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John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett
Live at the Palladium Club, Bideford
Friday 22 April

Otway and Barrett - 40 Odd Years

The Palladium Club is delighted to welcome back the musical talent of John Otway, who is joined this time by long time collaborator Wild Willy Barrett.

The pair first achieved notoriety with an eye-watering performance on Old Grey Whistle Test and subsequent hit single 'Really Free' 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.

His finest moment came in 2002.   Asked what he wanted for his 50th birthday, he requested "A second hit". A concerted drive, including a poll, scrutinised by the Electoral Reform Society, to select the track, saw "Bunsen Burner" — with music sampled from the Trammps classic "Disco Inferno" and lyrics devised to help his daughter with her chemistry homework — reach the UK number 9 on 6 October, and earned Otway an appearance on Top Of The Pops, BBC Television's flagship popular music programme.

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.

2010 saw the publication of John’s latest book, ‘ I Did It Otway ‘, the second hilarious instalment of his biography.

A rare opportunity to see this hilarious and talented duo in a small venue.

Tickets are £12 available in advance at the club 01237 478860, on,, or at Solo Records, Barnstaple 01271 325274  
Doors 8pm


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