Friday, June 04, 2010

Half Man Half Woman – Deborah Conway & Willy Zygier at Basement Discs

On this cold, misty and dank winter’s day in Melbourne, what better than to take in some music at lunchtime at Basement Discs. As indeed I did, braving the crowds of bargain hunters in the city for the big stock take sales, to see Deborah Conway and partner Willy Zygier play songs from their new CD Half Man Half Woman at today’s in-store.

Deborah Conway is well known on the Melbourne music scene, having been in the industry for 30 plus years, most notably as the lead singer in the pub rock band Do Re Mi. In all that time I never witnessed her performing live. Seeing her live today, I regretted not doing so earlier. She has a superb voice, alternately mellow and gutsy.

The songs performed today from the new album, were a mix of slow burners and rock angst and included Take Pity on the Beast and Cul De Sac.

Willy Zygier provided sterling accompaniment playing slide guitar and mandolin, also contributing harmony vocals.

The Deborah/Willy combo was a refreshing interlude in an otherwise dull day. We were advised that the CD packaging contained a somewhat pornographic pop up of a half man, half woman, but as I did not purchase the CD, I’ll be left wondering.

Check out the
Deborah Conway/Willy Zygier website to see/hear their music.

And a big hello to Amanda at
Flop Eared Mule who was in Melbourne today and took the time to attend today’s in store. It was a pleasure to meet you in person after these years of mutual blog comments!

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