Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

It Takes a Brave Heart to Leap into Music; as the North Coast Entertainment Industry Gets Ready for the Big Awards Night, Kyle Lionhart Will Make a Roar on Stage

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

It Takes a Brave Heart to Leap into Music; as the North Coast Entertainment Industry Gets Ready for the Big Awards Night, Kyle Lionhart Will Make a Roar on Stage

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CASSANDRA TOBIN

THERE'S more to this awards night than prizes.

After a year off, the Dolphin Awards are back and organisers are keen to make a splash.

As well as handing out the coveted prizes, the night also includes performances from eight North Coast acts.

Kyle Lionhart, Andrea Soler, Minnie Marks, Round Mountain Girls, The Scarlett Affection, Peter Westheimer, Shea O'Toole and Dan Hannaford are all on the bill.

Although Lionhart isn't up for an award, he's more than happy to play to the who's who of the North Coast entertainment industry.

And, it's hardly the first crowd he's impressed.

aThis is what music is supposed to be like,a the former manager of The Rolling Stones, Sam Cutler said.

Lionhart, a folk rock musician from Byron Bay, took a leap of faith in March this year.

He quit his job, a month before his first child was due to be born, and put all his energy into music.

aI needed it to work and it did,a he says. aI started playing gigs around Byron and my name got thrown around enough that I'm living completely off what I make gigging.a

He's also played Splendour in the Grass, the Byron Bay Surf Festival and supported Jeff Lang and Ash Grunwald.

Born in Melbourne, but growing up at Mt Warning, Lionhart came from a musical home. …

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