‘Two-hit wonder’ John Otway is back

John Otway
John Otway

The Faces Experience can be seen performing their tribute act at The Flowerpot in Derby on Friday, April 4.

Picking themselves up and dusting themselves down after losing their lead singer Steve Marriott, the three Small Faces left behind – Kenney Jones, Ian MacLagan and Ronnie Lane – recruited Ronnie Wood on guitar, and then a certain Roderick David Stewart on lead vocals and became...The Faces.

Rod’s husky vocals and sublime songwriting talent, matched by that of Ronnie Lane, coupled with the raunchy playing of the band, produced an awesome repetiore of incredible songs and created one of the finest and most entertaining live acts of the early 70s.

The Faces Experience, featuring Noel Lanigan in the role of Rod Stewart, plus Dan Taylor, Neil Runalls, Dean Rees and Matt Bond from sensational Small Faces tribute The Small Fakers as Kenney Jones, Ronnie Lane, Ian MacLagan and Ronnie Wood respectively, will have you Twistin’ The Night Away to 90 minutes of the very finest tracks from Rod and The Faces.

Then, on Saturday, it’s the eagerly-awaited return to the King Street of John Otway, this time with his Big Band.

One of this country’s most popular and zaniest performers, John first achieved notoriety with his eye-watering performance on Old Grey Whistle Test and subsequent hit single Really Free in 1977.

A heady mix of blind ambition and rank incompetence was to keep this micro-star shining for almost two decades despite Otway’s ability to turn any situation to his own disadvantage. His autobiography Rock and Roll’s Greatest Failure outsold, by a factor of ten, all the records he had released since his hit, and now Otway is struggling to live up to this billing - selling out London Astoria for his 2,000th gig in 1993, filling the Royal Albert Hall in 1998, and charting at number 9 with his 2002 single Bunsen Burner.

2013 was another whirlwind year for Otway. His film Rock and Roll’s Greatest Failure - Otway The Movie has been playing to packed houses across the country, was shown at Glastonbury and selected for the prestigious Cambridge Film Festival.

Finally, on Thursday, April 10, there’s a chance to see the Sean Webster Band, fronted by an inspiring guitar vocalist with a great reputation on the British blues and rock scene.

Sean Webster’s back catalogue contains blues based songs, skilfully played, nicely produced and with some beautifully melodic guitar work.

Sean has played tours in the USA and Europe, performed live sessions on the Radio 2 Paul Jones Show, performed on national Fox TV in the USA and continues to wow audiences.

Doors open at 8pm and admission is £10 for The Faces Experience, £12 for The John Otway Big Band and £10 for The Sean Webster Band.

Advance tickets are available from The Flowerpot & RAW Promotions, as well as at www.rawpromo.co.uk