Musical stars turn out for the kids

Stars band together for childcare fundraiser

Last updated 06:36 28/02/2013
Bret McKenzie fundraiser

HELPING OUT: Phoenix Foundation's Samuel Flynn Scott, left, and Flight of the Conchords' Bret McKenzie play at St James Church in Newtown last night.

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It may have been for the kids, but it was the parents up and dancing at a star-studded fundraiser including Flight of the Conchords' Bret McKenzie.

The variety show last night, organised by Playspace childcare centre in Newtown, was held to raise funds for the co-operative, parent-run centre.

On the sloping wooden floor of St James Church in Newtown, people sat cross-legged while listening to folk and acoustic tunes from McKenzie, Samuel Flynn Scott of the Phoenix Foundation and their musical friends.

Childcare centre parents organised the variety show with a goal of raising $6000.

Songs were played in honour of Tame Iti, craft beer flowed freely and so did a fair few swear words while the audience swayed in time.

As guitarist Mara TK put it, it was time to send the kids to bed.

McKenzie said his daughter Vita and son Leo were at home while he helped their childcare centre earn a few dollars.

The hit of the night was a rendition of McKenzie's Oscar-winning tune Man or Muppet, with Scott and him leading the crowd in a sing-along.

"I'm going to be the man, and Sam has sort of volunteered to be the muppet," McKenzie said.

"We'll see how that goes."

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