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Days we can catch Simon and Oscar duo’s Ocean Colour Scene hits

Intimate acoustic tour will see Simon and Oscar’s unplugged take on classic tunes

By Nigel Booth
Monday, 11th April 2022, 3:22 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th April 2022, 10:06 am

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Ocean Colour Scene's Simon Fowler (front) and Oscar Harrison ready for their acoustic tour
Ocean Colour Scene's Simon Fowler (front) and Oscar Harrison ready for their acoustic tour

They were one of the most popular groups of the 1990s with such hits as The Riverboat Song and The Day We Caught The Train ... and now two of their number have joined forces for an intimate acoustic tour.

Ocean Colour Scene’s singer Simon Fowler and drummer cum bass player Oscar Harrison have announced an extensive acoustic tour this spring.

Billed as An Evening With Simon and Oscar of Ocean Colour Scene, the 25-date UK tour begins on April 29 and ends on June 2.

Ocean Colour Scene singer Simon Fowler and drummer Oscar Harrison ready for their acoustic tour (photo: Lee Heathfield)

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    Following Ocean Colour Scene’s sell-out UK tour in 2021, Simon and Oscar will play relatively intimate seated venues, creating the perfect stages for acoustic performances of all their big hits and anthems, including The Riverboat Song, The Circle, Travellers Tune, Hundred Mile High City and The Day We Caught The Train.

    Simon describes the acoustic shows as, “A real tonic - a great chance to look the audience in the eye and interact with them on a more personal basis than ever before”.

    At the end of the ’80s when Ocean Colour Scene launched, lead singer and guitarist Simon was quoted as saying he thought the band had staying power, which was just as well because they didn’t know how to do anything except make music.

    “Yes,” he laughs, “that was pretty much true.”

    Ocean Colour Scene singer Simon Fowler and drummer Oscar Harrison (photo: Lee Heathfield)

    Even so could he ever have dreamed that, over three decades later, they’d still be making records, still delighting their hard core of fans, still doing what they do best?

    “I think again yes would be the answer. We came together very quickly and established ourselves as the top band in Birmingham. It meant we identified with being successful early on.

    “We also had the dedication to go and live in slums and bedsits if we went through a rough patch.”

    Certainly, the music business is notoriously fickle.

    “But I didn’t know that then. I was naïve which was probably a good thing. Anyway, you’re not cynical when you start out.’

    Oscar echoes Simon’s words: “We did have our low points like any other band but we just stuck with it.

    “Overall, we kept rising and rising.”

    Full list of tour dates for An Evening With Simon and Oscar of Ocean Colour Scene ...

    April 29 Dundee Fat Sam’s

    April 30 Aberdeen Lemon Tree

    May 1 Glasgow Òran Mór

    May 2 Edinburgh Liquid Rooms

    May 5 Stockton on Tees ARC

    May 6 Newark The Palace

    May 7 Stamford Corn Exchange

    May 8 Sheffield City Hall

    May 10 Whitley Bay Playhouse

    May 11 Buxton Opera House

    May 12 Corby The Core

    May 13 Bridlington Spa

    May 15 Southend Palace Theatre

    May 16 Bury St Edmunds The Apex

    May 17 London Union Chapel

    May 19 Ilkley Kings Hall

    May 20 Lytham St Annes Lowther Pavilion

    May 21 Manchester RNCM

    May 22 Burnley Mechanics

    May 24 Bristol St Georges

    May 26 Bexhill on Sea De La Warr Pavilion

    May 27 Harpenden Public Halls

    May 28 Shrewsbury Theatre Severn

    May 29 Birmingham Town Hall

    June 2 Cardiff The Globe

    Tickets are available directly from venue box offices and Ticketmaster.