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Music – Vinny Peculiar Band with guest Common Hall

18th October @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm


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 released many albums of literate autobiographical pop music over a twenty+ year career touring band, solo and duo shows in the UK, Ireland, Europe and the US. 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) and his various bands have included ex members of The Smiths, OASIS, Aztec Camera & The Fall. He’s written and recorded as Parlour Flames, the band he formed in 2013 with ex OASIS rhythm guitarist Bonehead.

The Davenham show will reflect the set list played at a recent near sell out show at the Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room – covering a number of albums from his back catalogue – with emphasis on his most  recent release.

Vinny Peculiar [Alan Wilkes] Acoustic / Electric Guitar / Lead Vocal
Rob Steadman Keyboards / Vocal
Adam Webb Electric Guitar / Vocal
Jim Gee Bass Guitar / Vocal
Paul Tsanos Drums

“A hugely talented musician who is right up there with Elvis Costello, Ray Davies and Jarvis Cocker, Peculiar should be placed on a pedestal” (Sean Hanan, Hi Fi + Magazine).

“A well-measured introduction to an under sung national treasure” (UNCUT MAGAZINE).

“The missing link between Jarvis Cocker and poet Roger McGough and some of the wittiest lyrics this side of Wreckless Eric” (IRISH TIMES).


Opening the night will be Common Hall (aka Robert Williams) – originally from Clitheroe, Lancashire – Robert’s an award-winning, acclaimed author beyond the day job, and in this case a gifted singer-songwriter nudged out of self-imposed performing retirement.

Here’s part of a review of a recent gig as written by Malcolm Wyatt taken from his website https://writewyattuk.com/

Opening number ‘We Were There’ gave off a Robert Forster vibe, but I soon changed my mind and felt within a few songs he was closer to his namesake’s Go-Betweens accomplice, Grant McLennan. Either way, there was an understated yet sharp story song element, highlights including ‘My Town on TV’ and ‘As Broken as you Think’, first delivered with past act The Library Trust, while ‘The Meeting’ and ‘Golden Island’ – the latter more barbed wire folk – were maybe more where he’s at now, seemingly fragile yet increasingly acerbic, his songs stripped to the bare bones. Prime examples were the bitter yet measured ‘Hope This Hurts’ and ‘They Don’t Sing for Me’.

Doors: 7:30pm, Music at: 8:00pm Close: 10.15pm [ish]


£15 via Andrew Whalley now at paypal.me/andrewwhalley1 or txt 07510853589 to arrange payment

£16.50 online from 01/08/2024 https://www.wegottickets.com/event/615043

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