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Birben highlight versatility with rocking range

Who: Birben Variety Band
Where: Mayfield Ex Services Club
When: Friday June 22, 2001

THE Birben Variety Band added the word 'variety' to their name for good reason.

As a variety band, they insist they can handle any venue and satisfy any audience request.

The band's repertoire ranges from Spanish Eyes and Blue Bayou to more recent hits and classics songs from Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Tom Jones and The Easybeats. The story of the Birben Variety Band began 20 years ago when member Peter Benson decided to form a group to perform music from the late '50s to the '70s.

After 20 years of performance the group has become a well-polished band which performs anything from easy listening to popular music and roaring rock'n'roll tracks.

Each band member has had years of experience in the entertainment industry, working in bands, duos and floor shows.

Benson said that by adding variety to the performances the band was brought closer to its audience, something which he has always strived for.

'It keeps everyone involved and creates a happier atmosphere,' Benson said.

You can catch the Birben Variety Band at Waratah Mayfield Ex-Services Club on Friday and at the Adamstown RSL Club on Saturday.

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