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Mic Conway | 50th Anniversary Tour - From Captain Matchbox to Circus Oz

2018 is a Milestone year for Vaudevillian trickster Mic Conway who is celebrating his 50th Anniversary as a performer.

Live: Thursday 24th May 2018
Northcote Social Club

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Mic presents a show with a taste of his career throughout from Captain Matchbox and Circus Oz to now. Music mayhem magic juggling comedy fire and mirth are thrown together to create this unique show which has won the hearts of thousands of 3 to 93 year olds. Mic will be accompanied by guitar virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist Matthew Fagan aka Lord of the Strings! and other special guests along the way on a whirlwind tour throughout Victoria in May-June 2018 .

Born into a family of vaudevillians and opera singers Conway's life as an entertainer began on the 70's with Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band originally called Jelly Bean Jug Band in 1968 at Camberwell High School. To their surprise it became a cult phenomenon recording seven records two of which achieved gold status. The band recently appeared on Classic Countdown re-runs.

Wearing several hats Conway co-founded Circus Oz 40 years ago in 1978. Mic also joined the legendary Pram Factory Theatre in Melbourne creating Soapbox Circus where he was ringmaster musician juggler and acrobat. In 1978 Soapbox became the now world famous Circus Oz. In 1997 21 years ago Mic formed his current 5-piece jug and blues act Mic Conway's National Junk Band.

Conway is also a long-term children's entertainer touring his extraordinary one man shows to over 200 schools and community events across Australia each year. Mic has appeared on shows such as Humphrey B. Bear (on which he was known as 'Magic Mic') Play School Mr. Squiggle and ABC 4 Kids. Conway was a regular part of The Wiggles where he provided the voice of Wags the Dog for the TV series in the 1990s and 2000s co-wrote songs and made appearances on various videos including the group's feature movie. His children's album Whoopee (ABC Music) was awarded an ARIA for Best Children's Album.

Stripped back irreverent and shameless Conway's show features hilarious and quirky tunes that make jaws drop toes tap and sides split including some Captain Matchbox favourites like My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes "National Junk Band" favourites with some of Mic's "Circus Oz" antics as well as a swag of Conway including "Jug Band Man" (which was featured on Spicks and Specks September 2011). Perfectly pitched In one tune he was able to pack in a lifetime of Cabaret. : Roy & H.G. ABC TV.

There's juggling illusion cavorting and Conway's trademark tongue-in-cheek humour ... This is Mic the crooner - inspired by Al Bowlly The Ink Spots Fats Waller and the Hoosier Hotshots. Some classic tin pan melodies some bizarre originals. The show is surreal vaudeville with a sense of humour. Croon to melt your ears.

A favourite at folk blues and Ukulele festivals in 2011 Conway was awarded Artist of the Year by Port Fairy Folk Festival.

Internationally acclaimed all-round 10 String Spanish Guitarist Matthew Fagan aka Lord of the Strings performs with eclectic instruments and a dry wit sharpened on the international touring circuit not least with Billy Connolly The Original Buena Vista Social Club Michael Crawford and Shirley Bassey.

"Matthew is the best guest artist I have ever toured with." Billy Connolly

Matthew takes the audience on a vibrant musical journey that crosses from Blues to Flamenco Rock to Classical Gypsy Jazz to Celtic Music. Also hear Matthew's virtuosic hit rendition of J S Bach's Toccata on Steel String Guitar which featured on ABC TV.

"The king of vaudeville in Australia today."
: Lucky Oceans (The Daily Planet, ABC Radio National)

"Mic Conway is a very, very talented man. He should be elected as one of Australia's living national treasures."
: Bill Riner, ABC Radio, Queensland

"Mic Conway carries a torch for the idea that music can be fully rounded entertainment, making people giggle, dance and go 'Wow!' "
: John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald

"Mic Conway looks like he was born on a cabaret stage his ease with a variety of cabaret styles from music hall and vaudeville to New Wave testifies to this involvement and his expertise is apparent."
: The Age


Matthew Fagan's Gypsy Fire duo features Gypsy Jazz, flamenco, Tango to Celtic music with amazing Czech violinist Romana Geermans (Prague). Founded by Matthew Fagan in 1997, Gypsy Fire pioneered the Australian manouche gypsy jazz stage with fiery performances at Port Fairy Folk Festival, Castlemaine State Festival, National Folk Festival, Wangaratta Jazz Festival and more. The original album " Indigo Moon" still receives regular airplay on ABC FM.

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