Fling’s Fly farewell

IT’S going to be a big feckin’ wall of Irish sound at the Fly By Night on Saturday February 21.

We’re talking vocals, pipes, whistles, guitar, bass, drums, fiddles, a horn section and Irish dancers. And it’s all to pay homage to an iconic venue that within weeks will close its doors on nearly 30 years of supporting local artists.

Fling is one of WA’s most successful folk bands, its heyday in the mid-‘90s when it toured the world’s folk festivals and, says member Jon Cope, “every Irish pub in Asia between Singapore and Tokyo”.

Now, the band is reforming for the Big Fling Fly Farewell Concert.

“In the late ’90s, Fling were one of the few local bands that could sell-out a double Friday/Saturday night at the Fly,” says Fly chief John Reid. “They played a big Celtic sound and had a huge following so we’ve invited them back one last time.”

• Fling member Jon Cope and Fly By Night manager John Reid discuss the upcoming Big Fling at the Fly. Right: Gay Saunders illustration, found on thousands of the band’s popular CD.

• Fling member Jon Cope and Fly By Night manager John Reid discuss the upcoming Big Fling at the Fly. Right: Gay Saunders illustration, found on thousands of the band’s popular CD.

The Fling line-up has changed over the years but this one gets back to its roots and features Ormonde Waters, Suzanne Harris, Dave Johnson, Cope, Richard Saunders and Reuben Kooperman. They’ll be joined by fiddler Rob Zielinski, the Kavanagh Irish Dancers and a horn section. New Irish contemporary band Sparrow will open the show.

“The Big Fling’s Celtic sound is perennial upbeat happy music and we’re looking forward to playing together again, especially with the larger line-up,” says Cope, the band’s vocalist and cittern player.

“I hope people who’ve really enjoyed the Fly come along and say goodbye to the Fly as we know it.”

Pre-sale tickets $25 http://www.flybynight.org or 9430 5976 or $30 at the door.

by BRIAN MITCHELL

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