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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 9th 2009
MB INNER WEST COURIER, Thursday, July 9, 2009 25 Alive DISH 27 EXHIBITIONS 26 GIG GUIDE 26 Cathy Fitzpatrick gives a hand to Mic Conway and Jeremy Cook. Picture: BRENT McGILVARY ~PP294219 Mic's proud to play WHAT: Mic Conway's National Junk Band WHERE: 75 Enmore Rd, Newtown COST: $17.50 BOOKINGS: 9557 5111 Shireen Khalil same old junk the MIC Conway's National Junk Band play a whole lot of rubbish and they are proud of it. ARIA award-winning Mic Conway was born into a family of vaudeville theatre and opera. In the 1970s, together with his brother Jim Conway, Mic started the Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band, which earned two gold records. The Lilyfield resident described his current band, Mic Conway's National Junk Band, as being in the tradition of Captain Matchbox with an endless array of wacky and hilarious entertainment. ''I love mixing visuals with music and in the show there's music and magic and tap dancing and fire eating and all kinds of stuff with a lot of comedy in it,'' Conway said. Conway is a man of many talents -- magician, fire eater, comedian, actor, tap dancer, jug- gler and acrobat. ''We play junk band music and all the junk instruments become the focus of the band. We play rubbish and we're proud of it,'' he said. ''It comes from a tradition in Australia and America where bush bands used to recycle bits of junk and turn them into music and we have taken on a modern sense by using contemporary lyrics about the environment and about love and comedy,'' Conway said. Original band member Jeremy Cook designed and built a drum and percussion kit out of pots, pans, bells and sinks, reflecting the band's love of all things recycled, unique and hand- crafted. Conway said those who haven't seen the show should ''expect the unexpected''. One of the unexpected things is a handyman's panel saw. ''You just have to get the right saw and play it like a violin and over 20 noises come out of it,'' Conway said. Mic Conway's National Junk Band will be playing at the all-new Notes music venue in Newtown on July 10. The venue has live music on Thursday, Friday and Sunday and is a Greek restaurant on Saturday nights. GOVERNMENT PAYS INSTALLERS DIRECT Call US NOW for assistance & a quote or book online 1300 697 117 INSULATION FREE $1600 Home Insulation AA Insulation Pty Ltd --- Government registered installers www.aainsulation.com.au
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