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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Ironic Circus at the Waterfront Hotel - May 26th

In 2009 Workability held a talent quest at the Moruya Showgrounds. Participants in Workability's Supported Employment and Community Connections programs were offered the chance to strut their stuff on stage in front of an audience. The response was an overwhelming line up of dancers,singers,poets, power point presenters and musicians. Talents that had otherwise lay dormant emerged that day in an inspiring spectacle of entertainment. The day incorporated the songs and music of Workability's ongoing music program coordinated by Paul Johnston. Paul had co-written multiple songs with participants and many were performed on the day. And so, from this event emerged the idea of creating a band. Original members , Farah, Robyn, Daniel and Laurie brainstormed a name and Ironic Circus was born. ( Farah came up with the name) This line up with ongoing vocal support from the wonderful Julie Kidd and of course Paul went on to perform at many many community events throughout the region and beyond. Bass player Robyn frequently declared that since joining Ironic Circus she " now has a life!" The band has evolved. Farah's retirement coincided with the arrival of the stupendous Oscar who has gone on to become a local star as the true frontman of Ironic Circus. A participant from a mental health organisation reclaimed his life playing bass guitar for Ironic Circus. Unearthing hidden talents remains Ironic Circus' favourite objective. An Ironic Circus performance invariably includes walk-up performances by audience members Paul Johnston has previously worked with. And so ten years have passed and many memorable gigs. Ironic Circus headline Christmas events and grand balls annually for service providers ( Yumaro, Life Without Barriers) throughout the region. Original members Daniel Drum Guru Ostrosko, Laurie Flying Hands Masterson and of course Oscar ( super frontman) Geeves are as driven as ever and ready to celebrate 10 incredible years of community participation rocking the region with Ironic Circus.

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