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Aylesbury singer brings music back to Montserrat

John Otway has recorded his new album at the historic island's studios

Published by the Mix96 News Team at 3:56pm 26th April 2017. 2-minute read.

Aylesbury singer brings music back to Montserrat

Aylesbury singer-song writer, John Otway, has recorded his latest album on the Caribbean island of Montserrat - 28 years since the Rolling Stones were there, putting together 'Steel Wheels'.

The Island is well renowned for being the location for bands - including Dire Straits, The Police and Status Quo - to record albums in the 1970s and 80s. But two hurricanes and one erupting volcano changed all that. The famous Air Studios fell into disrepair, the capital city became a modern day Pompeii and half the island became uninhabitable due to the spread of ash.

But Otway decided it was the place for him and after raising £45,000 in crowd funding, recorded his first album in ten years there, titled 'Montserrat'.

It's due for release on May 14th, with a tour visiting Aylesbury on 6th May. John says;

"It was a big job .... the band flew in from the UK, the producer from Canada, the amps from Miami and the fans from all over, but it was incredibly well worth it. Given the pressure and the expectations that you put upon yourself it's amazing what you can do. No one wanted to let the side down and no one did. I wanted to make a better album than Steel Wheels - and I did!"

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