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The attack of the duelling showbands

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A show where the two greatest showbands in Australia’s history join forces in a comedy showdown to bring to the stage an incredibly powerful combination of humorous talent with a combined entertainment history of over half a decade.

Wickety Wak produced no less than 14 television comedy specials that, at times, had them out-rating the incredibly successful 60 Minutes. Greg Doolan who co-wrote these specials has gone on in his solo career to become named Australian Variety Performer of the Year in 2005.

The Wak, as they were affectionately known, toured America, Canada and New Zealand in 1981 and went to number one on the charts in Russia and Canada with their single Moonlight Marvel. Since then three of the boys – Rob, Tony and Greg – have been producing sellout shows everywhere they perform in the late 2000s.

The brilliant Four Kinsmen have also been the winners of Australia’s greatest showband – they were the first of Australia’s showbands to be honoured with a residency in Las Vegas after smashing the American audiences with their unique brand of Aussie humour.

George Harvey, blessed with a spine-tingling voice, can read an audience in a minute and knows exactly how to turn it on. Robert Pearson is a comical genius with the most weird sense of humour that can turn a simple ventriloquist act into absolute chaos. And then there’s more – add to all of this comes, considered by many who know, to be Australia’s best female singer. Laura Doolan is out on her own. Laura’s ability to complement such a team of eccentrics and somehow keep control is needed – boy is it needed.

See this great lineup at Twin Towns on Saturday.


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