Performing in and around Toowoomba over the past 5 years, Owie (AKA: Owen Paroz) has become a household name along with being one of the most sought after performers in South East Queensland.
Owie can be seen performing in a variety of venues in and around Toowoomba 5 nites a week, and with a large repertoire there isn’t much that this man can’t play.
His repertoire as you will find on the Song List page of this website covers an enormous variety of music from 60’s & 70’s standards to current top 40 hits including material from artists like The Beatles, Van Morrison, Green Day, Tracey Chapman, Eric Clapton, Pearl Jam, Credence Clearwater Revival and to name but a few.
Owie makes his constantly updated song lists available to the audience at every performance and never knocks back a legitimate request, working on the theory that “It’s a lot easier to create a happy crowd when you’re playing material that they want to hear”.
Add to this impressive repertoire and a unique sense of humour and a relaxed persona where Owie makes everyone feel like they are at home in their own lounge room and it’s easy to see why this larger than life performer is in so much demand.
Owie can perform to audiences of all sizes and ages, from laid back dining to full on dancing Rock N Roll to 1000 people.
Also available as Wooly Cookies an Acoustic Duo
Enjoy your day!
Hey Everyone, Friday night I played to the masses at Fitzy’s on Church and as usual was an enjoyable gig but I had one fella who thought he was a comedian but I got the last laugh in the end. I was standing as I do at the bar when he came up to me and said gidday which is fine he then said looking at my belly “is that a keg of XXXX or Carlton?” he had a bit of a chuckle to himself until I said “there’s a tap underneath it why dont you suck it and tell me!” he then grabbed his drinks and moved on.(Owie 1 – Drunks 0)
Saturday I got to enjoy the wedding of Jamie & Chris at the historical Jondaryan Woolshed. They had booked it for the weekend and it was a great night with fantastic food and drinks plus the dynamic voice of Linda Capewell entertaining the crowd of over 250 guests. This venue really is a magnificent place for such an event and it was nice to be able to sit and enjoy it. I would also like to wish the newlyweds all the best for their future.
Sunday it was a double header with a gig at the Toowoomba Golf Club in the afternoon and then a Fitzy’s Sunday later in the evening. The crowds where down on usual but that what happens at the start of footy season I suppose. Just before I go this also happened on Friday night, I saw a fella with tears in his eyes so me being a nice prick that I am approached him in my break I thought he was probably a Bulldogs fan and sad about the loss but I said to him “what’s wrong brother ?” to which he replied ” I slept with a girl” so I said “good on ya man” he said ” no it’s not good it was my second cousin” and started crying more so I just politely advised him ” mate if you are so concerned with it stop counting!” (Owie 2 – Drunks 0)
Love to all
Don’t forget my new song of the week will be on my website Friday
Well gidday hope everyone is feeling awesome. I don’t have much to report as I took both Friday & Saturday nights off to spend some time with my beautiful family and celebrate my daughters seventh birthday. She had five little friends stay over for a slumber party on Friday and I think everyone had lots of fun.
Sunday I played for a sixtieth birthday in Bulimba to a great friendly crowd and it was a really nice gig so thanks for booking me Ellaine.
Just a quick story from a gig the other week, there was this quite large lady really getting into the music , so much so she climbed up on a table to dance. At the end of the song she was still up on the table I said “nice legs” she said ” oh thanks do you think so ” to which I replied ” shit yeah most tables would have broken! “
Love to all
Giddy I hope this blog finds you well. Another great weekend of rockin and Rollin was had with a big Fitzy’s Friday to kick the weekend off with some fun times and some crazy people celebrating birthdays ( no names mentioned Gen). Saturday I had the pleasure of donating my time to play at Danielle Brown’s Ovarian Cancer Race Day it really reinstated my faith in people to see so many people at the event supporting this great cause. As I recently lost my dad to cancer (obviously not ovarian) it was nice to be a part of this day and I am sure both Danielle’s Grandparents and my mum and Dad where looking down over the day. Saturday night I got to socialise for a change at Toph & Deano’s Birthday Party. What a great party with bucking bull ride , gladiator and sumo suits all on offer which I thought was much cooler than everyone sitting around on the piss ( there was plenty of that too of course). The kids had much fun and I’m sure the parents had plenty of fun as well. Sunday I had a bit of a get together with local band Lodi of whom I am playing some gigs later in the year with, it was a nice day with some tunes and some nice lamb chops creating a lovely day. Sunday night it was back to Fitzy’s to round out the weekend to a small but happy crowd with two ladies actually wrestling on the floor at one stage over which song I should play next. So it was lovely to see everyone over the weekend and hope to catch up soon, but before I go I just wanted to share a story with you. About two years ago I met a nice Irish gentleman at open mic night at Fitzy’s he was just a punter not a muso but every week he would order 3 pints of Guinness each time he ordered but only ever drank on his own. One night I asked him why he bought three at once instead of one at a time. He said that he had two brothers, one now lived in Dublin, one in New York and he lived here so each week he would come and drink in the old Fibbers bar just as they used to when they where all living in Toowoomba. I thought that’s nice and most weeks he gets a bit happy and has a great time. Any way last week he came and only got two pints, I thought oh shit what’s happens so I waited a bit and went and asked him if everything was ok and had something happened to one of his brothers and he said ” no mate they are both fine I just tought it ’twas time for me to give up drinking”
Love to all
Hello everyone well I’ve been batching over the lady few days as my girls were away in Perth they are due home soon and I can not wait to see them.Unfortunately one of our Kittens Richie had misadventure with a couple of Staffy’s this afternoon and died in my arms. We love our animals and as a parent it is a hard job to break this kind of news and I am feeling guttered at the moment.The owner of the Staffy’s was very upset but as I said to him accidents happen and animals are animals. They where just defending their backyard. In life there are so many ups and downs and i suppose you just have to play with the hand you get.
