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On stage 8.30pm
This magnetic bond still holds after more than 40 years of attempted escapes and still loved for their total in-yer-face originality, the contrast between the dead pan humour of Barrett and mad onstage antics of Otway are hilarious to watch. John’s lyrical genius and Willy’s outstanding musicianship he seems to play almost every stringed instrument known to man, plus a few hybrids of his own making!
Ever keen to add a new dimension to the show, Willy has a new addition to his array of instruments. Beware the Moose Homp!!.
Willy’s interest in making instruments began when he commandeered two guitars made by his dad in 1965. One from an old guitar neck and a scaffold plank which became affectionally known as the Les Dawson, and the other branded the Mk1 Schitstik electric slide of similar pedigree. These instruments were used on many of the early tracks, including Really Free and Racing Cars
Was the Last Straw Tour of 2017 to be the end? Willy’s remark
John Otway is a witty and insightful songwriter and is only now beginning to achieve the recognition he has always deserved. As a duo Otway and Barrett are best known for their somewhat bizarre two-man rock numbers, with Otway's vocals fronting Barrett’s heavy guitar. The secret to their enduring charm? No formula, no identifiable musical genre, just superb songs plucked from the head of the astonishing Otway and given wings by Barrett's musical arrangements.