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John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett arrive at Durham’s evocative Old Cinema Launderette for a two night stint of wit, self deprecation and song on Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th February.

John has built up a cult following through his commitment to storytelling, often comedic lyrics. His success dates all the way back to 1977 when, having spent his childhood listening to the Beatles and Bob Dylan, his talent on the guitar and humourous lyrics caught the ear of BBC’s Old Grey Whistle Test. Otway’s performance on the show catapulted his single Really Free to mainstream popularity, and launched a career which saw further chart success and critical acclaim. His most recent full length project has proven to be his most ambitious yet, as he flew his entire band to the Caribbean island of Montserrat to record an album, being the first artist to do so since the Rolling Stones in 1989. For an artist that has also produced a film for the Cannes film festival, he possesses an impressive array of talent, versatility and perseverance, and it seems fitting that a repurposed laundrette in Durham would appear to be the perfect place to showcase his talents.

Live cohort and long-term collaborator Wild Willy Barrett is also no stranger to experimental musical forays. The performer’s oeuvre has spanned everything from blues to psych, funk and pop, replete with wit and charm.

John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett play Old Cinema Launderette, Durham on Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th February



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