John Otway returns to Ropery Hall
John Otway reappears on Barton upon Humber’s Ropery Hall stage early next month nearly four years after his first appearnace in the company of Wild Willy Barrett.
His gig on April 8 will see John, who once described himself as “rock’n’roll’s greatest failure”, perform with characteristic madcap mayhem.
“John is an English singer-songwriter who has built a sizeable cult audience through extensive touring, a surreal sense of humour and a self-deprecating underdog persona and we very much look forward to welcoming him back to Ropery Hall,” said Liz Bennet of The Ropewalk.
“As well as madcap mayhem we can expect some scintillating stunts from a man old enough to know better but also be prepared to be surprised at just what a showman and musician really lies underneath the tomfoolery.”
Although John knew from an early age he wanted to be a pop star it wasn’t until 1977 that his dream became a reality when he appeared on the BBC’s Old Grey Whistle Test and became the talk of everyone who watched the show when he decided to jump on an amplifier, misjudged his leap and sent Wild Willy Barrett’s amplifier tumbling.
Not only did he see a surge in his audiences, sales of Otway’s sixth single, the half-spoken love song Really Free increased dramatically and reached number 27 in the UK Singles Chart. An appearance on the BBC’s flagship music programme Top of the Pops followed.
“Despite numerous attempts to get back into the charts, John had to wait 25 years for his next taste of chart success and in the intervening years become an actor; wrote an autobiography, performed sell out shows at London’s Astoria and Royal Albert Hall and make regular appearances at both Glastonbury and Edinburgh Festivals as well as write the nation’s seventh favourite lyric of all-time,” Liz continued.
In 2002 he had a second hit with Bunsen Burner and scored a second appearance on the Top of the Pops and continued to gig extensively around the UK either with his band, as a duo with Wild Willy Barrett or solo.
He celebrated his 60th birthday, with his debut movie, Otway the Movie: The Story of Rock n Roll’s Greatest Failure that was voted the second best film of the year in a poll of its readers conducted by The Guardian newspaper.
John’s gig on Sunday, April 8, starts at 7.30pm and tickets cost £13 in advance or £15 on the door. Advance tickets can be bought online at www.roperyhall.co.uk, in person from The Ropewalk’s Craft Gallery or by calling 01652 660380.