Australian jazz institution Galapagos Duck will perform in the Rose City on June 11.
Australian jazz institution Galapagos Duck will perform in the Rose City on June 11.

Talented jazz band to wow Warwick

ONE of Australia’s greatest touring jazz bands is set to perform in Warwick for the first time since it began.

Sydney band Galapagos Duck will play in Warwick on June 11 in place of the Southern Downs Jazz Society’s monthly night at O’Mahony’s Hotel.

Long-time bass and guitarist for the band John Conley described the music they would play, which will largely be originals from their 13 albums, as “eclectic”.

“I suppose the old fashioned word would be eclectic ... we play all sorts of different music,” he said.

“We just pick songs we like and hope the members of the public like them as well.”

Galapagos Duck have toured extensively around the world and Australia in places including Europe, the sub-continent and even China since they kicked off in the early 70s.

Conley said the Duck would bring a five-piece band to the Rose City for one night only which would feature long-time members Greg Foster, Willy Qua and Rodney Ford.

Talented pianist Matt Baker will not be on the tour as he is travelling to New York.

Conley said the band had started to slow down – but not much.

“Well look we’re not quite touring as much as what we did in some stages in the past; we sort of decided we were not going to tour as much at one stage,” he said.

“People had wives and kids ... we’ve been getting a little bit more back into it at the moment.”

Ford will lead the vocals and play the drums at the gig while Foster and Qua will play the trombone, blues harp, saxophone and flute among other things.

Conley said while jazz did not get much publicity in Australia, there was still a huge underground audience for the style.

“There is definitely the support out there,” he said.

Southern Downs Jazz Society (SDJS) president Terry Gilchrist said it was great for Warwick to be able to attract a band of the calibre of Galapagos Duck.

“I saw them in Sydney in 1987. They are professional musicians who’re pushing out a top-line product,” he said.

Mr Gilchrist said he hoped the gig could be used as a good promotional tool for the newly-formed SDJS, which had its first jazz night on Friday at O’Mahony’s.



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