Vinny Peculiar at The Castle on Friday 19th June 2020
Vinny returns to The Castle with a brand new band show, support comes from ace Glossop songsmith Steve Roberts and Bolton poetry wiz Oliver Lomax,
About Vinny Peculiar…
Singer-Songwriter Vinny Peculiar [aka Alan Wilkes] grew up in Worcestershire and trained as a nurse before signing to Manchester cult label Ugly Man records [former home to Elbow]. He’s since put out thirteen albums of literate autobiographical pop music over a twenty-year career and has regularly toured band, solo and duo shows.
Variously described as – ‘an under sung national treasure’ [UNCUT] – ‘a warm hearted Morrissey’ [Q Magazine] and ‘the missing link between Jarvis Cocker and Roger McGough’ [Irish Times] - past work associations include Bill Drummond [KLF], Luke Haines and Jah Wobble [PIL] and his various bands have included ex members of The Smiths, OASIS, Aztec Camera & The Fall. He’s also written and recorded as Parlour Flames, the band he formed in 2013 with ex OASIS rhythm guitarist Bonehead.
‘If Tony Hancock had made pop records, they’d have sounded like this’ UNCUT MAGAZINE
Part Pulp, part Kinks, and very much part Peculiar, this is observational, punk-tinged songwriting at its best. HOT PRESS ****
Wildly witty with abject sadness and pathos in swathes, like a warm-hearted Morrissey no less’ INDEPENDENT
About Steve Roberts...
Steve Roberts has been a musician for more years than he can remember… As the singer and songwriter with Liverpool’s 16 Tambourines he signed a major record deal and toured and recorded throughout Europe in the late 80s and early 90s grazing the lower reaches of the uk charts and securing a reputation as a songwriter of some renown. In the mid 90s he founded Acoustic Engine songwriting gig promotions before leaping back in to the musical swamp himself in the naughties with his debut solo album It Just Is, recorded with friends from The Lightning Seeds, The La’s and other great Liverpool musicians. “A beautiful album, we fell in love with it” Janice Long. “The creepy folk pop noir of Love meets Crowded House” Uncut Magazine. Since then he’s recorded more solo albums, a band album with Captain Pop, a song based show about the Cold War, written for television and theatre and is currently writing songs for an arts council supported project, The Life of Books. 16 Tambourines played a sold out show in Liverpool in November and are due to record a new album. He enjoys painting, reading and running after Reg, his springer spaniel.
About Oliver Lomax ....
Oliver James Lomax is a 36 year old poet from Bolton, he published his first collection 18 Poems in 2017 (published by Dylan’s Salubrious House Swansea) that was illustrated by the artist Dan Llewellyn Hall. The book was launched in South Wales at The Laugharne Festival and had a northern launch at The Portico Library in Manchester. He has been poet in residence at The Working Class Movement Library, Poet in residence with Dylan’s Book Bus at The Laugharne Weekend, Latitude Festival, Green Man, Do Not Go Gentle and The Goodlife Experience. Oliver has also been poet in residence at The Dylan Thomas Birthplace in Swansea, whilst in Swansea he performed at the Universities literature festival supporting poet laureate Simon Armitage and Daljit Nagra. He was commissioned to write a poem about the 53 Trees of the Western Road in Sheffield which featured on The One Show and more recently he was commissioned to write a poem for the Nationwide Christmas Advert. He has just finished writing three new poems based on Peterloo that were performed by Maxine Peake at the Radical Readings commemorative event in Manchester and supported Billy Bragg performing his poems at Manchester Central library. Oliver also performed these poems at The Albert Hall in Manchester accompanied by Staylybridge Brass Band. He is currently working on a Songlines poetry theatre piece with The Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester and this month released a single that Tom Robinson on BBC 6 Music described as ‘An unholy hybrid of John Cooper Clarke and The Fall.’ Oliver’s poetry is now being taught in schools and he is currently working on his next collection due out in May.
Music Genres: Acoustic, Rock, Spoken Word
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