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Conway Savage

Conway Savage
Birth name Conway Victor Savage
Born (1960-07-27) 27 July 1960
Origin Victoria, Australia
Genres Post-punk, alternative rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer
Instruments Piano, keyboards, organ, vocals
Years active 1980–present
Labels Mute, Beheaded Communications
Associated acts Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Dust on the Bible, Feral Dinosaurs
Website /conwaysavage.commyspace

Conway Victor Savage (born 27 July 1960) is an Australian rock musician. He is a member of Suzie Higgie, 1998) and Quickie for Ducky (with Amanda Fox and Robert Tickner, 2007).


  • Biography 1
  • Discography 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Conway Victor Savage,[1] was born on 27 July 1960 and grew up in country Victoria, his parents were publicans.[2] His brother, Frank Savage, is a part-time rock music cabaret singer and builder. Savage began playing piano in his early teens in the dining room of one of the pubs his parents owned.[2] He later recalled "I just really enjoyed it ... I could just sit down and play it and play it – it's a beautiful relaxation, until this day. But it wasn't like I was playing in the pub for nickels and dimes or anything. I was really embarrassed about it and I kept it pretty quiet".[2]

From 1980 to 1981 with Savage on piano and backing vocals was in Happy Orphans with Jim White on drums.[3] He was also in Scrap Museum over a similar time period.[3] From 1982 to 1986 he was in a country music band, The Feral Dinosaurs, again with White.[3][4][5] Other members of that group were Nick Danyi on saxophone and vocals; Dave Last on double bass and vocals; and Jim Shugg on guitar (ex-People with Chairs up Their Noses).[5] The group issued a track, "Blue Day", on a various artists' compilation album, Asleep at the Wheel (1984).[5] A single, "Ramblin' Man", followed before they released an extended play, You've all Got a Home to Go To, in December 1985.[5] Also in the 1980s he played in the Melbourne-based country-rock band, Dust on the Bible, with his sister-in-law Jane (Frank's wife) as lead vocalist.[4] In 1988, with Last, he formed Dave Last and The Legendary Boy Kings, which included Bruce Kane on bass guitar; Manny Markogiannakos on guitar; and Shane Walsh on drums.[3][5]

Savage joined

  • Official website

External links

  1. ^ Beautiful Smile' at APRA search engine"'".   Note: User may have to click 'Search again' and provide details at 'Enter a title:' e.g Beautiful Smile; or at 'Performer:' Conway Savage
  2. ^ a b c d Best, Sophie (20 May 2005). "Savage Seed".  
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Conway Savage and related entries at Australian Rock Database:
    • Conway Savage: Holmgren, Magnus. "Conway Savage". Australian Rock Database (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 10 October 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
    • Jim White: Holmgren, Magnus. "Jim White". Australian Rock Database Passagen (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 13 November 2013. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
    • Dave Graney and The White Buffaloes (1989–90): Holmgren, Magnus. "Dave Graney". Australian Rock Database (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 11 January 2004. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
    • Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds (1990–present): Holmgren, Magnus; Skjefte, Morten. "Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds". Australian Rock Database (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 10 September 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
    • Maurice Frawley and The Working Class Ringos (1998–2001): Holmgren, Magnus. "Maurice Frawley". Australian Rock Database (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 27 May 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c Cave man
  5. ^ a b c d e f McFarlane, 'Feral Dinosaur' entry. Archived from the original on 10 June 2003. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  6. ^ a b c d McFarlane, 'Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' entry. Archived from the original on 3 August 2004. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Conway Savage | Credits".  
  8. ^ a b  
  9. ^ a b Armitage, Liz (5 October 1995). "Backstage: Keeping Honest Brings Joys".  
  10. ^ a b c McFarlane, 'Falling Joys' entry. Archived from the original on 21 August 2004. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  11. ^ a b c d e "Nothing Broken"Thank You for Clapping. Conway Savage: . Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  12. ^ Savage, Conway (2000), Nothing Broken, Beheaded Communications. National Library of Australia, retrieved 11 August 2014 
  13. ^ a b – Conway Savage | Credits"Nothing Broken". AllMusic. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  14. ^ Savage, Conway (2004), Wrong Man's Hands, Beheaded Communications. National Library of Australia, retrieved 12 August 2014 
  15. ^ Barry, Aoife (7 July 2009). "The Good Son". Event Guide. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  16. ^ a b Savage, Conway (2008), Live in Ireland, Beheaded Communications: Country Gent Records. National Library of Australia, retrieved 13 August 2014 
  17. ^ McFee, Edwin (31 July 2009). "Live in Ireland"Album Review: Conway Savage – .  
  18. ^ a b Savage, Conway; Fox, Amanda; Tickner, Robert E (2012), Pussy's Bow, Beheaded Communications. National Library of Australia, retrieved 13 August 2014 
  19. ^ Barman. – Conway Savage"Pussy's Bow"Conway Savage Reviewed: . I-94 Bar. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
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  • 1993 Conway Savage (EP)
  • 1998 Soon Will Be Tomorrow (by Suzie Higgie and Conway Savage)
  • 2000 Nothing Broken
  • 2004 Wrong Man's Hands
  • 2005 Rare Songs & Performances 1989-2004 (compilation album)
  • 2007 Quickie for Ducky (by Conway Savage, Amanda Fox and Robert Tickner)
  • 2008 Live in Ireland (live album)
  • 2010 Pussy's Bow (EP) (by Conway Savage, Amanda Fox and Robert Tickner)

