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Brewery to bring alt-country sounds to Newcastle

Caitlin Harnett & The Pony Boys are bowling into the new year with a visit to Newcastle this week.

The alt-country/folk band is stopping by in celebration of a new collaboration with brewery Young Henrys.

The duo will launch a new beer, known as ‘Bowlo Bitter’, which has been inspired by their love of the local bowling club – a place where Aussies can enjoy music, food, friendly company, and drinks.

Lead singer Caitlin Harnett says people can expect a wild ride when they visit the Adamstown Bowlo on Thursday 21 January.

“I think it’s safe to say there will be a lot of COVIDSafe chair riding, many Bowlo Bitters and I’ll probably embarrass myself one way or another,” she says.

The band will also be joined by Newcastle-based singer-songwriter James Thomson.

Harnett says Thomson will bring some “soulful Americana songs” to the show.

“He’s one of my favourite songwriters in the world,” she says.

“It’s such an honour to be playing with him.”

While the pandemic has not come without its challenges, Harnett says the past year has been a “pretty amazing time” for the group.

“We’ve been pretty lucky and have been able to play a bunch of shows throughout the pandemic, though we did lose some shows when it first hit,” she says.

“We took out Best Live Act in NSW at the National Live Music Awards and we released our first record together as The Pony Boys [too].

“It’s been really special to be part of this movement that has shaped people’s perspective on the value of music and paying for shows.

“That’s been an important change that’s happened since COVID-19 and I think it’s here to stay.”

Harnett adds the collaboration with Young Henrys has been another highlight from the past year.

“I love everyone at Young Henrys so much,” she says.

“They always take such good care of us and it’s a privilege to be part of the family.

“They truly support music and creativity as a whole.”

Caitlin Harnett & The Pony Boys encourage anyone who is available to come along to their show at Adamstown.

The event starts at 6pm and tickets are free.

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