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NMIT lecturer wins Golden Guitar Award at Tamworth

29 Mar 2012

NMIT lecturer Dobe Newton's band the The Bushwackers recently won the Toyota Heritage Song of the Year at the 2012 Tamworth Country Music Festival.

The Golden Guitar Award recognises the group's iconic song 'I am Australian', co-written by Dobe in 1987 (with Bruce Woodley of The Seekers) and re-recorded by The Bushwackers in 2011 as part of the group's fortieth anniversary celebrations. Dobe accepted the award in one of his trademark garish suits saying 'Thank Christ I dressed up.'

As well as being a singer, percussionist and songwriter, Dobe has lectured at NMIT since 1994 where he currently teaches the Advanced Diploma of Music Business and Certificate IV of Music Business at NMIT's Fairfield campus. Dobe enjoys sharing his experience in the music industry with his students, who are particularly interested in learning about the need for today's artists to operate as small businesses.

On Dobe's part, he enjoys the insights his students provide into the contemporary music scene. Dobe also acts as MC for NMIT's annual Yarra Edge Music Festival as well as providing voiceovers for many of the institution's instructional videos.

Congratulations to Dobe and The Bushwackers on their latest Golden Guitar Award.


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