In his thirty-seven year career Wreckless Eric has made seventeen albums and worked with, or had his songs covered by artists as diverse as The Proclaimers, TThe Pretty Things, Yo La Tengo, Ian Dury, The Lightning Seeds, Holly Golightly, Nick Lowe, Andrew Weatherall / Two Lone Swordsmen, Cliff Richard, The Monkees and Ian Hunter, to name a few.
His first record, Whole Wide World, released by the newly formed Stiff Records in 1977 was (and continues to be) a huge hit. However Eric proved to be too maverick for punk and the mainstream and all but disappeared from view, surfacing in various guises and eventually finding his place as Britain’s biggest underground household name, much loved and much misunderstood.
In 2012, the painter Peter Blake named Wreckless Eric as one of the most important pop icons of the past forty years, and included him on the remake of The Beatles Sergeant Pepper’s cover where he takes his place between David Hockney and Grayson Perry.
Eric, who has recently signed to Fire Records lives in bohemian splendour in upstate New York where he spends his time painting, writing and recording.
Eric will appear alone with electric and acoustic guitars, a gummed-up electrified harmonica, and the occasional off-kilter loop, highlighting songs from Le Beat Group Electrique and The Donovan Of Trash (recently reissued on the Fire label), two albums which were overshadowed by his more well-known Stiff recordings but contain some of his best songwriting and are just now receiving the acclaim they deserve.
And of course, there’s every possibility of Semaphore Signals, Reconnez Cherie, The Final Taxi, I Wish It would Rain, Walking On The Surface Of The Moon…or even Whole Wide World.
More info at http://wrecklesseric.com
UK musician and poet Vinny Peculiar [aka Alan Wilkes] has been variously described as – ‘An under sung national treasure’ [UNCUT Magazine 2014] – a warm hearted Morrissey [Q Magazine 2014] and the missing link between Jarvis Cocker and Roger McGough [Irish Times 2014]. He’s released twelve previous albums of outsider pop music to great critical acclaim. His new ‘concept’ album Silver Meadows, [Fables from the Institution] is inspired by working [he’s a former nurse] and visiting [his schizophrenic brother] in long-stay mental health and learning disability hospitals during the 1980s and early 90s.
Peculiar has collaborated with Bill Drummond [KLF, SOUP ART], and his various bands have included ex members of The Smiths, OASIS, Aztec Camera & The Fall. Live shows herald comparisons to Eels, John Cooper Clarke and the more pastoral elements of The Kinks.
He’s a veteran of many European and US dates opening for British Sea Power, Edwyn Collins and Luke Haines amongst others and is a former compere on the Glastonbury Acoustic Stage.
More info at http://vinnypeculiar.com/
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FOOD PROMO: Ticket holders for this event are entitled to a 20% discount on food purchased on the show date.
Admission price TBC from See Tickets. Over 18 only.