Acclaimed Northern Ireland musician reveals all in new book and show

Tony Wright
Tony Wright.

MUSICIAN Tony Wright takes his new one-man show and book, Chapter and Verse (ChorusVerse) on the road for an evening of music and tales from the frontlines as seen through the eyes of an honest musician on the road, on Thursday 8 November, at The Old Courthouse Antrim.

Tony Wright is 20 years man and boy into a remarkable career as a musician. From being courted by big labels at the age of 15, conquering the DIY scene in his late twenties and a hugely varied solo career including his latest acclaimed musical incarnation VerseChorusVerse. Tony has seen the world and cannot decide whether he is richer or poorer for it.

With the keen eye of a documentary maker, Tony (NI Music Prize 2019 nominee for Best Album) takes us through the highest of highs and the most despairing of lows that make up his “pretty weird life” so far!

Part spoken word, part musical, part sheer theatre, Chapter and Verse (ChorusVerse) is a show full of warmth, human frailty and hilarity.

Wright invites us to join him on his journey soul searching on the highways of the USA, and the unforgettable characters he meets along the way.

In addition, there is the odd misunderstanding with members of Green Day and Metallica, all the while Tony asks himself the ultimate question: “why do any of us do this?”

A thought provoking, funny and startlingly honest show with a killer soundtrack to boot!

Tickets from Box Office T: 028 9442 8331 or online theoldcourthousetheatre.com

“A work of perfect Joy” IRISH TIMES

“…his refusal to conform is undeniably admirable” SUNDAY TIMES

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Tony Wright has been actively working in the arts since he was ten years old.

He co-wrote and starred in his first play at ten, which he performed at his primary school, St Colum’s in Portstewart.

Then at his second school, Dominican College, he won the best actor award at 11 years old from the Beautiful South’s Brianna Corrigan. Sowing the seeds of his ability to capture and entertain an audience.

At the age of 14 he began he fronting his own band, PepperBook, which were courted by BMG whilst he was doing his GCSEs.

In his early twenties, after graduating from Sir Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA), he formed and fronted the critically acclaimed internationally known And So I Watch You From Afar (ASIWYFA) writing some of their most popular and celebrated songs from their first few EPS and two albums in 2009 and 2011.

Further cementing his skills for entertaining and inspiring, he kicked down language barriers due to the instrumental nature of the music and giving the listeners a voice.

During this time he toured the world playing at some of the biggest Music Festivals (Reading/Leeds, Pukkelpop, Lowlands, Positivus, Novarock…) and with some of the world’s most respected rock musicians (Dave Grohl, John Paul Jones, Josh Homme).

The debut album praised by HotPress Magazine as one of the ten Best Irish Albums of all Time – and AU Magazine hailing it as the Best Northern Irish Album of all time.

Following on from his sudden departure from the band in late 2011, his light could not be dimmed and he released an acclaimed eponymous debut album, VerseChorusVerse, produced by the multi Ivor Novello winning Iain Archer in 2014.

In this time, he began working with such globally known talents as Devin Townsend, Anneke van Giersbergen, Bronagh Gallagher and Jesse Malin.

Never one to be constrained by genres or expectations, he followed his debut up with, Say & Do, along with the MOBO nominated Jazz powerhouse David Lyttle – which peaked twice at No.1 on the Amazon Blues Charts and at 19 on the UK Album Charts in late 2015 proving to be his most commercially successful album to date.

Since then Tony has recorded his third solo album and found yet more ways to go above and beyond the norm and confound expectations having written his first book – both due for a release later this year – as well as writing additional material for and co-starring in comedy web series – The Also-Rans – and appearing in his first movie, Trautmann, with a pivotal role.

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