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John Otway and the Big Band

Saturday, 14 April 2018 - 8:00pm
 
Back in the austere 1950s a schoolboy drank a bottle of ink and instantly became the centre of attention in the playground.
Now read on…
 
Rock veteran John Otway dubbed himself “rock’n’roll’s greatest failure” after many unsuccessful attempts to produce a second hit single to follow his 1977 classic (Cor Baby, That’s) Really Free with Wild Willy Barrett.
 
 
However, a mere quarter century later, he was back on Top of  The Pops with the wonderful disco pastiche, ‘Bunsen Burner’ and back in the charts as a birthday present from his adoring and patient fans.
 
And, more recently, his “Beware Of The Flowers Cause I’m Sure They’re Going To Get You Yeah” voted the seventh greatest lyric of all time in a BBC poll.
 
But that, of course, was not enough.
 
 
A couple of years ago John realised that live footage from the many concerts over the years, plus many TV appearances - and a failed world tour attempt - would make an entertaining documentary film. So he made one. Initially expecting a couple of humble screenings for fans, OTWAY THE MOVIE premiered at the Odeon, Leicester Square, was shown at Cannes - and at prestigious UK film festivals including Cambridge during its national tour.
 
 
2016 saw a remarkably successful Kickstarter appeal which raised over £40,000 for  John Otway and the Big Band to record their first new album in many years on the island of Montserrat, whose famous studios hosted bands such as the Rolling Stones before being devastated by forces of nature, being a preferable option to Harlow. The album (strangely enough called ‘ Montserrat’ ) is available now on Red Bowler Records.
 
Expect madcap mayhem and some scintillating stunts from a man old enough to know better…..and also to be surprised at just what a showman and musician really lies underneath the tomfoolery.
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‘He’s a cabaret act masquerading as a rock act. He is gleeful, anecdotal, funny and life-enhancing.’
Canterbury Fayre Review.
 
JOHN OTWAY AND THE BIG BAND come to The Continental on Saturday 14th April 2018. Doors open at 8pm. 
 
Tickets are £12 advance (£14 on the door) and they're available now from SEE Tickets, WeGotTickets & Skiddle 
 
In person from The Continental (01772 499 425) & Action Records (01772 88 772) 
 
 
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