Bolton Bullfrog to perform with Oldham Tinkers at Octagon Theatre
12:00am Saturday 19th October 2013 in News
BOLTON musician Bernard Wrigley is doing a special concert with The Oldham Tinkers at The Octagon next month — on what would have been his late father’s birthday.
Bernard, also known as The Bolton Bullfrog, will be performing his folk songs, old and new, in the theatre alongside the Tinkers for the third time.
He first took to the stage in the Octagon in 1968 for one of the theatre’s first productions with his old music partner Dave Brooks.
Since then The Bullfrog has been in various productions and TV shows, such as Phoenix Nights alongside fellow Boltonians Peter Kay, Paddy McGuinness and Dave Spikey, and has released 18 commercial albums.Bernard said: “The November gig would have been my dad Tom’s 130th birthday — if he was still alive.
“He was 65 when I was born, although I didn’t notice that he was an old dad at all. It was completely normal to me.”
Bernard, who is a patron of the Octagon, first trod the famous Bolton boards in the theatre’s infancy.
He said: “I performed at the theatre in the first year it was open. They wanted some local professionals to come and perform.
“Me and my partner, Dave Brooks, did the music to a documentary about Samuel Crompton called Crompton’s Mule, taking traditional songs and making them fit to the performance.”
Bernard, who was present at the Gala event in July to help raise money for the theatre’s recent £500,000 refurbishment, is no stranger to showing his support to the theatre.
He said: “I remember me, Peter (Kay) and various other actors did a couple of money raising concerts when the funding was about to pack in at The Octagon. It was like the gala concert that the theatre held in July for the refurb.
“At one point we ended up sat on the Town Hall steps in protest because we didn’t want the theatre to stop producing its own shows. Thankfully it worked because that theatre is one of the very few true in-the-round theatres in the country.”
Bernard plays alongside the Oldham Tinkers on Saturday, November 9.
Call the box office on 01204 520661 to book tickets.
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