Blow Monkeys back after 18 years

Colin WilsonEighteen years after going their separate ways the Blow Monkeys return with a new album, Devil's Tavern, and a UK tour which comes to Norwich Arts Centre on Saturday night.Colin Wilson

Eighteen years after going their separate ways the Blow Monkeys return with a new album, Devil's Tavern, and a UK tour which comes to Norwich Arts Centre on Saturday night (8pm).

Taking to the road are original members Dr Robert, Neville Henry, Mick Anker and Tony Kiley.

With classic worldwide hits such as Digging Your Scene and It's Doesn't Have to Be This Way, the Blow Monkeys built a reputation as innovators and agitators - from the BBC collaboration with the late Curtis Mayfield on Celebrate (The Day After You) all the way to the UK's first genuine 'garage' soul hit Wait with Kym Maselle, in addition to working with artists as diverse as EEK-A-Mouse and Cheb Khaled.

Devil's Tavern was funded by fans through the official website and the band did the majority of the production themselves, yet enlisted the help of Marius de Vries (Bj�rk, Rufus Wainwright) and Adam Moseley (Beck).

Lead singer Dr Robert says of the tour: 'We are a great live band! I don't mind saying it because it's been a long time.

We have nearly 30 years worth of songs to draw on and we have our sound.

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Support comes from Cambridge-based singer-songwriter Joanna Eden who will be performing songs from her self-penned album My Open Eye.

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