Five minutes with… Woody Woodmansey

Published: Monday 4th December 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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Supergroup Holy Holy return to Hull to celebrate some of David Bowie’s best moments.

The band, which is made up of some of the biggest fans of Bowie alongside those who once performed alongside the acclaimed musician, perform at Hull City Hall this evening.

We caught up with Woody Woodmansey to find out more about the evening and how the group is keeping Bowie’s memory alive.

Firstly, what can audiences expect from your show?

A religious experience – ha! Holy Holy is a band of musicians who were either fans of Bowie’s music, or contributing members to many of his albums.

The current set list is the whole of the album “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars”, plus some selected songs from other records.

We have paid particular attention to capturing the spirit of all of the songs, which is how we always approached the shows with Bowie. I think we all feel that it is important to keep his legacy and his music alive.

So how did the idea for this show come about?

Holy Holy started around four years ago after I did an interview in front of over two hundred people at the Institute of Contemporary Art. They asked if we would appear at the Latitude Festival under their banner. After the success of that gig, there were so many requests for us to play worldwide. And obviously, even more so after David’s passing in January 2016.

The current show was designed for the Hull UK City of Culture year. With Mick Ronson, Trevor Bolder and I being from Hull originally, they thought that this Ziggy album best represented the Spiders and our contribution to Bowie’s career. For me, it is an honour to be able to contribute to the city of Hull.

Has performing on a live stage changed much since your days with Bowie?

Having toured extensively from the 70s all the way through to 2017, I haven’t personally noticed a lot of difference. The only things that have changed are technical developments, such as sound systems and in-ear monitoring systems that some artists use.

If you could relive your Spider from Mars days, would you?

No. But it was a very exciting period for all of us that was right for that time.

Lastly, why should people come along to see Holy Holy?

If you are a fan of David’s music then you are in for a great night. Nobody does it better than us!

You can catch Holy Holy at Hull City Hall tonight at 7pm. For more information and to purchase tickets please, visit the Hull Theatres website.

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Published: Monday 4th December 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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