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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett to Perform at The Met

The Met welcomes John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett on their tour, 40 odd years of Otway and Barrett on Thursday 9 June at 8pm.

Slightly anarchic folk rock combo merging humour, sentimentality, storytelling and fierce musicianship. Otway\’s vocals and somewhat manic stage antics are combined with Wild Willy\’s guitar/fiddle playing. The duo are probably best known for Really Free and Beware of the Flowers (Cos I am sure they\’re going to get you, Yeh) from the seventies.

The pair first achieved notoriety with an eye-watering performance on Old Grey Whistle Test and subsequent hit single in 1977. Otway\’s heady mix of blind ambition and rank incompetence was to keep this microstar shining for almost two decades despite his ability to turn any situation to his own disadvantage. His autobiography Rock and Roll\’s Greatest Failure out sold, by a factor of ten, all the records he had released since his hit.

Wild Willy Barrett is one of the most accomplished multi-instrumentalists working today, playing acoustic classical guitar with an original style and virtuosity few could match. His musical style is witty and his humour onstage is dry.

\”Never mind the Sex Pistols touring again: the real spirit of 1977, not to mention anarchy in the UK, can be found in the persons of Mr John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett.\” Edinburgh Festival Review, The Herald

Tickets for the event are £12, £10 concessions and the show starts art 8pm. Guarantee your place now by calling the ticket office on 0161 761 2216, or visit The Met website www.themet.biz