Saturday, 22 September 2018

Manfred frontman to play the Billet

MANFRED Mann frontman Mike d‘Abo will perform an intimate show at the Crooked Billet in Stoke

MANFRED Mann frontman Mike d‘Abo will perform an intimate show at the Crooked Billet in Stoke Row on Wednesday, August 12.

A singer and composer, d‘Abo‘s roll call of hits includes

Semi-Detached Suburban Mr James
,

Just Like a Woman
,

Ragamuffin Man
,



Ha! Ha! Said the Clown
,

My Name is Jack
, and
Handbags and Gladrags, meanwhile, was also a hit for Rod Stewart, Chris Farlowe and Stereophonics before being chosen by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant as the theme music for The Office.

D‘Abo also wrote

Little Miss Understood
and

So Much to Say
for Rod Stewart, along with

Build Me Up Buttercup
for The Foundations.

He later composed and performed the music for the Peter Sellers film

There‘s a Girl in My Soup
(1970).

He played the part of Herod on the original recording of

Jesus Christ Superstar
, and featured in a cameo role on the original recording of

Evita
.

On Wednesday, August 12, Mike will talk candidly about his career and play all the hits.

Crooked Billet proprietor Paul Clerehugh said: “This unassuming, down to earth man has made a phenomenal contribution to modern popular music. Hear Mike perform

Handbags and Gladrags
in this tiny venue and get goosebumps.“

The Crooked Billet‘s full regular menu will be available on the night, with a £20 music cover charge. For full details or to book, visit www.thecrookedbillet.co.uk



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