Jamie Robbie Reyne, or J.R. as he is better known, has played at festivals in St Kilda and Queenscliff, lived the rock star life in LA, supported Daryl Braithwaite, starred in hit TV Shows, The Secret Daughter and Neighbours, and now he’s coming to Newham! 

With a new single, Let’s Stick Together, J.R. Reyne will be bringing his alt country, along with his guitar and harmonica, to the Newham Mechanics Institute on Saturday July 27. 

Son of James Reyne, J.R. never sought to ride on the coat-tails of his famous father, and whilst a fan of his father’s work he doesn’t do covers of his famous dad’s songs and likes to keep his work separate and has admitted “It would get annoying to be constantly asked to belt out old hits like ‘Reckless’ and ‘Boys light up’.” 

A reviewer recently likened Reyne’s music to ‘if Creedence Clearwater Revival and Queens of the Stone Age had a baby together’. 

J.R. will be supported on the night by Heathcote born, Bendigo based folk artist Mariah McCarthy, one of regional Victoria’s most prized music possessions. Influenced by the story telling of Dylan and Young, with femininity reminiscent of Joni. This combined with her unique folk style makes for an enchanting, intimate performance from the young artist. 

On the upcoming gig, NMI Vice President Mark Constable said, “Following sold out performances from Martha Tilston and Rober Forster, we are excited once again to be bringing an exceptional musical talent to our special hall and saving people from having to travel to the city to get their live music fix’.  

J.R. Reyne, supported by Mariah McCarthy, will be playing Newham Mechanics Institute on Saturday 27th July. Doors open at 7pm. Food will be available and the bar will be showcasing local wines and beer. Under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult. 

Tickets are $40 ($35 for NMI Members) and are available from https://www.trybooking.com/BBARS 

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