T: (02) 4929 4969 Dean Winter


Fri 21st Sept 8pm $20



John Maddox is back after a long hiatus with his second record called "Fourty Four". 
As a well known player of "left field" bass in Sydney with his own gigs and playing with other such bands, he has put together these new original tunes with Tim Bradley on Drums as a duo,reflecting his unique style,the name suggesting the four strings of his instrument and a midpoint to his musical world. John Maddox the 8th wonder (4+4!) strikes again!
John Madodox: Bass, Kazoo
Tim Bradley: Drums
Recorded June 2018 at Mad Studios wih one microphone.


Sat 22nd Sept 7.30pm $10


Tamarillo is a Newcastle based all-female a capella group with a world music focus. The group have cultivated a musical repertoire from many countries, singing traditional folk songs from Scandinavia, South America, Eastern Europe, East Asia and North America.
Most of the song arrangements, in keeping with oral traditions, are self-devised and learnt by ear, incorporating percussion and solo elements.

Wed 26th Sept 8pm $15


 Online tickets available HERE

Cookie Baker is a pint-sized melodic force to be reckoned with. A walking, talking exercise in compact contradiction and adaptation. As gutsy in person as she is empathetic on stage, as careful with her picked guitar as she is unapologetic with her incisive words, as warm in her interactions as she is unafraid of bringing airtime to the hard stuff.

More often than not penning songs of keenly observed lost love and found habits, Cookie speaks honestly of longing, loss, displacement and isolation, and the emotional debris resulting from these experiences.

Raised on a farm by the seaside in rural South Australia, the deceivingly gentle melodies, cool wordsmithery, and sparkling grit of her vocals that audiences have come to adore have taken Cookie performing around Australia and brought her to share stages with many esteemed Australian artists, including Augie March, Kate Miller-Heidke, Ben Lee, Angie Hart (Frente!), Mick Thomas (Weddings, Parties, Anything), Little Birdy, and The Audreys.


Cookie comes to The Royal Exchange at her most personal, personable and intimate best, previewing material from her upcoming album. Her ongoing collaboration with Sydney-based engineer and producer, Michael Carpenter, produced the cracking first single, Little Engine, paved the way for second single, The Summer (featuring Tim Rogers of Australia’s beloved You Am I), and the sweeping third single, Don’t Start A Fight. Don't Start A Fight is a charity single dedicated to Cookie’s best friend and musical right-hand man, Jaan Kiploks, a Cystic Fibrosis sufferer. All proceeds from the digital-only single will be donated to Cystic Fibrosis SA and other CF-related charities.

Cookie Baker is also a vocalist with festival favourite Sun Records tribute, ‘Sun Rising – The Songs That Made Memphis’, and is the founder and director of Melbourne-based contemporary choir collective, ‘If You See Her, Say Hello’.

Tonights show also includes a short set by Liam Gale.


Fri 28th Sept 8pm $20


 Online tickets available HERE


Doris Day meets Django Reinhardt in the swinging outfit Sancha & the Blue Gypsies. Featuring some of Sydney's most respected musicians -Sancha Prowse (Vocals), Marcus Holden (Violin, Mandolin & Guitar), Garry Steel (Accordion), & Stan Valacos (Double Bass & guitar) this vibrant quartet are delighting audiences around the country with their unique take on gypsy swing, traditional folk, bluegrass, jazz and gospel.

Join this exuberant foursome as they perform masterful arrangements of jazz standards and favourite folk songs, as well as brand new original repertoire fused with Celtic lilts, bluegrass honesty and undeniable musicianship. For the past two years, they have been performing around the country at festivals such as Oz Manouche (Brisbane Jazz Club), the Newcastle Jazz Festival, St Albans Folk Festival as well as major venues on two successful tours stretching right along the east coast of Australia.

They are thrilled to be playing their first show at the Royal Exchange on Friday Sept 28.

Those that have witnessed their live shows will agree that this quartet should not to be missed!

Link to website: https://www.sanchaandthebluegypsies.com/

You Tube Clip - “Dance Me to the End of Love"

"Sancha and the Blue Gypsies bring the best of the gypsy music world, unforgettable toe-tapping tunes, with the best of the folk world, sing-a-long, heart-felt classics, together in one incredible show. The quality of their musician-ship and their intimate relationship with the audience makes this show something you won't forget. . I will be booking this act again!!!"Chris Cannell, MusicintheMountains.com.au


Fri & Sat 5th 6th, 12th 13th, 19th 20th, 26th 27th Oct 


Tickets $30, and available online HERE




Deanna The Musical

The new comedy musical that sends up Australia’s very own Royal Family.

