An Evening with Simon & Oscar from Ocean Colour Scene

An Evening with Ocean Colour Scene‘s Simon Fowler & Oscar Harrison.

Intimate acoustic performances of all their big hits and anthems, including The Riverboat Song, The Circle, Traveller’s Tune, Hundred Mile High City and The Day We Caught The Train.

Simon Fowler describes the acoustic shows as – “A real tonic – a great chance to look the audience in the eye and interact with them on a more personal basis than ever before”.

With Special Guest, Pete Williams.

Ocean Colour Scene

The Birmingham band’s story is already the stuff of legend: a rip-roaring rock’n’folk odyssey set to a backdrop of over 20 years of UK pop culture at its very best.

Ocean Colour Scene have notched up nine albums, three of which went Top 5 – 1996’s Moseley Shoals, 1997’s Marchin’ Already and 1999’s One From The Modern – and a run of nine successive Top 20 hit singles commencing with 1996’s The Riverboat Song. They supported Oasis at their massive Knebworth shows that same year, and two years later helmed the biggest arena tour of any UK band to date. Their achievements have been nothing short of phenomenal.

From their days as Breton-shirt wearing disciples of The Stone Roses (debut single ‘Sway’) to million selling Britpop superstars (‘Marchin’ Already’ bumped Oasis’ ‘What the Story’ from the top spot in 1997) to long-term touring allies with Paul Weller, they have always stood shoulder to shoulder with the greats of modern British rock.

2016 was a triumphant year for the band that included sold out shows at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, 2 nights at the Millennium Square in Leeds to 12,000 people, a night at Times Square in Newcastle, 2 nights at Moseley Park in Birmingham and a night at the Manchester Apollo. Unforgettable nights for everyone who was there.

OCS played a series of Sold Out Christmas shows in Nov / Dec 2108 with very special guests Martha Reeves & The Vandellas.

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Special Guest, Pete Williams:

We’re pleased to announce that founding member of Dexys Midnight Runners, Pete Williams, will open as special guest to Simon & Oscar.

Born to Black Country parents just inside a new decade, Pete went to school, had a paper round, dreamed and played clarinet. At age 14 he bought a bass guitar and was soon playing in various bands appearing in social clubs around the industrial West Midlands.

Four years later he was invited by an old school friend to join a “new wave soul group” as yet unnamed, which later became Dexys Midnight Runners. Their first release “Dance Stance” was issued on Bernie Rhodes’ label, Oddball, and soon after they were invited to support The Specials on the first 2TONE tour. The album “Searching For The Young Soul Rebels” is considered by many to be one of the best debut LPs by any UK band. It garnered a U.K. No1 single with “Geno” and extensive touring and many festival appearances followed.

Pete left Dexys Midnight Runners  in Zurich at the end of an exhausting trans-European tour; returned to England and formed The Bureau. The band had top ten singles “Only For Sheep” and “Let Him Have It” in Australia and Canada, and toured Europe and the U.S. with The Pretenders. Their eponymous album was left inexplicably unreleased and overlooked in the U.K. They disbanded in 1983. The Bureau finally saw the light of day with a release in 2005.

After a short siesta Pete, as vocalist, hoofer, raconteur and front-man, formed These Tender Virtues with Fred Skidmore. Some called them “The Vicars of Vaudeville”, others “Dickensian nutters”. These boys, completely and wilfully out of step with the mid 80s trends, gigged extensively and toured Britain. The E.P. “The Continuing Saga” and a single “Waltz” were released through Cartel/Rough Trade, but after almost a decade of continual recording, rehearsing and touring, Pete called it a day for These Tender Virtues.

2003 saw the reformation of Dexys Midnight Runners and Pete taking centre stage alongside Kevin Rowland on the critically acclaimed tour of the UK and Europe “To Stop The Burning”.

“Pete has a glorious voice” reported Dave Simpson for The Guardian.

After a short power nap a fortuitous meeting took place on a canal towpath with bassist Al Gare (Imelda May) and drummer Dean Beresford (Richard Hawley). The seed was sown and Basehart was formed.

With the line up bolstered by pianist Danny McCormack (Roy Wood); trombonist Paul Taylor (Snowboy) and Fred Skidmore (These Tender Virtues) the band went from strength to strength, delivering blisteringly memorable live shows along the way.

2012 sees Pete Williams dropping any band name and releasing the long-awaited debut solo album “SEE”. Featuring all the aforementioned musicians the album also has a stunning guest appearance by Richard Hawley on guitar

Running in parallel to this, Pete and Mick Talbot were asked by Kevin Rowland to work on demo tracks, that they later recorded as the critically acclaimed 2012 album “One Day I’m Going To Soar”.  As the newly named DEXYS, a live show was developed and toured extensively, culminating in headlining the acoustic stage at 2014 Glastonbury Festival

Between February and August 2014, with the help of Pledge Music, Pete returned to Sheffield to record his second solo album at Tesla Studios, Sheaf Bank.  Alongside Dean Beresford and Shez Sheridan, with guest appearances from Mick Talbot, Clive Mellor, Fred Skidmore, Danny McCormack and Josie Lawrence.  Produced by Mike Timm and engineered by David Glover.

Roughnecks and Roustabouts was released 30th March 2015… the saga continues.


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