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Byron Shire
March 9, 2021

A round and a bout

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This Saturday at the Bangalow Bowlo two of the region’s musical heavyweights go head to head when James Cruickshank shares the bill with Christian Pyle. After months in the studio, the lads are match fit and punching well above their weight. Continuing the musical metaphor Cruickshank was subjected to some rather poor questioning from Nolan.

What’s going on – are we really up for a bit of biffo with Pyle and Cruickshank? As much as I would pay a dollar to see that, this is a night of music… hit me with it… I like to see musical differences sorted out on the dance floor. So there will be no blood but lots of sweat and tears…

How would you describe each other’s fighting style? Well Christian has youth and skill. But I have age and treachery… Christian has a loud straight right, whereas I’m more of a flurry of withering jabs.

Tell me about what you both have in store in your personal corners? I have a Casio SK1… an electric dobro… and a few stomping boxes…

And what about the pre-match training? … getting to know the competition. Watching old films of great fights and past victories – in particular Christians ‘Acre’ videos.

How do you keep fighting fit? Lots of heavy bag work for dinner and speedballs for breakfast…

Should we expect a knockout or are you expecting to go the whole nine rounds? … The bout will be divided into four song rounds… I expect both fighters to really keep the pressure on and come out swinging… we’ve both been training hard and have the legs to go the whole 12 rounds…

Gracious, should we be expecting men without shirts? What else won’t you have? Don King and 20 million $$$$… baby, but we will have three lights, a smoke machine and a fistful of undiscovered classic hits, some tasty merch…

What should we expect for this show? A classic bush-banging larynx-strangling finger-blistering bare-knuckle fight to the finish… may the best chord win!

Bangalow Bowlo on Saturday 8.30pm. $20.


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