Happy return for indie favourites Magoo

Colin WilsonNorfolk-based Peel favourites Magoo make a long-awaited return to Norwich Arts Centre tonight (8pm) to preview material from their sixth full-length studio album, due out early next year.Colin Wilson

Norfolk-based Peel favourites Magoo make a long-awaited return to Norwich Arts Centre tonight (8pm) to preview material from their sixth full-length studio album, due out early next year.

The band have enjoyed a two-year break from performing to concentrate on writing and recording the latest long-player at their newly-expanded studio, the Sickroom, deep in the heart of the Norfolk countryside.

Originally formed in the early Nineties by Owen Turner (multi-instrumentalist, producer) and Andrew Rayner (songwriter, vocalist), the band has always tried to widen the narrow confines of mainstream pop.

There is no doubt that these qualities have afforded the band a dedicated following and also bought them to the attention of a certain Mr John Peel, for whom they recorded a total of seven sessions before his untimely demise. As well as the Peel Sessions, Magoo have recorded sessions for Rob Da Bank on Radio One, Tim Lovejoy on XFM and enjoyed several A-list airplays on radio stations nationwide.


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Currently, Magoo's line up has been modified by the hiatus of Jenny Heagren, their long-time bassist, encouraging Owen to strap on the bass for the live performances and Dave Lake, lead guitarist with former local heroes, Kaito, coming on board.

Support comes from the sensual sounds of the Middle Ones and the more urgent statements of Cruiser Chimps with Elsub's own Artful Roger spinning discs in the cafe bar.

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