Southampton catches a big Fish...

Derek W Dick, better known as Fish, takes in The Brook in Southampton on Monday May 21 (023 8055 5366) = the latest date in a long career.

In 2011 Fish racked up 30 years as a singer since joining Marillion in Aylesbury in 1981. His powerful identifiable Scottish presence on and off stage was a major factor in their worldwide success and when he left them in ‘88 to pursue a solo career and return to live in his home country, establishing himself in Haddington, East Lothian, and building his own recording studio where he still lives today, it seemed a perfectly natural move for someone so passionate about his roots.

Prior to the release of his first solo album on EMI “Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors” in 1990 he embarked on an extensive tour of Scotland, his first dates across the country outside the major cities since 1982 when he booked the first ever Marillion Scottish tour before they signed to EMI records for their first album “Script for a Jester’s Tear”.

Last summer saw Fish write and record his most recent studio album “A Feast of Consequences” the release of which coincided with his first countrywide tour of Scotland since that first solo outing in ‘89.

It was a newly energised and dynamic Fish hitting the stages after fully recovering from an operation on his vocal chords in December ‘09 which removed a cyst that had been plaguing him for a long time and had been thought to carry a far darker threat that threatened the end of his career as one of the finest front men and maverick singer songwriters that this country has produced.

He returned to live performances in 2010 with acoustic shows featuring his long term friends and musicians Frank Usher on guitar and Foss Paterson on keyboards playing stripped down acoustic versions of songs from throughout his career in preparation for the writing sessions for his new studio album.

More information can be found on his web site and on his Facebook page Fish (Musician/Band) where you can find his updates and posts from his touring activities.

Following on from the hugely successful “FishHeads Acoustic Tour”, which lasted 18 months, Fish is back with his full electric band, with a run of warm up shows leading up to 3 shows co-headlining with Glen Hughes”

Fish’s music defies trends and fashion; it’s a brave statement in these days of banal musical small talk. His career, spanning over 20 years of the entertainment industry, is notable for his charismatic stage performances and uncompromising lyrics.