Pro­claim­ing swing mes­sage

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - Tanya Macnaughton

THEY may not be try­ing to re­make the Rat Pack, but the tal­ent and big per­son­al­i­ties in Swing on This four-piece are cer­tainly rem­i­nis­cent of their suave vibe.

The Aus­tralian swing group con­sists of mu­si­cal theatre lead­ing men Michael Fal­zon, Ben Min­gay, Luke Kennedy and Rob Mills, who re­placed orig­i­nal member Matt Lee.

Fal­zon cre­ated the con­cept and the group de­buted in 2014 at Ade­laide Cabaret Fes­ti­val, with spe­cial guest Kate Ce­ber­ano.

They will per­form with WASO at Perth Con­cert Hall on June 16 and 17.

“We all just have a blast when we get to­gether,” Syd­neysider Min­gay said.

“There are all the clas­sics but we also swing some cur­rent, mod­ern tunes which is en­ter­tain­ing and ev­ery­one en­joys that side.

“You can pretty much swing any song that’s ever been writ­ten. Who would have ever thought to swing I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) by The Pro­claimers? It’s crazy but it’s awe­some and one of our best songs.”

Min­gay, who was in House of Bond, Packed to the Rafters and Won­der­land, said Swing on This was lib­er­at­ing af­ter play­ing dra­matic roles, al­though some­times the lads got in trou­ble for go­ing off-script.

“We’ll get up there in our nice suits and drink whiskey but what we’ve re­alised is that with the amount of per­son­al­ity and ego on stage, it’s im­por­tant to keep a lid on things,” Min­gay said.

“We re­ally do have to rein each other in some­times but I think it makes for the spon­ta­neous na­ture of the show.

“The au­di­ence gets in­volved be­cause it’s such an as­sault on the senses straight out of the gate with all the ban­ter, move­ment and danc­ing.”

Trained at Syd­ney Con­ser­va­to­rium of Mu­sic, Min­gay has fur­ther sur­pris­ing tal­ents, in­clud­ing hav­ing worked as a stunt driver and be­ing a cer­ti­fied fire breather.

“Back when I did Hair the Mu­si­cal they were go­ing to get a fire breather in to breathe fire to­wards the end of the first act be­fore ev­ery­one gets nude,” he said.

“I had done it be­fore at a party, ob­vi­ously not le­git­i­mately, so I put my hand up and said if they got some­one in to train and cer­tify me, I’d be happy to do it eight shows a week.”

Ben Min­gay, Michael Fal­zon, Luke Kennedy and Rob Mills.

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