Deanna (Princess of New South Wales) The Musical is a send up of Australia’s own Royal Family. While it is the fairy story of how Dr Lady Deanna Spender becomes a twenty first century Princess, we go beyond “And they lived happily ever after……. “. Our story begins ten years after her marriage and Deanna’s wondering will she ever be Queen? Can being a Princess be enough for a woman of today? And is Prince Bruce all he promised to be?



 Wednesday 31st October


The Apostle String Band Tour : Peter, Paul & Andrew gather a short history of the western world of music. Epic in their contributions to acoustic music in Australia and a few world parts, they are champions & high demand session players of their musical instruments and perform seamlessly reflecting their 30 years of association in harmony and song. Pete Fidler - Dobro (slide guitar) with new CD and recent remake of Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd(!); Paul Wookey - renown for his incredible Blues to early Country delivery including many 60s & 70s classics; Clermont's fiery Fiddle, Mandolin & Guitar. Plus James Gillard - Double Bass & Tenor Voice - not only member to the Oz Bluegrass All Stars in the 90s but also soaked in The Fargone Beauties, Mondo Rock & Richard Clapton Band!! A soaring presentation - not to be missed.


 Sat 3rd November
1940's USO song and dance show



 Friday 9th November



 Sat 10th November


Week commencing Mon 12th November



The Newcastle International Short Film Festival is a relatively new festival that accepts short film and short screenplay submissions in various genres including Dramas and Live Action Narrative Films, Animation, Documentaries, Experimental and Comedy Shorts. Submissions are welcome in a variety of categories including international and Australian Super Short Smart Phone Films (up to 3 minutes in length), Short Shorts (up to 10 minutes in length) and Shorts (up to 20 mins in length). There are also special discount categories for film-makers from regional NSW. Submissions to the festival are initially by online screener via Film Freeway with selected finalists to provide a DVD for public screening. Judges are experienced and professional performing arts and film practitioners and select members of the public. A public screening of the finalists will take place over a few days in November at the Royal Exchange Hybrid Performing Arts and Cinema complex in Bolton St Newcastle. Winners in each category will be issued with laurels and certificates and have an option of being featured in a 'Best Of The Film Festival' screening at the International Newcastle Fringe Festival the following year. The overall winner will be awarded Best Short Film at the festival. We welcome submissions and attendances at the festival in the vibrant city of Newcastle at this great time of the year.


Submissions from film makers are open from Mid May. Contact at nisffest@gmail.com with any enquiries or contact us via Facebook and Twitter. 




 Fri 30th Nov 8pm $32



Sat 1st December



Fri 7th & Sat 8th, Fri14th, Sat 15th & Sun 16th Dec 



or Mistletoe is just another noxious weed.



Dysfunctional family Christmas reunions can occasionally be appalling examples of human interaction reflecting minimal Christmas Spirit. An invitation to the Pitt Family Christmas Reunion allows you to join in an adult Christmas Pantomime, the hilarious annual Christmas conflict between family members, combined with lively jazz, blues and jug band music.

A Very Choppy Christmas (a radio play jazz cabaret) is produced by the two times CONDA (City of Newcastle Drama Awards) winning Smokin' Chops team of David Baker (guitar), Chris Gill (saxophone, clarinet, percussion), Manny Serrano (trumpet), and Marcus Holdsworth (double bass, sousaphone, trombone). Their latest production combines exceptional musical skills with Spike Milliganesque acting and a plot almost as unfathomable as a Marx Brothers production.

A season of riotous performances will be held at the Royal Exchange, Bolton Street, Newcastle, Friday 7th, Saturday 8th, Friday 14th, Saturday 15th December commencing at 8.00 pm , with a Sunday 16th December matinee commencing at 2.00 pm.

Tickets: $25 Bookings Phone:02 49294969 or Computer Booking: www.trybooking.com/WNWG



Thursday 20th December






Dancing between intricate, rhythmic cello lines, compelling lyrics and heart-tugging harmonies, Monique Clare is an award-winning, song-writing powerhouse. Onstage she’s described as “pure joy” to watch; offstage she’s hosted mountaintop sunrise concerts, taught cello in Afghanistan and travelled the world to dive deeply into folklore treasure troves.