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Feb. 6, 2022

Jim Conway interview

Jim Conway interview

Jim Conway joins me on episode 55.
Jim is an Australian harmonica player who rose to fame at the age of 19 in the jug band: The Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band, with the first two albums from the band receiving gold record status. Jim also played kazoo with Captain Matchbox to great effect. The band evolved into the Conway Brothers act, before Jim decided he couldn’t continue after being diagnosed with MS.
But it wasn’t long before he felt the music calling him again and he joined The Backsliders, a blues band which he was a member of for seventeen years. He then went on to form a band under his own name, Jim Conway’s Big Wheel.
As well as some notable recordings as a session musician, including some film work, Jim also enjoyed the the great honour of touring Australia with Brownie McGhee in the late 1980s.

Links:
https://www.thecountryblues.com/artist-reviews/jim-conway/

Videos:
The Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band:
Mobile Line: https://youtu.be/eJ2wBc2tXXs
Your Feet’s Too Big: https://youtu.be/7uWT3aQZjDA
I Can’t Dance (I’ve Got Ants In My Pants):
https://youtu.be/Zy4jV6B08M0

Playing chromatic with Captain Matchbox:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qk7c_mqAQEY

Conway Brothers Hiccups Orchestra - Dinosaur Songs:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgnOIKclEvw

Playing I Wish You Would with The Backsliders:
https://youtu.be/TRZ_nNn7i14

Sydney Paralympics Opening Ceremony:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LRPn-pJkas

Documentary film on Jim:
https://youtu.be/wiq_fQ0XU-E

Podcast website:

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Spotify Playlist: 

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