Bass-Lines and Book Art: Norman Watt-Roy, Richard England and Tadeus Blower in conversation at Metal.
Doors Open: 7.30pm for 8pm start
Tickets: FREE – but booking is required here.
It is the final two weeks of Feelgood Café – the full and official collection of memorabilia and artefacts of the legendary Canvey Island band, Dr Feelgood at Chalkwell Hall.
Over the last 3 months Metal has curated a series of events at Feelgood Café to explore the impact and evolution of the electric guitar. We saved the best till last and are delighted to be welcoming Norman Watt-Roy, Richard England and Tadeus Blower who will join forces to discuss the bass guitar, book art and animation.
Legendary bass player, Norman Watt-Roy, is recognised by many as one of the world’s greatest bassists. Probably most well known for being one of Ian Dury’s Blockheads, Watt-Roy has spent the last twenty-five years, as Wilko Johnson’s secret weapon on bass.
On the 4th of December Feelgood Café will open its doors to host Richard England, the CEO of Cadiz Music (Wilko Johnson’s label). He will be talking to Norman Watt-Roy about his music and his love affair with the bass. Watt-Roy will also be strumming the guitar and playing tunes from his eclectic career. As part of the celebrations , visual artist, Tad Blower will also launch his new book The Watt-Roy Flickerbook.
The ‘flicker book’ is the work of Blower, the South Essex artist, who also created the artwork for Julien Temple’s ground breaking film about the Doctor Feelgood, ‘Oil City Confidential’. Blower has also recently produced artwork for Richard England’s ‘East End Babylon’. The Watt-Roy Flickerbook presents a homage to the sounds, movement and expressions of one of the most up-front side-kicks in modern music. Tad’s supporting drawings, giant paintings, and animations will also be on display on the night.
Said Blower, ‘This project brings together rock n’ roll, fine art, illustration and animation. The paintings are a raw response to watching Norman perform- capturing the energy and physical expression, and that fantastic tight-rumbling bass sound. This pocket sized work of art records some of the umpteen facial expressions, body contortions and finger movements of Norman in concert. When I was child I would spend hours flicking through flicker books, there is something really magical about them.”
This event presents the finale to a programme of diverse and exciting events that have celebrated the guitar in all its different aspects. Colette Bailey, Artistic Director of Metal, said: ‘Film makers, writers, visual artists and musicians have contributed to the programme. All have been working with the sounds of the electric guitar in interesting and innovative ways. Highlights have included – Urthona, Zoe Howe, Lee Rourke, Ex-Easter Island Head and Jem Finer. It’s great to end the programme with such a legend who is so closely associated with Wilko Johnson, the Blockheads and the music of the Thames Estuary.”
The Feelgood Café can still be viewed by appointment by calling 01702 470 700 until Friday 12 December 2014.