Wild Willy Barrett and John Otway
Achieving notoriety with their Old Grey Whistle Test performance and subsequent hit single Really Free in 1977, Otway was never able to capitalise on the opportunity, due toa combination of blind ambition, rank incompetence and punk idealism. Nevertheless, and somewhat ironically, his autobiography Rock And Roll’s Greatest Failure became a best-seller. Here he is with long-time musical partner Wild Willy Barrett.
Thursday 2 September, Komedia
As a founding member of Fairport Convention in 1967, Matthews appeared on the band’s first three recordings, before he left to release his debut album Matthews Southern Comfort, which had more of a country rock slant and which featured the number one hit Woodstock – their version of Joni Mitchell’s song about the legendary festival. A band was formed around the name of that album but again Matthews jumped ship and has largely been a solo artist ever since. However, Matthews Southern Comfort are about to release their first album for 40 years, so this gig, for those lucky enough to have secured a ticket, will be a very special and intimate affair indeed.
Monday 6 September, The Greys
Apparently the last gig for this Brighton four-piece. Their simple yet dynamic indie guitar sound has seen them winning many plaudits over the past couple of years, and a decent record deal promised much. However, this is it, as they say, and no doubt they will end it in their own style – sharp, short bursts of almost punkish energy, liberally dosed with wit aplenty. Support comes from Vaudeville, Yearner Babies and Amity.
Friday 3 September, Hector’s House