Eric Newton – the running clarinetist at the Riverwalk

Eric Newton at the Amora

Eric Newton at the Amora in January 2009
with Ian Smith and Peter Hooper

ENGLISH clarinetist, Eric Newton, regularly spends some time during our summer in Melbourne. While here, he can often be found sitting in with Ian Smith’s Riverwalk Trio at the Amora Riverwalk Hotel in Bridge Road, Richmond.

On Sunday 15 January you can catch Eric with “Smithy” at the Amora. During lunch (from 12.30-3.30) the Trio plays lovely relaxed jazz, and any tune you might request. Be sure to ask Eric to play “Burgundy Street Blues” which he does superbly without any of the bird trills so many musos love to add.

Eric began his musical career with the New Orleans style band, the Ceramic City Stompers in Burslem, Staffordshire in the 1950s at the age of 17. He is now a busker in Stoke-on-Trent.

Here’s a clip of Eric playing last year in Cadwaladers Ice Cream Cafe in Trentham, South Staffordshire.

As well as playing a beautiful clarinet, Eric is a seasoned marathon runner, having run the daunting 42 km distance at least 30 times, most of these playing his clarinet. The tune? WHEN THE SAINTS GO MARCHING IN of course; and his Personal Best is expressed in terms of the number of times he repeats the tune during the run!

Come and hear the music, enjoy a leisurely lunch. We’ll see you there.
Phone: 9246 1200 for bookings.

One response to “Eric Newton – the running clarinetist at the Riverwalk

  1. Hi Eric,
    You did a brilliant talk and performance in Rugeley for the Phoenix Activities group on 19th Nov 2015 and I was so impressed I bought your cd
    Only to find it is faulty and will not play. How can I Get a replacement please?
    Geoff Allsop

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