Review: Norman Watt-Roy at The Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

Norman Watt-Roy with Wilko Johnson at The Wedge. Picture: by Martin Cox

Norman Watt-Roy with Wilko Johnson at The Wedge. Picture: by Martin Cox

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Norman Watt-Roy may not be a name that trips off the tongue of every music fan, but he’s well respected by those who know the depth of his talent.

In addition to being a founder member of The Blockheads with Ian Dury, he has credits that include Frankie’s Relax, Jona Lewie’s Always In The Kitchen and has worked with Nick Lowe, The Clash and Madness.

Now touring with his first solo album Faith And Grace, Watt-Roy dropped into the Wedge on Sunday night and gave a virtuoso performance on bass guitar with sax and keyboard as his accompaniment.

This was a night for musicians and music lovers with some long tracks and occasionally a little self-indulgence that was easily forgiven.

The pace of Watt-Roy’s fingers for some of the bass solos was stunning and Wilko’s Roxette was a highlight.

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