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Neil Conway
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With a knack for biting commentary and eyebrow raising lyrics, Neil Conway is a fixture of the Newfoundland arts community. He is an events organizer, activist,
With a knack for biting commentary and eyebrow raising lyrics, Neil Conway is a fixture of the Newfoundland arts community. He is an events organizer, activist, and self proclaimed radical roots crooner. After growing up between rural Nova Scotia, Toronto and Montreal, Neil Conway hitch hiked to St. John's in 1998 and still can't get enough of the place. Since then he has had his fingers in many musical pies including his own solo project, The Somethin' Family, a hip-hop/funk/reggae group known as The Discounts, a reggae band called Skank as well as improvising with various groups. He has performed as a dancer/musician with Sara Stoker's Collective Gutsink and Lori Clark's Loose Confederacy. He has been a regular performer at Sound Symposium, Peace-a-Chord Arts and Social Justice Festival, as well as frequent trips to St. Pierre et Miquelon. His company, Funnerbunny Pro, is responsible for the annual Homegrown Dope Jam, The World Songwrestling Federation, the Heckle Me Awards Show, terminus1525.ca's Seagull Sideshow and regular events in various St. John's venues. He lives to dance and laugh and would like to see more people doing it.
Band/artist history
After growing up between rural Nova Scotia, Toronto and Montreal, Neil Conway hitch hiked to St. John's in 1998 and still can't get enough of the place. Since then he has had his fingers in many musical pies including his own solo project, The Somethin' Family, a hip-hop/funk/reggae group known as The Discounts, a reggae band called Skank as well as improvising with various groups. He has performed as a dancer/musician with Sara Stoker's Collective Gutsink and Lori Clark's Loose Confederacy. He has been a regular performer at Sound Symposium, Peace-a-Chord Arts and Social Justice Festival, as well as frequent trips to St. Pierre et Miquelon. His company, Funnerbunny Pro, is responsible for the annual Homegrown Dope Jam, The World Songwrestling Federation, the Heckle Me Awards Show, terminus1525.ca's Seagull Sideshow and regular events in various St. John's venues. He lives to dance and laugh and would like to see more people doing it.
Have you performed in front of an audience?
All the time. Just across Canada so far -a bit In St. Pierre (French Island). I live for it. My favorite moments have involved Newfoundland comedians checking out my shows.
Your musical influences
I like all sorts of music. The main thing that sorts out good from bad, whether it be hip-hop, folk or rock is songwriting. I like songs.
What equipment do you use?
I play guitar and sing under various circumstances. I use a hollow body electric so an amp is nice but I can go direct -just cut out the mids and boost the highs.
Anything else?
Some media quotes: "It's about time this guy put out an album!" -Penguin Eggs Magazine, Edmonton "funny, catchy, honest and worthy of your attention." -The Newfoundland Herald "a great collection of tunes the local bar circuit has been singing along to for years" -Fred's Records, St. John's "A heart-felt satirical commentary on love, life, politics, pie and ice cream." -Rhiannon Thomas, Current Magazine, St. John's "a recipe for smiles and head nodding" -Lezlie Lowe, The Coast, Halifax
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