Thunderclap Newman

Monday 4th June 2012 - Starts 8pm



In 1969, Pete Townshend of The Who, helped create the band to play songs written by former Who roadie, drummer/singer John ‘Speedy’ Keen. Townshend produced the single ‘Something In The Air’, arranged its strings, played its bass under the pseudonym Bijou Drains, recorded it at his house and hired for it eccentric GPO engineer and jazz pianist Andy ‘Thunderclap’ Newman and 15-year-old Glaswegian guitarist Jimmy McCulloch.

Originally titled “Revolution”, but later renamed because the Beatles released a single of that name, “Something in the Air” (released on Track Records)  captured post-flower power rebellion, marrying McCulloch’s sweeping acoustic and glowing electric guitars, Keen’s powerful drumming and yearning falsetto, and Newman’s felicitous piano solo.The single reached No. 1 knocking The Beatles off in the process and remaining there for three weeks.

A chance conversation between Andy Newman and his manager Ian Grant in 2010, led to rehearsals with a band assembled by Big Country drummer Mark Brzezicki. The rehearsals impressed everyone involved and it was decided it was time to ‘test the water’ with a couple of live performances which took place in February of that year. They were very successful and a live album was recorded at the second show near Bristol. The band are currently working on a new studio album aided once more by Pete Townshend. Mark Brzezicki was a founder member of Big Country. He played drums on all Pete Townshends solo albums and was also a member of Procul Harum for 20 years. His association with the Townshend family is such that he also played in On The Air with Pete’s younger brother Simon Townshend (and Tony Butler who is also a member of Big Country) during the early 80’s and continues that association with Simon’s son Josh Townshend being in the new lineup of Thunderclap Newman.

Thunderclap Newman are Andy ‘Thunderclap’ Newman – Piano, Woodwind and vocals,  Mark Brzezicki – Drums and vocals, Josh Townshend – Guitar and vocals, Nick Johnson – Guitar and vocals, Tony Stubbings – Bass Guitar.

This is a very rare chance to hear this superb band revisit their old magic – advance booking recommended.