Band at centre of transgender row returns to Morecambe

Warble and Strum. Photo by David Hurst.
Warble and Strum. Photo by David Hurst.

A music duo will return to perform in Morecambe weeks after they were at the centre of controversy.

Warble and Strum have been invited to play at Smokey O’Connor’s as part of the pub’s weekly ‘Live Lounge’ gigs this Sunday night (January 10).

The acoustic act, couple Andrea Robinson and Andy Smith from Leyland, said they were “really pleased” to be performing in Morecambe again.

Just before Christmas, Warble and Strum were asked to leave the Chieftain pub in Morecambe after setting up for a gig.

The Chieftain Facebook page later said they’d cancelled the act because “the man was dressed as a woman” and “we are not that type of pub”.

There was outrage on social media and an outpouring of support for Warble and Strum, who had brought a transgender friend with them to the gig.

The Chieftain later apologised, said the statement was “very badly worded” and said “we have no problem with anybody of the transgender community”.

Management cleared the air with the duo, who said they wanted to “draw a line” under the matter.

Andi Robinson said: “We’ve had a lot of offers (to play in Morecambe since the incident) and we’re just waiting to secure dates.

“We’re really pleased that the area is so supportive of live music.”

Warble and Strum’s show at Smokey’s this Sunday starts at 7pm.