INSIDE THE CENTRE: Latest news from Spalding’s South Holland Centre
Reading Andy Fairweather Low’s biog is like trawling through British rock history. Born in Cardiff, he rose to prominence in the 1960’s as the fresh-faced front man and guitarist for chart topping teen idol band Amen Corner. The band had six memorable hits in two years with (If Paradise is) Half As Nice reaching number 1 in the ‘69 singles chart.
When the band split Andy gathered great line-ups of musicians around him for various collaborations both sides of the Atlantic and in 1975 one of these led to the massive international hit Wide Eyed and Legless which introduced the 70s generation to his music and made him a household name.
His musical reputation then led to him working alongside some of the most notable rockers of the day, appearing on The Who’s 1978 album Who Are You?, playing guitar for Eric Clapton’s band for well over a decade, and also regularly with George Harrison, Roger Waters and more recently with Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings.
Andy’s current Low Riders band, who appear with him in Spalding on Thursday 9 July, is also a who’s who some of the best players on the rock scene, with Paul Beavis on drums, Nick Pentelow on saxophone and long-standing friend and associate, Dave Bronze on bass. Limited tickets still available, but don’t wait too long to book for this one.
A couple more treats for music fans are coming up in September and are also on sale now. Roger Waters, of Pink Floyd fame, has created an event movie like no other. Roger Waters – The Wall will be a huge immersive concert experience crossed with an introspective road movie of Waters on tour.
And 80s star Mari Wilson, she of the glamorous beehive hairdo, is bursting into Spalding live with her Ready Steady Girls show, where she pays tribute to the iconic female singers of the 1960s including Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark and Sandie Shaw.
Tickets for all the shows mentioned are on sale from the South Holland Centre Box Office 01775 764777 or online at www.southhollandcentre.co.uk