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PICTURE PERFECT: William Crighton will return to the Tamworth Regional Art Gallery on January 25. Picture: Paul DearHIGH PRAISE The last time William Crighton performed at the Tamworth Regional Art Gallery inJanuary, the late greatmusic journalist Iain Shedden rated the performance within his “all-time top-10.”

“Once in a lifetime a gig surpasses all expectations, slapping you in the face with its grace, majestic singing, the quality of the material,” Shedden wrote. Crighton returnsto the venue on January 25 forthe Tamworth Country Music Festival, this time joined by award-winningAboriginal artistGawurra.

KERBSIDE STOMPAnother Newcastle musicianamong the local contingent heading up the New England Highway for the Tamworth Country Music Festival will be James Bennett. The country troubadourwill perform at The Pub and The Welders Dog (January 22) and The Southgate Inn (January 23) plus at a series of busking shows in Peel Street from January 21 to 26.

HATS OFFLet’s give amassive round of applause to Kim Churchill and the Grand Junction (Junkyard)Hotel forhelping out six-year-old leukaemia-sufferer Kane Ransom. On November 22 it was discovered Kane hadrelapsed after being in remission for18 months. Tentickets to Churchill’s January 11 show at the Junkyard and a $600 bar tab were auctioned off on Thursdayto assist with Kane’s medical expenses.

HAPPY DAYS The summer party vibes will be pumping at Mayfield’s Stag and Hunter Hotel on January 5 when Sydney’s The Kava Kings drop by.The Kava Kings recentlybegan work on their third album with producer and Eskimo Joe guitaristJoel Quartermain and are expected to previewseveral new tracks at The Stag.

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