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Meet the Godfather of Newcastle Rock Music - Mark Tinson!
02 Feb 2023

This former member of the wild Australian rock band, Rabbit, has been making waves in the music industry for over 50 years. With a career that includes tours across Australia with acts such as Rabbit, Heroes, Swanee, Tex Pistols, and TMG, Mark is a seasoned performer and songwriter. He has also produced and engineered records for some of the biggest names in Australian music, and has mentored the likes of Screaming Jets and Silverchair.

Tinno is a talented musician who made a significant impact on the Australian rock scene. During his time with Rabbit, Tinson played alongside Dave Evans, who was the original lead singer of the legendary rock band AC/DC. As a band mate to Evans, Tinson was a part of some of the most electrifying performances in the early days of Australian rock, and so remains a revered figure in the annals of rock history.

Working with Stacey Tierney of Scallywagz, Mark continues to bring the music to life via children’s groups today. As the head teacher at Grove Studios in Newcastle, Mark shares his wealth of knowledge and experience with aspiring musicians. His collaborations with Australian and international musicians have produced a unique catalogue of instrumental guitar albums, including the beloved album Surfcats.

Mark remains an active figure in the music industry, regularly appearing on ABC Radio and giving lectures at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music. He has documented his musical journey in his autobiography, “Too Much Rock ‘n’ Roll. A Life in Music”, which is a must-read for fans of the bands he has performed with, and anyone interested in the development of rock music in Australia.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn from the man himself – Mark Tinson. Get your hands on his discography and book, and experience the musical prowess of the Godfather of Newcastle Rock Music.

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