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11 September 2013

October / November 2013

Norman Watt-Roy is delighted to announce that he will undertake a UK tour in support of his first ever solo album "Faith and Grace" released through Cadiz Music. Known of course for his work with the Blockheads, some of Norman's most celebrated works include bass lines on 'The Magnificent Seven' by The Clash and 'Relax' by Frankie. Norman has also played shows with Nick Cave and he regularly performs with Wilko Johnson and. The wide-ranging live set for this tour, based on the album, reflects his broad musical tastes from Blockheads style funk to rock, virtuoso jazz fusion, bebop, pop, r&b and dance.

"Faith and Grace" ranges from a reworked Ian Dury track 'Billericay Dickie', to a new version of Wilko Johnson's 'Roxette' (which Wilko performs on), to Jazz-tinged instrumentals. This is a masterclass in bass, but also a great listen. 'Billericay Dickie' opens the album and is followed by a recording of Dury introducing Norman at the last ever show they did at the Palladium; this is where the album title comes from, "Faith and Grace" being rhyming slang for Bass. 'Papa-chu-pap' also features a sample of Dury and is in fact a kind of collage of samples taken from live shows.

October
17 SUDBURY Quay Theatre
18+19 GUERNSEY Fermaine Tavern
20 WORCESTER Marr's Bar
22 KINGS HEATH Hare and Hounds
24 PUTNEY Half Moon
26 TUNBRIDGE WELLS Forum
27 SHEFFIELD Greystones
29 WATFORD The Horns
30 BOLTON The Railway
31 POOLE Mr. Kyp's

November
01 BIDEFORD Palladium
03 PORTSMOUTH Wedgewood Rooms
07 DERBY Flowerpot
08 NEWTON ABBOTT Seale Hayne
09 WATCHETT Mineral Line
14 SWINDON The Vic

Norman's live band features fellow Blockhead and hugely respected sax player Gilad Atzmon ('hardest gigging man in British jazz'), guitarist Mike Outram ('World-class' The Guardian), keyboard virtuoso Frank Harrison and the astounding jazz-rock drum supremo Asaf Sirkis. Other surprise guests may drop in at any time! "Faith & Grace" has received a great welcome from the music press and fans alike and this tour will see Norman doing what he does best, strutting his stuff live. Unmissable.

For more information or to request an interview please contact Chris Hewlett on 0845 601 2833 or chris@chrishewlett.com

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