Fearless Francis Dunnery to perform classic solo album for the first time since its release, October 2010

Posted: 21st May 2010

Nearly 25 years ago the excellent prog pop-rock band It Bites scored a huge hit single with "Calling All The Heroes", a track that you thought would unscrew a whole jar of further hits for the Cumbrian quartet - but it wasn't to be. Numerous great singles were unleashed to fashionable indifference from the public and Radio 1 alike, and the band split in 1990 after the usual differences and lack of success. Although the band reformed for a one-off London gig in 2003, they split from Dunnery to continue with the It Bites name (and recruited vocalist John Mitchell as replacement).

In between this fervoured upheaval, Dunnery released a pile of solo albums including the highly-regarded "Fearless" set in 1994 (after a brief stint touring with Robert Plant and appearing on his "Fate Of Nations" album). A single from the "Fearless" album entitled "American Life In The Summertime" was a commercial rock-track that seemed destined for bigger success, but it wasn't to be. Instead Francis played several acoustic shows around the UK and the album sank without trace. Now after sixteen years, he is prepared to play the album live for a special UK tour with a full band.

Dunnery's tour begins in Oswestry on 21st October and continues to Egremont in Cumbria for a charity fundraiser in his home-town on the 23rd, Glasgow (24th), Newcastle (25th), Derby (26th), Manchester (28th), Bristol (29th), Wolverhampton (30th) and finally West London's Bush Hall on the 31st. Tickets have just gone on sale and cost from £20 upwards (for the Oswestry gig, there is the option to attend the gig AND take dinner for £27.50).

The singer has promised a 'few surprises' for each night!

Paul Pledger