You can't stop a songbird!

Marcie Jones with Fleetwood to the Max band members - Annie Mac, Samantha De Vos, Sandy Oro, Bud Noordhoorn and Rupert Rodriguez. Photo: Jacqui Henshaw

Marcie Jones with Fleetwood to the Max band members - Annie Mac, Samantha De Vos, Sandy Oro, Bud Noordhoorn and Rupert Rodriguez. Photo: Jacqui Henshaw

Marcie Jones is celebrating her 72nd birthday and an amazing 57 years in showbusiness with a new gig.

Opening the show will be Fleetwood To The Max, performing all those favourite Fleetwood Mac hits, followed by Marcie with her strong, sassy and sensitive voice, She'll entertain with a mix of blues, funk, pop and country.

"I'm very excited to be working again ... yikes!" she told the Express.

"I might as well be working, it's better than death!"

Marcie's career started out as a teenager with The Thunderbirds in the early '60s. She then went on to perform with Normie Rowe and The Playboys and had many appearances on the popular TV programme The Go-Show. In the late '60s, it was Normie (who was also her fiance by the way) who suggested she team up with the Cook sisters from Brisbane, who were already performing as 'The Cookies'.

With the attention of The Twilights manager Garry Spry, Marcie and The Cookies were signed to E.M.I and went on to record in the studio. Though, it was the demand for session work on tracks such as Something's Got a Hold on Me and Russell Morris' The Real Thing that they are most recognised for today.

With their superb vocal harmonies and their synchronised stage movements, the group went to on to receive worldwide recognition and even toured as the supporting act for The Monkees.

In 1968 Marcie and The Cookies were awarded Best Female Act of the Year by national pop magazine Go-Set and were awarded the Critics Award for the top Australian vocal act.

The Kyneton local and acclaimed singer/songwriter and author (of memoir Runs in the Blood and children's book George and Charlie) has been nominated 17 times in the Victorian Country Music Awards and won Best Female Vocal and the Trailblazers Heritage Award in 2009 with her single Daddy.

Marcie says her loyal fan base is wonderful.

"They make sure that they come to all the shows and support us because we are their teenage years when it was such a fabulous time.

"We've lost so many (fellow '60's performers) in the last few years, Ian Turpie, Peter Doyle, Yvonne Barrett, Lynne Randell, Jim Keays, Darryl Cotton just to name a few," she said.

"Every time we do a Go Show Gold, every couple of years or so, we seem to lose one each time.

"I thank everyone who supports us, they're wonderful, they spread the word, they come and support the shows, they're fantastic."

Marcie will soon be announcing the release of a new single which she has written, called No Glory In War.

"It's me having a go at all the murdering bastards out there!"

"The words are very strong and it's turning out really well. I'll let you all know as soon as it's finished."

Visit Marcie's website or Facebook page to find out where and when you can catch her new show. www.marciejones.com

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