Rod set for parish church return

Rod Clements
Rod Clements

ONE of Britain’s most influential folk-rock musicians will treat Wigan fans to intimate acoustic versions of some of his best-known songs when he returns to the parish church.

Rod Clements, a founder member of Lindisfarne, will play stripped-back versions of songs including Meet Me On The Corner when he performs in the Acoustic Roots series of concerts this week.

Rod will be accompanied by bassist and backing vocalist Iain Thomson for the tour through his impressive musical career, which has seen him play with the likes of Jack the Lad, Bert Jansch, Ralph McTell and Pentangle.

The gig on Friday will be Rod’s second appearance in Wigan and promoter David Cartlidge says he is delighted the guitarist and vocalist is returning to the borough.

David said: “What I particularly like about his music is he understands that what you don’t play matters as much as what you do play.

“It’s a chance for people to see one-third of the current Lindisfarne line-up playing a stripped-back, acoustic blues-based version of his music.

“He went down extraordinarily well last time and it was nice to see people appreciated what he did.”

Rod will be supported by local duo The Hewers, who feature Acoustic Roots’ regular sound man Ian Cleverdon in their line-up and play music based on British folk.

The parish church is also about to make its first foray into the world of live recordings as folk musician Robb Johnson has announced he wants to release a double album of his recent solo performance of World War One-themed concept suite Gentle Men.

The album will represent an example of triumph snatched from disaster as the gig very nearly didn’t happen at all due to Robb’s fellow performer Roy Bailey being unable to come to Wigan.

David, who will also write the sleeve notes for the live album, said: “That performance will undoubtedly be one of the most wonderful things I will ever see. It was immensely moving.

“Robb told me he had listened to the recording and wants to release it. I’m incredibly pleased this will be our first Live at Wigan Parish Church album and hopefully it will be out for November.”

Rod Clements and Iain Thomson will play at Wigan Parish Church on Friday, June 26 with doors at 7pm.

Tickets are £12.50, available from Symphony Music on Market Street or by ringing David on 01942 824291.