7:00 PM – Cedar Newman (South Coast)

8:00 PM – Darren Powell (Southern Highlands)

9:00 PM – J & B Troubadours (Southern Highlands)


100% Home Grown Concert #9

100% Home-Grown is an exciting ride for Aussie music lovers. From funk, grass root blues to infectious garage rock, 100% Home-Grown will bring the best new music to your ears in 2023.

Highland FM’s 100% Home-Grown has brought together its featured Artists of the Month into the one big concert. The stunning array of local talent includes:


Cedar Newman – Solo Sonata No. 6 Recorded in the Studios of Highland FM

Recorded in the Studios of Highland FM
Steven Foster Photography

Steven Foster Photography


Cedar Newman, a 19 year old powerhouse from the South Coast of NSW, discovered her passion for the violin from a young age. Cedar’s musical journey has been enriched by a cadre of influential figures who have lit up her path. Sarah Hindson, bestowed upon her the foundational magic of the violin, while Goertz Richter guided her with wisdom and passion. Gian Franco-Ricci unveiled the deep, enchanting secrets of the piano, leading Cedar to a prestigious LmusA in 2020. Bradley Gilchrist fostered a musical friendship that allowed her to explore the world of violin and piano repertoire.

Cedar’s love for performing chamber music on the violin is a defining aspect of her musical identity. Beyond her native Australia, at the age of 13 she embarked on a musical odyssey by studying at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music, securing scholarships and accolades along the way.

In New York, Cedar commenced studies with legendary Russian violinist Albert Markov and since 2018 she studied with the brilliant Professor Lucie Robert. Cedar’s performances have graced audiences across North America, Europe and Australia, leaving an indelible mark.

Her connection to the Southern Highlands is a pivotal chapter in her musical story. Notably, she performed Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with the Highland Sinfonia at the tender age of nine, beginning a journey that led to her receiving the Eva Pascoe Inaugural Scholarship. Cedar’s collaborations with the Highland’s Music Collective have left audiences in awe and she’s embraced opportunities with the Southern Highlands Symphony Orchestra and Steel City Strings.

Cedar’s dedication to her craft is evident in her performances and recordings, with radio stations across Australia broadcasting her work. She treasures her great-grandmother’s violin and has Jason Catlett’s unwavering support with a nineteenth-century French bow. Cedar Newman’s musical story is a symphony of passion, dedication and breathtaking performances that continue to captivate audiences worldwide. Get ready to be swept away by her musical magic.


Darren Powell – Bye Bye Blackbird Recorded in the Studios of Highland FM

Recorded in the Studios of Highland FM


Darren Powell, the consummate multi instrumentalist and flugelhorn virtuoso, is the true epitome of musical versatility.

Hailing from the Southern Highlands his artistic expression draws from the timeless legends of musical elegance, embodying the spirit and finesse of icons like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Chet Baker, Louis Armstrong and the contemporary allure of Michael Bublé. With a masterful command of various instruments, Darren orchestrates harmonious symphonies that transport listeners to the golden age of smooth crooning, evoking nostalgia and delight in equal measure.

A journeyman of musical enchantment, Darren’s path has been graced by the mesmerising stages of Australia’s most distinguished venues. Notably, Darren’s melodic prowess recently enchanted audiences in the idyllic surrounds of Noosa and the illustrious Parri Estate Vineyard, nestled amidst the picturesque splendor of McLaren Vale in South Australia, where his performance transcended the ordinary and embraced the extraordinary.

Just like the Rat Pack of old, Darren brings a touch of humour and companionship to his performances. His on stage banter and infectious charm would make even Sinatra himself crack a smile, turning every show into a memorable, laughter filled event that perfectly complements the soulful tunes. Darren Powell, a maestro of musical artistry, continues to serenade hearts across the Southern Highlands, leaving a trail of captivated admirers in his wake.

Darren’s enchanting melodies are a testament to his unwavering commitment to his craft and his performances are a delightful blend of timeless classics and lighthearted entertainment.


J & B Troubadours – The Work Song Recorded in the Studios of Highland FM

Recorded in the Studios of Highland FM

Steven Foster Photography


J & B Troubadours, where “J & B” stands for Jazz & Blues, embody the philosophy of “bop till you drop” with their music. Beginning amidst the vibrant local open mic sessions in the Southern Highlands, where their eclectic blend of roots based blues music took shape, heavily influenced by legends like Slim Harpo, Canned Heat, The Allman Brothers, and Big Walter Horton.

As they embarked on this musical adventure, they started to incorporate their own compositions, adding a unique flavour to their performances. Their destination maybe uncertain, but they’re reveling in every moment of the ride.

John Goodwin – Harmonica

John’s harmonica odyssey began with the haunting notes of Canned Heat’s “On The Road Again.” His fascination with the instrument led him to pick one up in his early twenties when he moved to Australia. Although he dabbled in low key bands during his time in Sydney, it wasn’t until he discovered the Bowral Blues Club in the Southern Highlands in 2014 that his musical voyage truly took off. Amongst a sea of guitarists, he stood as the lone harmonica player, forging a musical bond with Ron Volcich and later, Mike Harrop. John’s musical history includes stints with bands like Coupe and the Roosters, Balgownie Slim Blues Bandits and Los Amigos, making him a seasoned harmonica maestro.

Mike Harrop – Percussion

Growing up amidst the musical explosion of the 60s and 70s, Mike was fortunate enough to witness iconic acts like Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, and David Bowie. In his early twenties, he tasted success with various bands. His musical palate is as diverse as it gets and his path converged with like minded musicians of a similar vintage. Together with his fellow Troubadours, he’s savouring the musical journey.

Ron Volcich – Guitar

Ron’s musical roots trace back to the early 70s when he was entranced by Ry Cooder’s “Boomer’s Story.” Guitarists like Jerry Reed, Wes Montgomery, Brian Setzer and Hank Marvin further shaped his unique style. Over the years, he’s played with numerous lineups, with the Swing Town quartet in Wollongong being the most enduring and rewarding. Moving to the Highlands reignited his musical spirit and he embarked on this new chapter with The J & B Troubadours.

J & B Troubadours are a testament to the power of music to bring diverse influences and backgrounds together, creating something truly magical. They invite you to join them as they explore the enchanting landscapes of Jazz & Blues in the heart of the Highlands

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To discover more about our feature artists, tune to Highland FM 107.1 or visit our Website: www.highlandfm.org.au

To avoid disappointment book early.

TICKETS ARE $25 PP + booking fee

Doors open 6pm.

Kitchen open from 5pm-8pm for Dinner service. Order at the bar

Purchase tickets for tables seating groups of 2, 4, 6, 8 or 10, or single tickets with seating at bar tables. Meals available to order until 8.00pm.

Tickets may also be purchased at the door if not sold out beforehand.

Ticket sales are in support of the performing artists.

This is an 18+ event

100% Home-Grown is proudly supported by: Southern Highland News // Southern Tablelands Arts // Bowral Bowling Club