The former Suede guitarist is to make an appearance in a sitcom written by his close pal Edwyn Collins...
The one-off comedy is called ‘West Heath House’, and is the follow-up to Collins‘ six-part sitcom ‘West Heath Yard’, which was broadcast on Channel 4 in July last year. The original series featured cameo performances from Pulp‘s Jarvis Cocker, Natalie Imbruglia and ex-Creation Records boss Alan McGee.
In ‘West Heath House’, Collins stars as a ’60s music producer who has struck gold with his band Expo 70. In the original series McGee signed Expo 70, and they have risen to fame and fortune since.
The band and the rest of the cast retire to the Northern Highlands of Scotland, and start a rock school for locals called West Heath House. Butler plays Christian Goldman, a character who assists the locals in regaining their folk roots.
A spokesperson for Collins told nme.com: “We’re all out in Scotland at the minute recording this programme. It started off as a private joke and somehow it ended up on the television. It is going to be the most beautiful bad television ever made!”
‘West Heath Yard’ is scheduled to be broadcast on Channel 4 at some point in the summer.
Butler‘s friendship with Collins can be traced back to the early days of his solo career. Collins sang backing vocals on ‘Hotel Splendide’, a track which featured on Butler’s debut solo single ‘Stay’ in 1998.
Butler is also to provide guitar on folk guitarist Bert Jansch‘s new album, and will feature in a new documentary about Jansch to be broadcast in the summer.
Jansch is one of British folk’s most respected artists, and his career has spanned almost 30 years. Renowned as a solo artist in his own right, and for his part in the band Pentangle, Jansch then embarked on a solo career as a singer-songwriter, producing albums throughout the last three decades.
Edwyn Collins has also been working on material, and plans to release a new album before the end of the year.