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Let the Chicken Show Begin

Let the Chicken Show Begin

Who: Birdy Num Num
Where: Wickham Park Hotel
When: Friday September 15, 2000

ORGANISERS are confident that it will be THE CHICKENS THAT ATE ISLINGTON show hogging all the Olympic limelight at the Wickham Park Hotel this Friday night, and not the Olympic Games opening ceremony.

The gig is the first official live show for BIRDY NUM NUM, featuring guitarist JOHN MCIVOR, bass player MICK KING and drummer MICK WILLIAMS. 'It will be interesting to see if people can pick the covers on the night,' McIvor said of the band, which takes its name from a reference in a PETER SELLERS movie, The Party.

Playing obscure covers by TOM WAITS, ELVIS COSTELLO and ISAAC HAYES, the group also performs originals that sound as 'commercially viable as possible'.

Five of the original tracks have been recorded at IGLOO RECORDING STUDIOS and are slated for release.

The sound is not as hard-edged as fans of Williams and King would expect from their other outfits, such as THREAD or King's now defunct Hound.

'I call it M.O.R. - or middle-of-the-rock,' McIvor quipped, referring to the decidely 'easy listening' tone of the rock band with a 'blues and swamp' element.

McIvor continues to perform in blues band ALBERT ROAD, with CHRIS DAWSON and BOB FLETCHER. He characterised Birdy Num Num as 'the show pony' to his Albert Road 'work horse'.

McIvor also hosts a fortnightly Wednesday night open microphone night at the Crown & Anchor, which continues tonight with feature artist DAVE POWER from THE PORKERS. TE

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