Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier are set to embark on a national tour celebrating the release of their acclaimed 10th studio album The Words of Men, and the 25th Anniversary of their hit album and first musical collaboration Bitch Epic, featuring the top charting single Alive & Brilliant. Aptly titled EPIC, the tour takes the remarkable duo to all states, performing at many of Australia’s leading concert venues.
★★★★ “exceptionally well written… magnificent” The Australian’s review of The Words of Men
In 2019, when music streaming forms the sound track of our lives, the live music experience remains a precious, potentially life changing event,” says Conway. “This year we have been blessed to work with some prodigiously talented musicians and I can’t wait to share the stage with them, playing the old & the new & conjuring the singular power of live music in all its glorious emotional precision & serendipitous unpredictably. You don’t get that from streaming!”
Released in February, The Words of Men features songs of personal, cultural & political observation. Recorded live to capture the vitality and beauty of the chemistry Deborah and Willy share with their band, the album reflects one of the most creative bursts in their renowned 27 year collaboration, traversing a wide range of themes, from songs about relationships, and their break down, to songs about the mysteries and joys of ageing set against the strange circumstances we find ourselves in as the 21st century progresses.
“We have very human concerns & we wanted to make a record that sounds human, with creaks and breaths and joy and passion,” says Deborah. “A serious record made with fun or a fun record made seriously… Sometimes a very spare arrangement with the tiniest bit of flesh to cover the barest bones of a tune, other times a veritable pile on, an acoustic maelstrom of joyous chaos brought to order by our collective spirit.”
Performing all tracks from The Words of Men, the EPIC tour also provides an opportunity for Conway and Zygier to revisit their highest charting album, the Aria winning Bitch Epic. Written on a stormy afternoon overlooking Coogee Beach, and first performed on a similarly stormy day at The Sydney Barracks in 1992, Conway recalls the crowd crazily dancing in white plastic ponchos to what would become an unconventional radio hit. “I still love playing this song, it has a compelling urgency & fury to it that remains undiminished 26 years after we wrote it.” A special highlight of some of these shows will be the Zygier girls, Syd, Hettie and Alma on backing vocals, talents in their own right.
For more information about Deborah and Willy’s upcoming EPIC tour, go to www.deborahconway.com
ABOUT DEBORAH AND WILLY
Deborah Conway is a significant and eloquent contributor to Australian music, singing songs that chronicle the essential elements of life, love, loss, memory, the mundane and the spiritual. Restless and confounding, her powerful voice and presence has fascinated audiences for over 35 years. A rare female agitator in a time when the music industry was male dominated; Conway continues to be a role model for young women and a mentor to emerging artists.
Willy Zygier is a guitarist and a thought provoking composer whose work is rich, rhythmic and distinctive. His musical career encompasses roles as a composer, arranger, producer, programmer and musician. He first toured with Deborah on the String of Pearls national tour in 1991. This was the start of a highly successful songwriting and personal collaboration for Conway and Zygier that has resulted in ten records.
EPIC TOUR DATES
23 May • Astor Theatre, Perth
24 May • Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
25 May • Queens Park Theatre, Geraldton
30 May • Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide
31 May • Darwin Entertainment Centre
6 June • Theatre Royal, Hobart
7 & 8 June • Sydney Opera House
23 June • Byron Bay Theatre
13 June • Capitol Theatre, Bendigo
14 June • Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre
15 June • Horsham Town Hall
16 June • Hamer Hall, Melbourne
20 & 21 June • Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane
28 June • Tanks, Cairns
29 June • Dalrymple Hotel, Townsville
30 June • Mt Pleasant tavern, Mackay
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