Francis Dunnery bringing band to The Flash

For the first time ever, a founding member of the progressive-pop band It Bites will bring his Sensational Francis Dunnery Electric Band to The Kennett Flash.

The Sensational Francis Dunnery Electric Band will play The Kennett Flash on Oct. 27.

The Sensational Francis Dunnery Electric Band will play The Kennett Flash on Oct. 27.

Even though Francis Dunnery stops at The Flash almost yearly as a solo artist, Thursday Oct. 27, will mark the first time the band will join him as it prepares for a Japanese tour. The full band’s performance is one of just three scheduled for the U.S. this year, and it is the only area appearance, according to a Kennett Flash press release.

Well-known to British audiences when he co-wrote and sang It Bites’ top 10 UK single "Calling All the Heroes," Dunnery went solo in 1990 and in the process broke into a much larger U.S. audience. His 1994 album "Fearless" had much success on local radio; in fact, station WXPN will be a welcoming presenter at this performance at The Flash, the release said.

Dunnery has also worked with artists as diverse as Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant (he was Plant's lead guitarist during the Fate of Nations sessions and subsequent tour, and has maintain a friendship and working relationship with Plant to this day), Ian Brown (Stone Roses), Lauryn Hill, Santana and Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe. Dunnery was also strongly considered as a replacement for Phil Collins in Genesis when Collins left the band in 1996, and he played with a reformed The Syn in 2008-2009, the release said.

In 2009, Dunnery formed "The New Progressives" a band made up of talented session and studio musicians for his 2009 release "There's A Whole New World Out There." In 2013, Dunnery put together The Sensational Francis Dunnery Electric Band, which played songs written by Dunnery's late brother and his band Necromandus as well as Dunnery’s solo work. More recently the band has once again re-worked and re-recorded It Bites tunes for the 2016 release “Vampires,” the release said.

In addition to Dunnery on lead vocals and lead guitar, the band includes Brett Kull from echolyn on vocals and guitar, Tony Beard from Roger Daltrey on drums, Jamie Bishop from The Syn on bass, and Mike Cassidy on keyboards. A video of Francis Dunnery and The New Progressives in 2008 in Seattle is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWWDMgid6sc, and Dunnery’s take on Genesis' 1974 track "Back In NYC" from "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRu-YnpCYGM.

Tickets, which cost $30 in advance, $35 the day of the show, are available at www.kennettflash.org. Doors open at 7 p.m. for an 8 p.m. show.

Patrons are welcome to bring their own beer or wine for $4 at the door, and dinner service is available from La Verona. The Kennett Flash is located at 102 Sycamore Alley in Kennett Square. Call 484-732-8295 for more information.

 

 

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