Plus support from Andrew Wasylyk
After seventeen years with Tracey Thorn in best-selling duo Everything But The Girl, and then ten years as DJ, remixer and boss of his own electronic label, Buzzin’ Fly, Ben Watt unexpectedly changed direction in 2014 and returned to his earliest roots as a singer-songwriter. In the process he has released some of the most acclaimed work of his career.
It was in 1982 that he first emerged in London - aged nineteen - with his breakthrough solo EP Summer into Winter accompanied by Robert Wyatt. His debut album, the minimalist North Marine Drive went to Number 1 on the UK Independent Albums Chart the following year. A year later he was in the UK Top 40 with Everything But The Girl, and his solo career was put on hold.
Hendra, his award-winning comeback solo album in 2014 featured collaborations with guitarist Bernard Butler (formerly of Suede) and a cameo from Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour. Fever Dream appeared hot on its heels in 2016 to further accolades - 'Essential, 9/10' (UNCUT); 'Watt achieves the impossible by bettering Hendra. This is heart-and-soul music, and you need to hear it' (SUNDAY TIMES);'In his early fifties, he is making some of the best music of his career' (GUARDIAN).
Following sell-out shows with his band in 2016, he returns in early 2017 with a new stripped-back live approach. He performs a string of UK shows accompanied only by double-bassist, Rex Horan (Neil Cowley Trio, Laura Marling). Horan toured extensively with Watt in 2016 and plays on all of Fever Dream. The pair also toured together as a duo in Holland and Germany in 2016.
'I am always looking at new ways to present the songs,' says Watt. 'As a band or solo, as a guitar duo with Bernard Butler, or now as a different kind of duo with Rex - I like them all. All bring something different. It keeps it fresh and alive. Rex not only brings unique warmth and soul but adds great vocal harmonies too.'
Expect songs and stories from Fever Dream and Hendra plus selections from Watt’s early career as a solo artist and as longstanding writer-performer with Everything But The Girl.