Pirate’s life suits captain
It’s not often you see a pirate walking around Avondale but it’s possible you have without realising.
With his bushy beard and piercings it’s mostly children asking if Richard Manic is a pirate. And they’re right. The 47-year-old moonlights as children’s musician and entertainer Captain Festus McBoyle, a pirate who traversed high seas to settle in New Zealand.
After entertaining audiences of all ages for the past three years Mr Manic says the profile of the character has gone from strength to strength.
After initially playing at children’s birthday parties and schools Mr Manic has been nominated for the Tui Best Children’s Album award at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.
Just two other groups were shortlisted for the award which is likely to reflect a lack of bands catering to children’s music rather than quality of sound, Mr Manic says.
A Pirate’s Life has 10 original songs appealing to all ages and cultures because of its semi- vaudeville, English comedic style, Mr Manic says.
It was his London roots which inspired his character that he created after becoming disillusioned with playing rock music for most of his 25-year career.
‘‘I’ve always enjoyed writing fun little songs and entertaining and dressing up.
‘‘I remember my grandparents playing old English comedies and growing up with that kind of humour has played a part but the character has evolved.’’
That includes toning down a strong English accent to a milder growl, he says.
Despite Captain Festus McBoyle’s rising star, Mr Manic still loves performing for parties and schools and says what makes his children’s music unique is being the whole package.
Go to centralleader.co.nz to see Captain Festus McBoyle’s music video Pirate Limbo which was nominated for Best Kids Video in 2012.
Dressed up: Richard Manic in his full Captain Festus McBoyle costume.
Secret identity: Richard Manic moonlights as children’s entertainment character Captain Festus McBoyle.