Dexy’s star comes to Rugby open mic night

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Pete Williams of Dexys Midnight Runners and Rugby born Al Gare, currently bassist for Imelda May, will be guests at an open mic event at Style Bar.

Awkward Silence’s Open Mic In The Early Eve takes place between 8pm and 11pm on Wednesday November 27 and is free and open to everyone.

Pete and Al will be joined by Rugby acts The Record Covers, Nurse Roberts and The Medicine Man, Aday and Paul Buckley and Northamptonshire based Jack London.

Organiser Rob Low, one half of acoustic duo the Record Covers, set up the Awkward Silence open mic nights in recent months and has several events going on across Warwickshire in the coming weeks.

He said: “It’s not too often we get musicians of such standing and quality in our little old town and I’m delighted that Pete and Al will visit and give local musical talent an opportunity to share a stage with them. New musicians are always welcome at the open mic nights, where the PA is all set up so all people need to bring is their instrument.”

The original Dexys bass-man, Pete Williams had already been a part of two Dexys offshoot bands (The Bureau and The Blue Ox Babes) by the time he decided to form his own band, These Tender Virtues in around 1983. It wasn’t until last year that he released his first solo album, See, which received favourable reviews in the Observer, the Independent and the Guardian, which commented: “See is warm, welcoming and contemplative. If it were the actual Dexys return, no one would be disappointed.”

Al Gare is currently bassist for Imelda May and formerly of the excellent Birmingham based swing band King Pleasure and The Biscuit Boys.

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