Andy Sharrocks announces Valentine’s Day gig

Andy Sharrocks

Singer-songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Andy Sharrocks & The Incurable Romantics will perform a Valentine’s Day Headline London Show which will see him perform a Free Entry headline show with a full band and special guests on Wednesday 14th February 2024 (Valentine’s Day) at the legendary venue The 100 Club, Oxford Street, London, United Kingdom.

The evening will be hosted by Riverside Radio DJ and poet Carl Chamberlain with support by Pete Kosanovich plus one other act TBC.

Join us for an unforgettable night of live music with Andy Sharrocks & The Incurable Romantics at The 100 Club on Oxford Street, London, UK. Get ready to groove to their infectious tunes and experience the energy of their electrifying performances. Don’t miss out on this in-person event that promises to be a night to remember. Grab your friends and get ready to dance the night away!

Andy Sharrocks started writing songs in 1976. He found a vehicle for these songs with punk band Accident On The East Lancs. This started out as a covers band, but Andy soon became frustrated when the other members wanted to stay that way. The band disintegrated but Andy retained the name, forming a new cutting edge four piece playing his songs. He financed their first single in 1979 on his own label Roach Records.

This was a double A side as one of the sides was a ditty called We Want It Legalised. The other side was a Bo Diddly kind of groove called Tell Me What Ya Mean, which Record Collector magazine recently said sounded like a song The Strokes should cover. This line up fell apart when immediate success failed to arrive, but Andy formed another band out of the ashes of local band Wilful Damage, and the guitarist out of the original covers band. They recorded and released on Roach Records another double A sided single in 1981 as well as an album released on cassette tape on Cargo Records. The singles now exchange hands on the collectors’ market for over seventy pounds, the album has been re-released on vinyl twice, once on a German label, and once on UK’s OZIT/MORPHEUS Records which came with a bonus live album The singles have been released on many punk compilations and We Want It Legalised is about to be released on a new Manchester punk compilation on Cherry Red Records.

They played many free festivals including Deeply Vale three times, and did many great supports including The Fall, Tractor, Here And Now and Crass. Andy left the band in 1982 for personal reasons and had a one single deal with ‘I Believe In Love’ on the Vibes and Vibes record label in 1985.

Refusing to compromise and do covers, Andy found it impossible to make a living doing his own material which was now primarily Americana, after discovering through Steve Earle and Lyle Lovett in 1985.

He went on the road as a tour manager, which is where he met Hilly Briggs, who went on to produce Andy’s first solo album in 2004 called Walking In Familiar Footsteps, which featured ex Rolling Stones Guitarist Mick Taylor, Bluesband and Manfreds frontman Paul Jones and Bobby Vee’s sons Jeff and Tommy on drums and bass respectively.

Andy was then living in London and was gigging regularly on his own or with a revolving circle of musicians going under the collective title of Andy Sharrocks & The Smokin’ Jackets. He played over five hundred gigs all over London and the UK. He also did many supports for Mick Taylor, Buddy Whittington, Steve Gibbons, The Strawbs, Curved Air, and supported John Mayall on a UK nationwide tour, and played the Jazz Café in Camden twice with John. He also played The Hells Angels Bulldog Bash three times, The Skegness Rock n Blues Festival, The Herelbeke Blues festival in Belgium and The Colne Blues Festival.

In 2009 he released another album called Dirt with The Smokin’ Jackets, which came out to great critical acclaim.

After a ten-year hiatus, Andy is now releasing a triple album of truly magnificent UK Americana, called Country Rock n Roll n Durty Blues.

Event details:

Wednesday 14th February 2024 – The 100 Club, Century House, 100 Oxford St, London W1D 1LL, United Kingdom (Nearest Tube Station is Oxford Circus)

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