Conway Savage is credited with: organ, piano, keyboards, backing vocals, guitar, hand clapping, composer, producer.[3][6][7]


[19] I-94 Bar's Barman reviewed the EP "If, like me, you think of him principally as Nick Cave's piano player, then you need to take a deeper dive ... [it] blows away some of the preconceptions of him as solely a country artist or (gasp) a Goth ... [it] is nothing but a record of contrasting moods. And a very good one".[18], which had been recorded in Ireland's Tumbleweed Studios in Pussy's Bow In 2010 Savage, Fox and Tickner issued a six-track EP,

In 2007 Savage, Fox and Tickner issued a collaborative album, Quickie for Duckie, which was followed by Savage's solo effort, Live in Ireland, in the next year.[16] It had been recorded live at the Glens Centre Manorhamilton, Leitrim on 18 October 2008.[16] NME '​s Edwin McFee noted that Savage's vocals are "a bit like sand and glue. He may not be blessed with the purest set of pipes, but his quivering, piano-led renditions of songs from his last four albums frame his ragged, whiskey-soaked vocals perfectly".[17]

In 2004, Savage's next solo album, Wrong Man's Hands, was recorded from late 2003 to early the next year,[14] on an 8-track in a room above the Union Club Hotel, Fitzroy, with members of Melbourne band The Stream, Amanda Fox and Robert Tickner. He admitted that he used a little James Joyce in one of his lyrics "but please don’t sue me… I probably owe you the price of a cup of coffee ... some of his words drifted into my imagination with the songs and next thing they – they just fitted like a glove and I just went with it".[15] Savage's 2005 compilation album, Rare Songs & Performances 1989-2004, traced his various studio and live material recorded in Australia and Europe. Guest musicians include Casey, Fox, Harvey, Jones, Tickner, and White.

In 2000 Savage released his debut full-length album, Nothing Broken, on his own label, Beheaded Communications.[11][12] He used Casey and Harvey; together with Charlie Owen on banjo and guitars (acoustic and electric); and Tony Wyzenbeek on harmonica.[11][13] It was co-produced by Savage and his engineer, Dave McCluney.[13] The musicians were recorded without Savage's vocals, which were added later, but just a piano guide track.[11] A reviewer at felt "This somewhat blindfolded approach to the songs, results in a fresh, impromptu feel to this stately, contemplative album. Spontaneity has always been an essential element in the recording process for Savage, and this daring approach is vindicated once more".[11] In August 2002 it was re-released in Europe by Cargo Records.[11]

In late 1995 he linked up with singer-songwriter-guitarist, Suzie Higgie (of Falling Joys), for the collaborative album, Soon Will Be Tomorrow.[8][9] It was produced by Higgie's husband, Matt Crosbie. Its release was delayed until after Falling Joys disbanded and appeared in June 1998 on Anchor & Hope, distributed by Shock Records.[8][10] Liz Armitage of The Canberra Times described the album as an "almost country-medieval record".[9] Australian musicologist, Ian McFarlane, felt it was "a low-key and low-fi album of soft-hued country 'n' blues tunes" containing "sparse folk/pop tunes and quiet love songs".[10] The duo toured to promote the album.[10]

Through the late 1980s and into the 1990s, he also guested on albums and singles for various fellow Australian musicians, including Martyn P. Casey on bass guitar; and Mick Harvey on drums, guitar and backing vocals.[7]

[7][6][3] (March 2008), Conway was used on backing vocals and hand claps.Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!". Due to the overall minimal piano parts on the band's fourteenth release, Where the Wild Roses Grow", a B-side of the single, "The Willow Garden In October 1995 Conway contributed lead vocals for "[7][6][3] (September 2004).Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus (April 2001) and No More Shall We Part (March 1997), The Boatman's Call (February 1996), Murder Ballads (April 1994), Let Love In (April 1992), Henry's Dream (April 1990). He has since appeared on their studio albums including The Good Son to promote their sixth album, [6][4][3]

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