CULT rocker John Otway is frequenting our area so much recently he may as well set up home here, writes Lesley Potter.
Earlier this month he made an appearance at the inaugural Hideaway Festival at Fawley Hill with his erstwhile partner, Wild Willy Barrett. Next week he’s back with his big band for a gig at the Crooked Billet in Stoke Row.
Host and head chef, Paul Clerehugh, is delighted.
He said: “For the uninitiated, this will be a legendary performance — as much humour as music — with beautiful ballads and energetic rock. It’s going to be an enormously entertaining show.”
Otway first came to prominence in the Seventies, when he was spotted doing an energetic performance on The Old Grey Whistle Test. He enjoyed chart success with his first hit single, Really Free. He has played at the Reading Festival and at Glastonbury, and over the years has garnered a considerable cult following.
In 2002, at the age of 50, he hit the Top Ten for the first time with his single Bunsen Burner, a new take on House Of The Rising Sun, which went to number nine in the charts, and he performed on one of the last ever Top Of The Pops shows.
He plays at the Crooked Billet on Wednesday, August 28, and a film about his life and music, Otway The Movie, which premièred at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, will be screened at the end of the evening.
Incidentally, Crooked Billet chef and Standard columnist Paul Clerehugh played all the guitar parts on the original recording of Bunsen Burner and features throughout the movie.
Otway will be supported by Balkan gypsy folk quartet, The Fiddling Gypsies.
For tickets, table reservations, camping and glamping call the Crooked Billet on (01491) 681048.