The duo perform under the name Aly And The Pally's...

McAlmont & Butler made a low-key, secret return to the live arena last night.

The duo performed a short set under the name Aly And The Pally’s at the London 12 Bar Club. The show was attended by between 30 and 40 people, with the duo playing on a night usually reserved for hopeful acoustic songwriters.

One eyewitness told NME.COM: “They played for about 20 minutes, it was a totally secret thing and I don’t even know if their management were there. I think they just wanted to run through some of the songs in a live environment.”

The pair performed three new songs and a cover of Smiths’ ‘Back To The Old House’, as well as their biggest hit to date, ‘Yes’. Their new songs were titled ‘Different Strokes’, ‘Falling’ and ‘Where Are You Now?’.

The show served as a warm-up to their appearance this evening at the London Scala as part of the ‘4 Scott’ charity event (April 18).

As previously revealed on NME.COM, the pair returned to the studio last year, six years after the flamboyant vocalist vowed they wouldn’t work together again.

Originally formed shortly after Bernard Butler left Suede in 1994, they recorded enough music for an album titled ‘The Sound Of McAlmont And Butler’, which was released via Hut and contained the hit singles ‘Yes’ and ‘You Do’. A new album, ‘The Sound Of McAlmont & Butler: Vol.2’, will be released in the late summer.