Arriving on the back of punk rock and a gymnastic performance on The Old Grey Whistle Test, his first single, the half-spoken love song "Really Free" soared to number 27 in the UK Singles Chart. It would be his greatest success for some time. However, the song did earn him a five album deal with Polydor Records, who thought he was a punk rather than merely eccentric. His first album, recorded with Wild Willy Barrett, was produced by Pete Townshend but sold only fitfully. The follow up singles fared no better despite some imaginative promotion, which included an offer for Otway to come to a lucky buyer's house and perform the single if their copy was one of the few from which the vocal had been omitted.
Last year John Otway nearly pulled off a world tour, taking his audience with him, a big plane was chartered and very many devotees and audience-participation-at-its-most-committed participants were signed up and paid up and ready to go up up and away. However a last minute glitch means that John will be bringing the world to The Waiting Room in Eaglescliffe instead.
This will be tremendous - up close and personal.
Tickets are £8, (Food available/extra). Expected to sell out quickly from Feb 19th.