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Galapogos Duck

Galapogos Duck

Who: Galapagos Duck, Billy Field
Where: Western Suburbs Leagues Club
When: Saturday May 10, 2003

IT is usually a band's music that gains most of the attention.

But for Australian jazz band Galapogos Duck, the band's peculiar namesake often becomes the main topic of conversation.

The inspiration came from The Goon Show's Spike Milligan and was derived from one of his comedy sketches.

Milligan, who was a jazz musician himself, went on to become friends with the band and openly supported the band.

``Galapogos Duck are the sort of group which play the sort of music, which if you haven't heard them for four years, and hear them again, they're still ahead,'' Milligan said.

``They play the music, man.

And they play it great.

'' While Milligan saw himself as a big fan, he wasn't the only one.

Galapogos Duck has developed a strong fan base around the country by performing at some of the country's biggest jazz festivals in Noosa, Brisbane and Goulburn.

Following a great reception at last year's Jazz in the Vines, the band will make its return to the Hunter this weekend.

Galapogos Duck will perform at Wests Leagues Club on Saturday night with help from jazz cabaret legend Billy Field.

Field achieved fame fronting the Bad Habits Band with which he produced the hit singles Bad Habits, True Love, and You Weren't In Love With Me.

When Field and Galapogos Duck perform on Saturday night, punters can expect a hint of improvisation.

The show will see the two alternate between collaboration, contribute to each other's pieces and also perform solo performances.

Tickets are on sale now from the club on 4935-1200

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