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"The Newcomers"

A Brief History...

THE NEWCOMERS ARE A TRIO, CONSISTING OF:

IAN & ROBYN HILLIS AND MICHAEL DUNNE.

IAN IS A ONE OF A KIND ENTERTAINER WHO NOT ONLY HAS AN INCREDIBLE VOICE, BUT HAS THE GIFT OF COMEDY AS WELL.  HE HAS THE ABILITY TO BE ABLE TO ENTERTAIN IN WHATEVER FIELD HE CHOOSES, AND DOES SO WITH GREAT EASE. HIS SINGING VOICE HAS SUCH A RANGE THAT HE CAN HIT THE HIGH NOTES LIKE JOSH GROBAN AND CAN DROP HIS VOICE TO THE DEPTHS OF JOHNNY CASH. EVERY SONG HE PERFORMS HE DOES WITH HIS OWN UNIQUE STYLE AND LEAVES YOU WANTING TO HEAR HIM SING MORE.  BUT HIS LOVE OF COMEDY TAKES PREFERENCE AND HE WILL SPLIT YOUR SIDES WITH HIS FACIAL EXPRESSIONS, AND HAVE YOU ACHING FROM HIS ROUTINES.  HE IS ONE ENTERTAINER, WHO AS ONE CRITIC PUT IT, “BECAUSE OF THE VAGARIES AND QUIRKS OF THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY, HAS SLIPPED THROUGH THE CRACKS AND ONLY BECAUSE OF THE TIMING OF THE BUSINESS, HAS FAILED TO BECOME A MAJOR STAR, FOR HE HAS EVERYTHING IT TAKES TO BECOME ONE”.

ROBYN, IAN’S WIFE AND PARTNER FOR MANY YEARS, IS IAN’S SIDE KICK OR STRAIGHT PERSON AND BRINGS HIM BACK IN LINE WHENEVER HE SIDE TRACKS.  SHE SINGS HARMONY TO IAN AND COMPLIMENTS HIS VOICE ADMIRABLY.  SHE CAN GO FROM LOOKING AND SINGING LIKE CHER, TO IMPRESSING THE AUDIENCE WITH HER EDITH BUNKER IMPRESSION.  SHE IS A GREAT FOIL FOR IAN, AND HE WORKS OFF HER A LOT FOR HIS COMEDY.  HER DELIVERY IS SOMEWHERE BETWEEN MAE WEST AND GRACIE ALLEN.  SHE BRINGS A LOT OF CLASS TO THE SHOW.

MICHAEL DUNNE, HAS BEEN PLAYING BEHIND ROBYN AND IAN FOR MANY YEARS, AND WITH HIS INCREDIBLE TALENT AND MUSICAL ABILITY, MAKES THIS TRIO SOUND THE WAY THEY DO.

WITH HIS ORIGINAL ARRANGEMENTS, AT TIMES HE CAN EMULATE A SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, WITH THE DIFFERENT SOUNDS AND INSTRUMENTS HE BRINGS INTO HIS MUSIC.  MICK ALSO SINGS BACK UP HARMONIES TO IAN AND ROBYN WHICH, WHEN ALTOGETHER GIVES THEM THEIR "BEE GEE" SOUNDING HARMONIES.

AS IAN HAS SAID FOR YEARS "MICK IS THE WIND BENEATH OUR WINGS”.

THE NEWCOMERS CAN GO FROM SONY AND CHER, TO EDITH AND ARCHIE BUNKER.  DOLLY PARTON AND JOHNNY CASH ARE A BIG FAVORITE, AS WELL AS TINA TURNER AND ROY ORBISON (BOY CAN IAN SOUND LIKE HIM) TO SHANIA AND ELVIS AND MANY MORE VEGAS STARS.  JOHN DENVER IS A POPULAR SING ALONG, AS WELL AS ABBA AND SHAKIRA. MOST OF THE IMPRESSIONS ARE COMEDIC AND SUNG LIVE WITH NO BACKING TRACKS INVOLVED. THE NEWCOMERS ALSO GO THE EXTRA MILE WITH MANY COSTUME CHANGES TO FIT THE APPROPRIATE ARTISTS.

ONE OF IAN’S GREATEST IMPERSONATIONS WITHIN THE SHOW IS HIS UNCANNY LIKENESS TO THE LEGENDARY ICON BENNY HILL. NOT ONLY DOES HE LOOK LIKE HIM, BUT HIS TRIBUTE TO THIS MAN COULD BE UTILIZED IN ANY MOVIE MADE OF HIS LIFE.

BUT IT IS WHEN THEY SING STRAIGHT SONGS, THAT THEY WILL IMPRESS YOU WITH THEIR VOCAL ABILITY.  IAN CAN SING A BALLAD LIKE NOBODY ELSE WITH SO MUCH FEELING, HE WILL MAKE YOU CRY.  THE TITLE TRACK FROM THEIR C.D. ”FROM A DISTANCE”, IS A WINNER, ALONG WITH YOU “RAISE ME UP”, BY JOSH GROBAN.  IAN DOES A GREAT VERSION OF DANNY BOY, A TRIBUTE TO THE TROOPS AROUND THE WORLD.  IT IS A COLLECTION OF SEVERAL SONGS PLACED TOGETHER IN SUCH A WAY THAT IT STIRS YOUR SOUL.

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THROUGHOUT THEIR SHOW BUSINESS CAREER THE NEWCOMERS HAVE PERFORMED ALL OVER THE WORLD, FROM AUSTRALIA TO THE FAR EAST, THROUGHOUT EUROPE AND THE BRITISH ISLES TO NORTH AMERICA.

NO MATTER WHAT THEY DO, THEY WILL KEEP YOU ENTERTAINED FOR SEVERAL HOURS OF SIDE SPLITTING HUMOR, INCREDIBLE SINGING AND LEAVE YOU WANTING MORE.

A MUST SEE!!

THE NEWCOMERS CAN PERFORM AT ANY FUNCTION, TO ANY AGE GROUP. OUTDOOR STAGES, CONVENTIONS, CORPORATE EVENTS TO PRIVATE PARTIES.

WHATEVER YOU NEED – THEY WILL ACCOMMODATE YOU.

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