2-4-6-8 Motorway’s Tom Robinson to appear at Ropery Hall

Tom Robinson, the musician who is forever associated with the rock anthem 2-4-6-8 Motorway, will be motoring down the M180 to Barton upon Humber in October when he plays his first gig at the town’s Ropery Hall.

The gig is celebrating the anniversary of the band Tom formed in the late 1970s, the Tom Robinson Band, and its debut album Power In The Darkness, that went gold both in the United Kingdom and Japan.

“This really is quite a coup for Ropery Hall,” said Liz Bennet.  “Last year to mark the 40th anniversary of 2-4-6-8 Motorway, Tom paid tribute to the original TRB by performing his entire Power In The Darkness album with a classic four-piece lineup.”

“He will be appearing at Ropery Hall as part of  a follow-up tour this October with shows in the UK, Ireland and Belgium.”

Cambridge born Tom first came to attention both  as a musician and LGBT activist with the Tom Robinson Band who were early supporters of Rock Against Racism and Amnesty International with their Top 5 debut release 2-4-6-8 Motorway becaming one of the landmark singles of the UK punk era. Other hits included Glad To Be Gay, Up Against The Wall.

As a solo artist Tom had further solo hits in 1983 with War Baby and Atmospherics: Listen To The Radio, and also co-wrote songs with Peter Gabriel, Elton John and Dan Hartman.  His 14th studio album Only The Now was released in 2015 featuring guests such as Billy Bragg, John Grant and Ian McKellen. Recent festival dates include Latitude, Green Man and headlining the Left Field stage at Glastonbury 2016.

He was on the founding team for alternative music station BBC Radio 6 Music when it launched in 2002 and figured prominently in the campaign to save the station when it was threatened with closure in 2010.  Tom now hosts three shows a week on BBC Radio 6 Music, is a member of the Ivor Novello Awards committee and in 2016 was awarded a fellowship of LIPA to recognition his support for new music artists through BBC Introducing.

At Ropery Hall he will be accompanied by his incendiary live quartet featuring Faithless drummer Andy Treacey, former frontman of The Verve Richard Ashcroft, guitarist Adam Phillips and keyboard virtuoso Jim Simmons plus Tom himself on bass and lead vocals.

Tom will be appearing at Ropery Hall on Tuesday October 9 starting at 8pm.  Tickets, already selling well, cost £22 and can be bought online at www.roperyhall.co.uk, in person from The Ropewalk’s Craft Gallery or by calling 01652 660380.

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