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Three music legends to bring memories to Newcastle

Novocastrians will be launched back in time next month when three Australian music legends take to the Civic Theatre stage.

Normie Rowe, Dinah Lee and Jade Hurley are joining forces for a concert full of memories, soul, and wonderful tunes.

“The whole show is going to be a lot of memorabilia for the audience,” Rowe said.

“For any young people coming, they are going to see a number of museum pieces – between us, we have been around for quite a long time, it is amazing.”

For Rowe, Lee and Hurley it’s not the first time they’ll visit Newcastle, the trio have all played in the city as solo acts over the years.

Dinah Lee.

“Honestly, I have done a lot of shows in Newcastle, it’s a favourite place,” Rowe said.

“My first show would have been in 1965, it was a concert, we were on the road, I had released my first record which had been incredibly successful.

“I think Newcastle has changed a lot [over the years]; it has become a cosmopolitan city now, those gorgeous beaches.

“I remember when I sat at Nobbys once and I was watching the nippers train and I thought ‘that is so Australian, seeing the Nobbys Nippers’.”

Lee has also performed in Newcastle several times.

“I have appeared in most clubs around the city, I am really looking forward to this,” she said.

“I think it will be fun for me and fun for the audience.”  

While the pandemic cancelled their tour last year, Lee sees a silver lining.

“Maybe it is good for us because it brings the focus closer to local performers, which is fantastic,” she said.

“I think it will be a good tour.”

Hurley added the group was very honoured to be able to perform together during this uncertain time.

“We are three of the surviving rockers from the 50s and 60s era – and here we are still around and working together,” he said.

“Who would have thought that at the twilight of our years we would still be doing it and filling theatres with people who want to come and see us and hear us perform.

“We are so privileged and so lucky.

“Johnny Cash once said to me ‘how lucky are we? We walk out on stage and before we even open our mouths people applaud, there can’t be too much wrong with that’.”

Jade Hurley OAM.

Though music has changed dramatically through the year, Rowe, Lee and Hurley are all proud of what they do.

“It will be a joy working with Dinah again and for the first time working with Jade,” Rowe said.

“In my mind music is a collaboration, it is an emotional thing, I think when you have good musicians working with you it all comes together.”

The trio will land in Newcastle on Sunday 21 February, with their show starting at 2pm.  

To purchase tickets, go to the Civic Theatre website.

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