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THE BEGINNING & THE END
Australian singer, songwriter and actress Deborah Conway in collaboration with life and musical partner Willy Zygier present the new album Everybody’s Begging, as part of the String of Pearls 25th Anniversary concert series.
A full band of Australia’s finest musicians bring the classic record to life, including Niko Schauble, Clio Renner (RocKwiz) & Simon Starr.
Deborah Conway & Willy Zygier are significant and eloquent contributors to Australian music and have been for over 30 years. Conway’s first band Do Re Mi topped the charts; her first solo album achieved platinum sales and earned her an ARIA award. Conway started working with Willy Zygier in 1991; together they have written, recorded & released 9 albums that have all attracted appreciative audiences & critical acclaim from reviewers. Alongside the core business of writing, recording and performing songs they pioneered the house concert concept in 2004 called Summerware; produced the national concert series called Broad of all female singer/songwriters 2005 – 2008; Conway was the Artistic Director for the Queensland Music Festival 2009 – 2011; and they are running the Shir Madness Melbourne Jewish Music Festival as Festival & Artistic Directors in 2015 & 2017.
In 2016 Conway & Zygier’s 1993 5/4 anthem Alive & Brilliant was inducted into the National Film & Sound Archive and the Leaps & Bounds Festival named Conway a Living Legend.
HARD to imagine but it’s 25 years since Deborah Conway burst in to the Australian rock charts with her smash-hit String of Pearls album.
Since then she has gone on to show that, alongside Paul Kelly, she is the most consistent and important singer-songwriter we have. She is Australia’s Annie Lennox, but a true original, and there’s no mistaking her voice, energy and musical intelligence. Steve Moffatt
Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier have made an album of vibrant, powerful and engagingly arranged folk songs that, yes, draw from religious thought, but are asking the same questions any thinking woman or man asks – just with better tunes. Bernard Zuel
… the rich and mostly acoustic base of Zygier’s guitar playing is delicate and adept, while Conway’s voice still has that bell-like clarity and occasional growl or questioning sneer, now coloured by life experience. Ross Clelland
Tickets: $38 Adults, $34 Arts Hub Members