As far as gigging goes it was a nice Fitzy’s Friday to start the weekend off with a very vibrant crowd through most of the night. Saturday it was a bit of a working bee at Savonne’s school to get ready for The Family a Fun Night which culminated in a Talent Show hosted by yours truly. There was plenty of talent on show that’s for sure.It was a great night.
Sunday I played second fiddle to the Auckland 9′s at The Southern Hotel but the crowd was good and appreciative and thankful I took a break during the final. Even though I recon the commentators talk a load of shit.So all in all a good weekend was had by most I recon .
Even though I’m a bit down I will share a story with you before I go.
The other morning at the breaky table Savonne asked me “Daddy how much does it cost to get married” to which I answered ” I don’t know bub I’m still paying”
Love to all
Well here we are and one month has gone already. Another great weekend was had the first of February. Friday started off with a bang with a great Fitzy’s Friday gig with loads of familiar faces as well as making some new friends with timeless classics and every request met except Joe Cocker you are so beautiful while the dance floor was full. Any how’s I’m sure she got over it or didn’t remember by Saturday morning. It’s the old problem
For us muso’s I try to keep everyone happy as I beleive people have a better time if you are playing what they want, but sometimes you simply can’t do it. Some musos refuse to play certain songs due to over requesting but I try to play all requests where possible. Saturday Rubber Souls entertained the masses at Bar 839 with a great interactive crowd. Sunday well I was in two minds, do I go and do my gig at Fitzy’s or do I go and see Diesel at the blue mountain? Any how’s the need to feed my family won out so off I went and played to a nice group of people for an afternoon of fun. I was also lucky to have a beer with Cuz who had resigned from Fitzys and off to bigger things.
Now before I go there is something that has been bothering me. What is the difference between a chickpea & a lentil? Oh yeah that’s right a man wouldn’t pay $200 to have a lentil all over him! Lol love to all
Thanks Chris you know why
Hello everyone well a quiet weekend in some respects Friday night it was Rubber Souls my new duo playing at the southern hotel which slightly resembled Cougar Town with some lovely not so young ladies out on the prowl and of course enjoying our music. It’s one part of my job that makes me giggle is watching events of an evening unfold. The fact that the people you watch are usually pissed makes it funnier! I didn’t gig on Saturday night due to some miscommunication so I had an early night ready for my daughters first day at Pony Club on Sunday morning. It was not overly pleasant weather but the smile on her face and the love she has for her horse made it a great day.
Sunday night it was off to my favorite venue Fitzy’s on Church to play out the weekend for some hardened party goers as well as farewelling Casey who is off to South America on Wednesday, so all in all a nice weekend.
Just before you go I want to share a little story I recently took a job at Bunnings to earn some extra cash,and the boss said as I was very friendly I could start off at meet and greet, you know the person at the front door. A couple of hours into the shift a lady and two kids walk in and she was screaming and swearing right at the front entrance so as I was trained I said “Good morning isn’t this lovely day, and I asked the kids how are the twins today ?” She stopped swearing at the kids for long enough to yell at me ” are you fucking blind or stupid they are not twins one is 7 and one is 9 why would you think they where twins” to which I replied ” no mam I am not blind or stupid I just didn’t thing any one would fuck you twice!”
Love to all
PS : Thank you Minnie, you know what for
Hello and I hope you all had a great day on Sunday celebrating our national day. I had a great day with a lunch time gig at Fitzys and a Wooly Cookies gig to round out the night at The Southern , although the crowds where down it was lots of fun and great to see so many familiar faces. Saturday night I had a wonderful Engagement party at Picnic Point which, is an amazing venue if you are looking for a local venue . The weekend kicked off with a Fitzys Friday night to a small but fun crowd. However on Friday I did get to meet an Irish gentleman. During the conversation I mentioned that I loved the Irish accent, he said oh it’s easy you say say whale,oil, beef, hooked if you want to sound Irish .It took a while to work it out so I’ll put it easy for you :
Now say them one after the other quickly!
Lol have a great week