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When: 7.30pm on Wednesday 14 November 2018
Where: Gullivers Lounge, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

We’re delighted to be working with Amy Rigby for the first time – plus special guest Vinny Peculiar – in Gullivers’ intimate Lounge!

Amy Rigby‘s first solo album in a dozen years, The Old Guys, has received ecstatic reviews in the US. After a few English dates in March 2018, Amy returns to the UK for a full solo tour in November. The UK album release coincides with new studio version single of The President Can’t Read, heard on Marc Riley’s BBC 6 Music show.

The Old Guys measures the weight of heroes, home; family, friends and time. Philip Roth and Bob Dylan, CD/cassette players, touring, the wisdom of age and Walter White, groupies, Robert Altman, egg creams, fellow musicians and mentors are paid tribute. Twelve songs written unmistakably by Amy and recorded by Wreckless Eric in upstate New York, The Old Guys is the sound of a good girl grown up, never giving up.

Amy Rigby has made a life out of writing and singing about life. With bands Last Roundup and the Shams in 1980s NYC East Village to her solo debut Diary Of A Mod Housewife out of nineties Williamsburg; through a songwriting career in 2000s Nashville and during the past decade with duo partner Wreckless Eric, she’s released records on visionary independent labels Rounder, Matador, Signature Sounds and reborn Stiff Records as well as her and Eric’s own Southern Domestic Recordings.  Her songs have been covered by Laura Cantrell, Ronnie Spector, They Might Be Giants’ John Flansburgh and Maria Doyle Kennedy.

For the last 20 years Amy has toured the US, Canada, UK and Europe, appearing on Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Janice Forsyth and Tom Morton shows on BBC Scotland; Hello Goodbye on Resonance FM, and BBC Radio 6 Music’s Marc Riley Show. She lives with Wreckless Eric in New York state. Her record Dancing With Joey Ramone is a staple of Little Steven’s Underground Garage radio show, and Keep It To Yourself’ (co-written with longtime MOJO contributor Bill DeMain) was recently the inspiration for a short story by renowned crime fiction writer John Harvey.

‘One of America’s greatest songwriters’ – Nashville Scene

‘Her smart, thoughtful songwriting has been knocking the wind of listeners since she first came on the scene as a solo artist with her 1996 debut Diary Of A Mod Housewife’ – No Depression

Special guest is Vinny Peculiar. Singer-songwriter and poet 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 twelve 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) and ‘the missing link between Jarvis Cocker and Roger McGough’ (Irish Times), his 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 and The Fall. He’s also written and recorded as Parlour Flames, the band he formed in 2013 with ex-Oasis rhythm guitarist Bonehead.

Current ‘concept’ album Silver Meadows is set in a 1980s long-stay psychiatric hospital, and is also in development as a musical stage play. New album Return of the Native, a Worcestershire-inspired collection of songs, came out in May 2018.

‘Part Pulp, part Kinks, and very much part Peculiar, this is observational, punk-tinged songwriting at its best’ – Hot Press

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