A group of Newcastle singers has combined their talents to produce a CD to raise much-needed funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC).
Entitled Merry Christmas from Newcastle, the collection includes both original and classic songs by Novocastrians spanning several decades.
Vocalists include international singer Vivian Sabarre Lucero, Australia’s Got Talent finalist and new Lizotte’s owner Wayne Rogers, Channel 9 TV personality Anthony Lee, The Voice TV contestant Connor Wink, Sunrise personality CrocQ, the Urquhart family (Robbie, Ronalyn and William), country singers Leanne Catford and David Mason, plus rising star Scarlett Donkin.
The disc also contains the sounds of regular Las Vegas vocalist Ron Knight, who was based in Newcastle for more than four decades and sadly passed away earlier this year.
He had recorded a Christmas album some time ago and his wife Kimberley generously agreed to allow two of his songs appear on this new compilation.
The project was created and managed by 2022 Freeman of the City of Newcastle recipient Phil Mahoney and his wife Donna, both of whom also feature on the CD.
Proceeds from sale of the Merry Christmas from Newcastle CD will support the families of seriously-ill children from across the region through the RMHC.
The CD is available for sale at Lizotte’s or online at philmahoney.com.au
A special Christmas fundraising concert featuring some of the CD’s singers will also take place at Club Charlestown on Sunday 10 December from noon to 2pm, with tickets available at the door.
The CD follows the philanthropic efforts of Phil and his family in 2021 when they self-published a book about his life in the Hunter.
The colourful entertainer shares a past with the former steel city, in particular Lambton and the wider music scene.
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