East of the Severn: The modern sounds of the Black Country
We present a unique event featuring some very special talents in an intimate setting:
Black Country and Birmingham Artists Liz Berry a Poet, Mish Maybe a singer songwriter and Pete Williams a musician, storyteller and songwriter performed and met for the first time at a mutual friend Birthday Party.
A seed was sown. The idea of combining all these artistic elements into an evening’s entertainment.
But not following the normal show format with each artist performing their own section, but interchanging one anothers performances throughout the evening.
With contact being made with Pete’s friends The Black Country String band this added yet another element of Fun to this experiment.
Because that is what it is an experiment and they will be carrying it out for the first time at St Georges Hall Bewdley on Friday October the 20th.
“What a fantastic songwriter and singer the man is. We both thought that his record 'See' was the stand out album of 2012. Pete is a storyteller in his songs, and writes as a mature man who has lived and suffered and loved. The soulfulness that Pete brings to everything that he does is inspiring. He has the passion of a young writer, and the philosophical overview of a wise man." – CHARLIE & CRAIG REID (THE PROCLAIMERS)
“For me, it's all about recognising in another brother or sister that same appreciation, understanding and knowledge, backed-up by a feral instinct, that another side to this life exists. A side other than the one we're shown by the greed heads and the businessman and the meaningless, mindless pursuit of money. We can smell each other out. Pete smells good and is a damn fine man and musician"
“I’m a fan of the great Pete Williams. He tells terrific stories set to beautiful melodies and sung with passion, charisma and heartfelt honesty. He draws me in every time”. - IMELDA MAY
"Pleasingly wizened vignettes that take him from the factory floor to the stage door "– 4/5 Mojo
"La Cienega Song sounds like a hit in waiting" – 4/5 Daily Mirror
"His hook-laden tales are the work of a genuine craftsman" – Q magazine
"Like a landlocked Jacques Cousteau yearning for the absinthe green ocean.."
The Netherend Bantam breeders and Pigeon fanciers gazette....
Born to Black Country parents just inside a new decade, Pete Williams had a paper round, dreamed, and played clarinet, aged 14 he bought a Bass Guitar and was soon playing in Social club bands around the industrial West Midlands.
A founder member of Dexys Midnight Runners and a pivotal part of their recent resurgence culminating in a 9 night residency at the Duke of Yorks theatre in Londons West End and Headlining the Acoustic stage at Glastonbury festival.
Recently invited as special guest across 32 sold out shows with The Proclaimers
Here's a rare chance to see Pete perform songs from both his critically acclaimed albums in a stripped back semi acoustic show.
Liz Berry was born in the Black Country and now lives in Birmingham.
Liz’s debut collection, Black Country (Chatto & Windus, 2014), was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, received a Somerset Maugham Award, won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award and won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2014.
Black Country was chosen as a book of the year by The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Mail, The Big Issue and The Morning Star.
Liz’s poems have been broadcast on BBC radio, television and recorded for the Poetry Archive.
Mish Maybe was born in Birmingham and still lives there.
Mish Is the Singer and Song writer for Birmingham’s Alternative Dubstep Orchestra. ADO is a collective of Birmingham based musicians and DJs who bring a new live element to the dubstep world.
They have played numerous festivals throughout the UK and who’s work as been broadcast on BBC radio along with many other stations. ADO have been recognized internationally by French and German TV to provide music for documentaries.
They have also being recognized for their creativity and inventiveness by people far removed the Dubstep world, Producer Buddy Miller, John Paul Jones and Alison Krauss.