John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett

An evening of rock eccentricity withJohn Otway & Wild Willy Barrett, supported by Small Dogs Bite

Thismagnetic bond still holds after more than 40 years of attempted escapes andstill loved for their total in-yer-face originality, the contrast between thedead pan humour of Barrett and mad onstage antics of Otway are hilarious towatch. John’s lyrical genius and Willy’s outstanding musicianship (he seems toplay almost every stringed instrument known to man, plus a few hybrids of hisown making!)

Everkeen to add a new dimension to the show, Willy has a new addition to his arrayof instruments. Beware the Moose Homp!!.

Willy’sinterest in making instruments began when he commandeered two guitars made byhis dad in 1965. One from an old guitar neck and a scaffold plank which becameaffectionally known as the Les Dawson, and the other branded the Mk1 Schitstikelectric slide of similar pedigree. These instruments were used on many of theearly tracks, including Really Free and Racing Cars)

Wasthe Last Straw Tour of 2017 to be the end? Willy’s remark “this will be thelast time that many of you will see us together again” was often hastilymisinterpreted as the final throw of the dice, but the reason given “it’s notus packing up, it’s you lot dying off, you know who you are!” is oftenoverlooked by eager scribes. And so the rumours abound.

Forany Otway/Barrett virgins out there who don’t know what to expect, be preparedfor everything from bare-chested theremin playing to wah wah wheelie bin as theduo jump from one hit and 40 near misses to another: An amazing and irreverentperformance by two master entertainers.

Onthis evening, they’re being ably supported by up-and-coming local act SmallDogs Bite – an original, eccentric trio of misfits welding Ian Dury-esquemusings on life, growing old, boots and elephants with accessible, post-punk musicality.   Mike, Tim & Gary list Otway andBarrett, as well as Buzzcocks, XTC, Madness, Dury, Yes and King Crimson astheir musical heroes.  Unique in their own right, they all hold bus passesyet still have the passion, energy and drive of youngsters – laugh, sing, dance(in your seats) and warm up for Otway and Barrett.  A great evening!

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Fri, Feb 7

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