Matt Scullion cracks his first Golden Guitar

TERRIFIC TRIO: Travis Collins, from left, and Amber Lawrence and Matt Scullion celebrating their win at the Golden Guitar Awards. Picture: Brendan Esposito TUNES are like children for songwriters, so little wonder Newcastle’s Matt Scullion was beaming with pride when he won his first Golden Guitar at the Tamworth Country Music Awards last Saturday.

Scullion picked up the APRA AMCOS Song of the Year with Cessnock’s Travis Collins and Sydney’s Amber Lawrence for Our Backyard. The track also landed Collins and Lawrence Golden Guitars for best duo and best single.

Newcastle’s Neville Anderson claimedBush Ballad of the Year for Henbury Blues, a song he wrote forDean Perrett.

While his co-writers have previously tasted Tamworth success, it was Scullion’s first trophy after six nominations.

Travis Collins & Amber Lawrence – Our Backyard“It was fantastic, especially to win song of the year,” Scullion said.“It’s the category that’s most special to me, being a songwriter, so to win song of the year was a great feeling to be recognised by my peers and the n country music industry.”

Scullion has already penned 16 n country No.1 singles for other artists and launchedhis own album I’m Just A Song in Tamworth. The award is only expected to increase demand for his songs.

“A Golden Guitar definitely looks good on your resume and does give you better credentials,” he said.

DOM IS RED HOTNEWCASTLE-bred drummer Dom Borzestowski celebrated Gang Of Youths’triumphant Triple J Hottest 100 result last Saturday in France’sMont Saint-Michelalongside his parents Anna and Andrzej.

Gang Of Youths scored three tracks in the top 10–Let Me Down Easy(No.2),The Deepest Sighs, The Frankest Shadows(No.5) andWhat Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out?(No.10)–plus their cover of The Middle East’sBloodcame 41st, to bethe most successful n act in the poll.

The second placing to US rapper Kendrick Lamar’s Humble, means Borzestowskiis the second Novocastrian to finish runner-up in the Triple J Hottest 100.

Gang Of Youths – The Deepest Sighs, The Frankest ShadowsSilverchair’s Straight Linescontroversially lost toMuse’s Knights Of Cydonia by just 13votes in Triple J’s tightest ever poll in 2007. Many believed Silverchair deserved the win asKnights Of Cydoniawas technically released in 2006.

Ben Gumbleton also flew the flag for Newcastle in this year’s Hottest 100, with Boo Seeka’sDoes This Lastcoming 85thand adopted Novocastrian Kim Churchill scored 94thspot throughSecond Hand Car.

EURO VACATIONS ON THE ROAD: Vacations will begin a whirl-wind 16-date tour of Europe in April.

FOR the past year Vacations frontman Campbell Burns has constantly fielded requests from foreign fans to tour overseas.

When your EP Vibes has received 1.3 million streams on YouTube and its lead single Home has been played 723,000 times on Spotify, you obviously have a fanbase.

It was just a matter of money. Finally the Newcastle indie four-piece will tour Europe in April and May, passing through France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, the Netherlandsand the UK.

Before that Burns will be making a trek to the US alone to perform with American-based musicians at Austin’s famed South by South West Festival from March 12-16.

Last week Vacations released their new single Steady and an announcement on a debut album is around the corner.

JOHNS LENDS VOICEWhat So Not – Be OK AgainSILVERCHAIR legend Daniel Johns will feature on four tracks on the upcoming album from electronic producer Chris Emerson, better known asEmoh Instead.

The Flume collaborator’slatest project is What So Not and first single Be OK Again, featuring Johns’ vocals, was releasedinNovember. However, Johns has actually lent his voice to a furtherthree tracks –If You Only Knew, Same Mistakes and What So Not –on What So Not’srecord Not All The Beautiful Things out March 9.

“Watching Emoh work is eye opening,” Johns said.“A real professional with great vision.”

CHINGY SORRYIT turns out it wasn’t just Newcastle fans that were cheated out of seeing US hip-hop star Chingy.

The Right Thurr rapper ended up cancelling his entire n tourdue to passport issues that he discovered when attempting to board a plane in Los Angeles, less than 48 hours before his Warners Bay Hotel show on January 18.

Chingy posted a video on social media apologising to his n fans.

“We’re working on it and it’s gonna be done real soon,” he said.“We’re gonna be taking care of it and getting it situated [sic]. You know that Ching-a-ling is always over there, because you always show me love. I want you to know the tour is gonna be back on slamming, because you know how I jam. It’s gonna be popping.”

Don’t holdyour breath.

MAKING A RACKETTFRESH from their Boxing Day set at the Cambridge Hotel, Sydney all-female pop-punk band Rackett are returning on March 29 to play the Small Ballroom.The 18-date tour to promote their latest single Alive is a result of Rackett winning the Rockin’ The Puburbs competition, backed by n Hoteliers Association NSW.

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