A beautiful and balmy evening to see in the first ever Brackets Newcastle night. The large crowd in attendance were treated to some fantastic entertainment.
A trio of talented young females started off proceedings.
Lucy Afarenz with her wistful and intricate tunes was followed by a powerful set from Jen Buxton (pictured below) that had the audience spellbound. A bit rusty following a musical hiatus, Jen still delivered some mesmerizing songs.
Fiona Magee is rapidly developing a following in the Central Coast & Newcastle areas, and on tonight's performance its easy to see why. Some great original material, a dazzling instrumental, all delivered with a verve that belies her tender years. Fiona is also a driving force behind the Newcastle Brackets operation.
The night concluded with 2 band sets. Of the Red Sea produced a great selection of driving rock'n'roll. Tough yet melodic, the audience loved them and they have a strong following already in Newcastle for a young band.
The night concluded with one of this reviewers favourite local bands, The (Temperamental) Pocket. An outfit difficult to pigeonhole in any single genre, in fact you get the impression the band members themselves have vastly differing view's on just how to accurately describe their collective muse. Regardless they should be taken in large doses, as often as possible, as their music is both intriguing and engaging and most definitely good for the soul.
The Newcastle Brackets brains trust.
All in all a night to remember for the fledgling Brackets Newcastle crew and those lucky enough to be in attendance. Stay tuned for more Brackets Newcastle "taster" events over the coming months, and check out the News section for their "master-plan" for the area.