Pi­rate’s life suits cap­tain

Central Leader - - NEWS - By KELLY DENNETT

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.

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