Here’s one to look forward to, but first cast your mind back to 1975 and a fab album called Howlin’ Wind by the then little known Graham Parker and The Rumour – released to thunderous rock press acclaim and the start of forty year career for the for the bundle of high octane words and music that the world knows as Graham Parker.
And he is here at The Apex Bury St Edmunds with long time compatriot Brinsley Schwarz for a trawl through his extensive back catalogue and, no doubt, there will be more than a glance towards the last two albums recorded with The Rumour, Three Chords Good in 2012 and Mystery Glue in 2015.
Name dropping time: The praise heaped upon Howlin’ Wind landed Parker and The Rumour a support slot for Bob Dylan, and he has been cited, on more than one occasion, as a song writing influence by a certain Mr Springsteen.
Brinsley Schwarz has been on off guitarist with Parker for most of the latter’s career, but he is no stranger to rock press fame: His 1974 album New Favourites of …. Brinsley Schwarz, produced by Dave Edmunds, contained the original version of (What’s so funny ‘bout) Peace, Love and Understanding which was written by his then bass player Nick Lowe, and came to prominence and success when covered by Elvis Costello. As a footnote Nick Lowe produced Howlin’ Wind and several of Costello’s early albums.
With such pedigree how could this be anything but a glorious evening of songs old and new with which to recapture lost youth and look forward to onrushing maturity.
Kick off is at 7.30pm on Thursday 22nd September at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds. Support comes from Steven Wilson Jr