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Ty Penshorn gives Voice to CPAC season


In a massive coup for the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre (CPAC), the Hunter Valley’s man of the moment Ty Penshorn heads a star-studded list of entertainers who’ll take to its stage in 2022.

The CPAC team hosted its season launch on Friday night (4 February), unveiling numerous high-profile artists who will make their way to the City’s premier entertainment venue between now and the end of June.

And, one act certain to attract plenty of interest is Newcastle’s own Penshorn.

The talented musician and his equally-gifted son Eddie caught the nation by surprise on the recent reality show, The Voice Generations.   

The pair turned all four judges’ chairs – that of Keith Urban, Rita Ora, Guy Sebastian and Jessica Mauboy – with their rousing rendition of Fleetwood Mac’s Go Your Own Way in the blind auditions.

The duo, who chose country star Urban as their mentor, then reached the Grand Finale, just narrowly missing victory.

Curator of performing and creative arts Vicki Sienczuk admitted the CPAC’s good fortune in revealing their upcoming line-up.

“Ty’s success is very timely for us,” she said.

“Luckily, we’d already booked him for Friday 25 March.

“He’s bringing his A Musical Tribute to Neil Diamond show to the CPAC.

“Who knows what would have happened if he and Eddie won The Voice Generations?

“But, they did the area proud.”

Ms Sienczuk wasn’t wrong when she said there would be something for everyone in the first half of the year at the CPAC.

“From music to comedy, drama to kids’ productions, we’ve got it all,” she told the Newcastle Weekly.

“In February alone, we’ve secured The Wharf Revue: Can of Worms (19th), Celtic Illusion Re-Imagined (22nd) and The Robertson Brothers 1960’s Variety TV Show (24th).

“March features the likes of Johnny Cash The Concert, Julie McGregor and Christopher Truswell in Mother & Son, and comedian Fiona O’Loughlin.

“Guitar virtuoso Bruce Mathiske, Fleetwood Mac Running In The Shadows and The Australian Bee Gees Show are just some of the highlights in April.

“Then there’s the Victorian State Ballet: Cinderella, Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow and JPY 50 Years Young to name just a few more.”

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