Watt-Roy puts faith in his solo venture

Norman Watt-Roy
Norman Watt-Roy
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These are momentous times for Norman Watt-Roy, of Blockheads fame, who is touring with his first ever solo album Faith And Grace.

The bassist is heading to Portsmouth and will be appearing at the Wedgewood Rooms on Sunday.

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.

He was one of the founders of quartet Loving Awareness, who later met Chaz Jankel and Ian Dury and became known as Ian Dury and The Blockheads.

Norman has also played shows with Nick Cave and he regularly performs with Wilko Johnson who will 
be making a guest appear-ance at the gig, health permitting.

Wilko, the founder of Dr Feelgood, is battling cancer but is determined to play live for as long as possible.

The wide-ranging live set for this tour, based on the album, reflects Norman’s broad musical tastes from Blockheads--style funk to rock, 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.

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.

Tickets for the Southsea gig are £12.50.

Visit wedgewood-rooms.co.uk or call the box office on (023) 9286 3911.