Ex-I Am Kloot frontman performing in St Helens

John Bramwell of I Am Kloot
John Bramwell of I Am Kloot

Former I Am Kloot frontman John Bramwell admits memory is not one of his strong points.

He once proclaimed “we’re going up in the world” while marvelling at a venue the band were playing in Holland - only to be told they had played there twice before!

But even he has fond memories of his last solo gig at the Citadel.

And he can’t wait to play an acoustic Evening with John Bramwell at the Waterloo Street venue next Saturday (March 22).

He said: “Tickets are selling really well so far. I played a solo gig at the Citadel six or seven years ago and it’s a lovely venue.

“I’ll be telling quite a few stories and I’m open to fielding a few questions from the audience too.

“I’ve got an hour or so of music that I will definitely play and then will mix it up after that with a few I Am Kloot requests and a couple of interesting cover versions.

“I might throw a Beatles song in there and David Bowie song too.

“Every single solo gig I’ve performed so far has been different.”

Singer songwriter John is best known as frontman for the Manchester-based three-piece alternative rock band I Am Kloot but has also recorded solo material under the pseudonym Johnny Dangerously. He even presented a Saturday morning TV show called Fresh on Granada for a spell.

Now though, he says he’s keen to have a “reflective year” and make the most of playing the venues he really loves to play.

He said: “I sat down with my guitar over Christmas and reminisced about everything I had ever recorded.

“It was more of a memory test than anything!

“I’m really enjoying going out and playing smaller gigs. They’re often the ones that get you - both as a punter and as a performer.

“You can build a proper rapport with the audience.

“I’ll be playing finger-style too - proper guitar - I’m not really a strummer.”

Poignantly, John has also been asked to compose the music for a three-part BBC drama which begins on the day the IRA bomb exploded in Manchester’s northern quarter in 1996.

From There To Here will star Life On Mars actor Philip Glenister and is set to be aired over the course of this summer.

To book your tickets for John’s gig, call the Citadel’s box office on 01744 735436 or go online at: www.citadel.org.uk

To find out more about John Bramwell, go online at: www.johnbramwell.com