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The Rock-itt : July 2012
, Newport Arms Hotel as part of their Sunset Sessions, Saturday 2nd June, 3pm. It’s been 10 years this year, since the rise of The Beautiful Girls and for Mat. McHugh - the m an at its heart - he’s seen and tried it all. He’s recorded with the band live. He’s recorded with bits of instrumentation from band members. He’s recorded an album by himself and then taught the band how to play it. He has recorded by himself and remained by himself. He’s released under TBG and he’s released as Mat., he’s toured with horn sections and he’s toured alone. And at the end of each and every album - regardless of differences in the process – there has stood the same incredible element, the foundational purpose of the whole damn thing: the unfaltering support and love of those who have come, watched, listened and danced. When Mat. recorded his latest album Love Come Save Me he wasn’t sure which way to go. All the elements that had once been separate had, over the past decade, merged into one. He is The Beautiful Girls, The Beautiful Girls are Mat. And as he pondered back and forth under just what banner to release these songs, thoughts of the hundreds of thousand of albums bought and cherished, the hundreds of thousands of faces, from thousands of gigs over many a year and the 75 000 facebook buddies, floated to the front of his mind. The decision was clear: the album would be released under his m ost honest of monikers, his own name, and it would be a gift. Free. No catch. Artist Preview with Pete Johnson KIRK BURGESS Solo Acoustic, Kirk Burgess has been performing in and around Sydney for over 10 years. He has worked with bands, trios, duos, party bands, tribute acts, musicals and original outfits. These include groups such as Speedster, The Time Capsul e, Relpika, Frogs On Toast, Geezer, Almost Famous, Tone Rangers, Damien Binder Band, and Krist y Coote. A graduate of the School of Creative Arts on Sydney's northern beaches, Kirk has also studied the Speech Level Singing program under Sancha Prowse, and can be found most nights of the week performing in any number of pubs, clubs and cafes in Sydney. Career highlights include being house musician for the inaugural 'We're In Showbiz' expo at Acer Arena in 2007, performing to audiences of thousands in 'We Are The Champions - The Ultimate Queen Tribute Show', and recording and releasing his debut solo EP. Kirk Burgess will be performing on Saturday 21st July from 8pm at Newport Arms Hotel See full page add opposite for details Set List Sample Take It Easy – The Eagles Teenage Dirtbag – Wheatus Tequila Sunrise – The Eagles The Gambler – Kenny Rogers The Joker - Steve Miller Band These Days – Powderfinger 3am – Matchbox 20 Thrill Is Gone – BB King Throw Your Arms Around Me - Hunters And Collectors Tip Of My Tongue - Diesel To Her Door – Paul Kelly To The Moon And Back – Savage Garden 20 Good Reasons – Thirsty Merc Twist And Shout – The Beatles Two Steps Behind - Def Leppard Plus hundreds and hundreds of other great classic songs