taking to the stage at5 Sawyerstonight for a one-off solo performance.

Having spent most of 2015 touring Europe, this is short run of local shows isa rare treatfor Smyth fans.He will be supported by soul-pop duoAdrianna Rouge and Ava.

Entry to this show is free however capacity is limited so don’t be late. Table bookings can be made by groups of 10 or more.Doors open at 6pm.

APRA AWARDSDANIEL Johns is in the running for a 2016 APRA award for his song Aerial Love.

Courtney Barnett, Tame Impala, Troy Cassar-Daley, Pond, Hiatus Kaiyote, The Waifs, Birds of Tokyo, Joel Little, C.W. Stoneking,Vance Joy and Jarryd Jamesare among the nomineesin the running for the Song of the Year award.

The peer-voted top five will be announced in March and the winner in April.

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