Whenever there’s talk of a Britpop legend at large in the City of York you can pretty safely assume the man in question is one Rick Witter of Shed Seven. Contrary to form however, fans of boozy, big-gobbed, chord-heavy indie rock can happily hold a different name on their eager lips for a time this year, as it’s just been announced that The Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess is paying York’s The Duchess a visit on 17 October, as part of a tour in support of his debut solo album ‘Oh No I Love You’.
Tim Burgess has been a pretty big noise in pop-rock music over the years – his band The Charlatans has played shows to tens of thousands of people, scored numerous UK top 20 album and single chart hits and succeeded in cultivating a pleasingly nuanced approach to the britpop genre. The show at The Duchess catches the man at a busy time – over the past year he’s released his autobiography ‘Telling Stories’ and written and recorded his solo album in Nashville with help from the likes of Kurt Wagner and members of Lambchop and My Morning Jacket. If you fancy catching a seminal britrock musician on something of an upswing in relatively intimate surroundings, October 17th looks like a pretty safe bet.