Be­gin­ning beg­ging for re­visit on Con­way tour

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - Greig John­ston

DEB­O­RAH Con­way’s mu­si­cal jour­ney has been un­fold­ing for nearly 40 years.

And if re­cent ev­i­dence is any­thing to go by, she may only now be hit­ting her peak.

Her past two albums – 2013’s Sto­ries of Ghosts and this year’s Every­body’s Beg­ging – are high­wa­ter marks.

More than 30 years af­ter her band Do-Re-Mi’s hit Man Over­board, and 25 since the soar­ing pop of It’s Only the Be­gin­ning, Con­way is still en­joy­ing the love of a life­time.

Both Sto­ries of Ghosts and Every­body’s Beg­ging are spir­i­tual albums, deeply tinged by Con­way and long-time col­lab­o­ra­tor Willy Zy­gier’s Jewish her­itage.

Con­way said she was fas­ci­nated by Ju­daism, but in­sisted it only went so far.

“I’m not re­li­gious; nei­ther Willy or I be­lieve in God,” she said.

“But there’s all kinds of ways to be Jewish. Just be­cause you might not be­lieve in God doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean you can’t go through all the emo­tions, the rit­u­als and all of those things that go with it. And these are fascinating ar­eas to ex­plore.

“The first time we started writ­ing about Ju­daism was on Half Man Half Woman (2010).

“I used some lines from a lit­tle prayer book called the Hag­gadah, which is what we read at Passover.

“It’s very beau­ti­ful poetry.”

While the themes on Every­body’s Beg­ging are weighty, Con­way’s up­com­ing WA tour also cel­e­brates an­other time of life.

This year marked the 25th an­niver­sary of the re­lease of her first solo al­bum, String of Pearls.

It was the record that put her on the map, as It’s Only the Be­gin­ning en­tered the na­tional songbook. Con­way said she was proud of the al­bum.

“It made a big splash at the time,” she said. “It’s worth cel­e­brat­ing; 25 years on it still holds wa­ter.”

Con­way will per­form both Every­body’s Beg­ging and String of Pearls in their en­tirety dur­ing her WA shows.

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