11 BBC 6 MUSIC Riley & Coe
14 GRAVESEND LV21 SOLD OUT
14 LATER WITH JOOLS HOLLAND BBC 2
18 FOLKESTONE Holy Trinity Church
19 BIRMINGHAM Rock n Roll Brewhouse SOLD OUT
25 HASTINGS The Pig SOLD OUT
26 BRIGHTON The Prince Albert SOLD OUT
27 LONDON The Lexington SOLD OUT
28 CARDIFF The Moon
29 MORWENSTOW (nr Bude, Cornwall) The Bush Inn SOLD OUT
30 BRISTOL Hen & Chicken
31 POOLE Boheme SOLD OUT
02 MANCHESTER Gullivers SOLD OUT
03 HULL The Wrecking Ball TICKETS
05 BARNOLDSWICK Music & Arts SOLD OUT ten tickets on door
10 WINCHESTER Swiss Cottage (early show) SOLD OUT
10 WINCHESTER Swiss Cottage SOLD OUT
12 COATBRIDGE 50rpm
13 EDINBURGH Voodoo Rooms TICKETS
14 GLASGOW Rum Shack TICKETS
15 NORTH SHIELDS The Engine Room SOLD OUT
16 DURHAM Claypath Delicatessen SOLD OUT
17 LEEDS UK Brudenell TICKETS
18 GLOUCESTER UK Guildhall TICKETS
19 COVENTRY Just Dropped In SOLD OUT
23 STUTTGART Merlin
24 FRANKFURT Dreikoenigskeller
25 MANNHEIM Blau
26 VIENNA Chelsea
27 BERLIN Monarch
28 HAMBURG Hafenklang
08 HOLT, NORFOLK Voewood SOLD OUT
09 HOLT, NORFOLK Voewood TICKETS
10 LONDON semi-secret show...
new album LEISURELAND
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I'm quite old these days. I didn't plan it but time kept marching along and it just sort of happened. I was born in Newhaven in South East England in 1954. It's a long time ago now, though it sometimes seems to me like only the day before yesterday - coal fires, steam trains, wet grey flannel, the BBC Home Service, very few street lights, and everyone tucked up in bed by 10pm.
In the 1970s I made records for Stiff Records. I was quite shy and socially dysfunctional. I was given the name Wreckless Eric to hide behind. I got stuck with it. My real name is Eric Goulden.
You can call me Eric.
I was an art student - four years in British art colleges in Bristol and Hull. I became a momentary pop star, though I thought of myself as an artist, and became a musician by virtue of standing behind a guitar and playing it for years and years. If you do something often enough you'll probably get good at it.
The other option is to stop, but I'm not a quitter.
I also play the bass guitar. I think I'm a good bass player but I can't be sure because people rarely say what they really think. Unless it gets to crisis point and then it all comes out. It hasn't reached crisis point with regard to my bass playing as yet so I think I must be quite good. I play the bass with my wife who is an American musician and songwriter called Amy Rigby.
I play the piano too, but my piano playing is rudimentary to a point that stops just short of embarrassingly bad. I could describe myself as a multi-instrumentalist because I also play the harmonica quite well, but I'm not so sure. Multi-instrumentalist is a fashionable term these days, I think it actually means the person in question owns a bass guitar.
I'm known as a songwriter though I've never really felt that I was born to it. I wrote songs because I was in a band in the early seventies that played covers - everyone played cover versions in those days unless they were either famous or pretentious. I didn't want to be pretentious but I thought the band needed a cohesive identity, and as no one else thought they could write songs I had no choice.
And okay, I was a pretentious fucker too.
The first song I wrote that was any good was called (I'd Go The) Whole Wide World.
I've written a lot of other songs too - I've made truckloads of albums full of my other songs. Most people only know Whole Wide World. I could get upset about this but I don't, because most people do indeed know Whole Wide World so I'm doing very well. It's a hit, a boyhood dream come true, albeit in a world that is far less wonderful than I would have hoped for.
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