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One for the Road - An Evening with Simon Fowler

Thursday 9 March, 7.30pm

Expect a very special evening when we are joined by Simon Fowler, frontman of Ocean Colour Scene for an evening of storytelling and acoustic performance.


Discussing his extraordinary book, One For The Road, Simon Fowler recounts his life and songwriting through the prism of 69 songs from all stages of his career, from the first song he wrote when he was 16, through his formative groups, The Great Betrayal and The Fanatics, to Ocean Colour Scene and their multi-platinum selling albums in the mid-nineties.


Revealing a panoply of disparate influences from William Yeats and Cole Porter to David Bowie, Lou Reed and Neil Young, Simon reveals the stories behind the songs, the people and the places that inspired them and how he feels about them now.

Simon will play a selection of Ocean Colour Scene classics from The Day We Caught The Train and The Circle to Profit In Peace alongside a selection of new and previously unheard songs. Following the discovery of a cassette tape recorded in 1986 featuring over 20 previously unreleased songs, including a handful later recorded by Ocean Colour Scene, Simon will play a selection of these for the first time in public. 


Simon will be joined by his lifelong friend and award-winning and best-selling author, Daniel Rachel. Having grown-up three doors apart, Daniel lived with Simon through the heyday of the Nineties and witnessed first-hand the writing of the multi-platinum selling Moseley Shoals. Discussing their adventures from forming bands in the Eighties to the Cool Britannia revelry of the nineties, An Evening with Simon Fowler promises to be a unique and heartfelt journey into fame, friendship and era-defining music. 


Copies of the book will be on sale at the event.


‘When I was a teenager, my dream was to become a football commentator. Wanting to become a pop star seemed a stretch too far. It seemed daft enough to want to be John Motson, let alone John Lennon.’ SIMON FOWLER


‘It’s brilliant, beautiful, gorgeous, stunning... the kind of book you want to smell and stroke.’ CHRIS EVANS, VIRGIN RADIO


 ‘These pages reverberate with an insight and also a superb gallows humour.’ LOUDER THAN WAR


‘Simon Fowler is a success because of being blessed with a wondrous voice. He writes stunning songs. And he tells a damn good yarn.’ DANIEL RACHEL

Our Star Café-Bar will be open from 6.30pm.

All tickets £20

Please note, our museum galleries are closed during events.    

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