Pete Williams: On a Night Such as This

Songs and chat with this legendary founder member of Dexys...

Sunday 2nd October, 8:00pm - 10:30pm

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As a Black Country teenager in the late 1970s, bassist Pete Williams was invited by an old school friend to join an unnamed ‘new wave soul group’… little imagining that the band would become Dexys Midnight Runners. Before he knew it, Pete was part of an outfit that had supported The Specials on their first 2Tone tour, seen their debut album Searching For the Young Soul Rebels rightly hailed as an all-time classic, and scored a No 1 hit single with Geno.

Further success followed, with pivotal 1980s bands The Bureau and These Tender Virtues. And, in 2003, Pete rejoined the reformed Dexys, taking centre stage with Kevin Rowland for an acclaimed UK tour, and recording sessions that eventually became the sensational 2012 comeback album One Day I’m Going To Soar. And the resulting live show – with Pete once again at the forefront alongside Kevin – received rave reviews for both its musicianship and its theatricality.

Since then, Pete has released two superb solo albums. 2012’s See, with Richard Hawley on guitar, was hugely acclaimed (‘If it were the actual Dexys return, no one would be disappointed’ – The Guardian); and 2015 follow-up Roughnecks and Roustabouts was equally well-received; a warm-hearted, nostalgic song cycle that told the story of Pete’s journey from Oldbury factory floor to international chart success.

‘The work of a genuine craftsman’ – Q Magazine
‘Grizzled yet groovy teenage vignettes… ****’ – Mojo
La Cienega Song sounds like a hit in waiting… ****’ – Daily Mirror

In this new show, Pete – accompanied by guitarist Andy Wellings – will be playing songs from both albums, as well as delving further back into his stunning catalogue of music. And telling stories as he goes, in a warm, intimate combination of gloriously soulful music, and frank and funny chat.

‘For me, it’s all about recognising in another brother or sister that same appreciation, understanding and knowledge, backed-up by a feral fuckin’ instinct, that another side to this life exists. A side other than the one we’re shown by the greedheads and the business man and the meaningless, mindless pursuit of money. We can smell each other out. Pete smells good and is a damn fine man and musician’ – Richard Hawley

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The Waiting Room
9 Station Road, Eaglescliffe,
Stockton-on-Tees, TS16 0BU
01642 780465