Season seven of Outlander will be hitting screens in June but fans of the historical time-travelling series from Starz are in for a treat after two stars from the drama will be teaming up for an exciting new project.
Andrew Gower, better known as Bonnie Prince Charles, and Lizzie Wemyss actress Caitlin O’Ryan will be taking to the stage next week for a special gig.
Gower, who is also a musician and part of the band Gustaffson, will be performing with the group as part of a special evening of music, poetry and more.
This marks Gustaffson’s first London gig and is being held to raise funds for the Al-Khidmat Foundation in Pakistan, which helps orphans and widows as well as giving students access to education.
The event will be hosted by fellow actor Cel Spellman of Cold Feet and Waterloo Road fame, who is also a BBC radio presenter.
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Gower said: “The whole evening, we’re excited about, it’s not just a gig, it’s also a variety of things we really believe in as artists.”
The evening will see Gustaffson performing music from their debut EP The Jacaranda which came out last year, along with their brand-new single Northern Baby.
Fellow Outlander actress and spoken word artist O’Ryan will also be performing poetry.
“She’s an amazing spoken word artist and from a neighbouring northern town from Oldham, I’m from Liverpool. She’s opening the event and she’ll be performing some spoken word.” Adding: “It’s absolutely incredible.”
Although Gower and O’Ryan never shared the screen together on Outlander, he said about their collaboration: “Similar to [Laoghaire MacKenzie actress] Nell Hudson, they both went to the same drama school as me. So we all went to The Oxford School of Drama.
“I went back to do the season before last as the Bonnie Prince – and it’s really nice that some of the people I met at the premiere last year, I was never on set with them but we all just seemed to be a nice Outlander community, which is fantastic.”
The concert at The Lexington will be taking place on Thursday, April 27 and along with Gustaffson’s music and O’Ryan’s spoken word performance, there will be a selection of other performances.
A short film called F.O.G. will be screened and has been written and directed by Malinda Kaur and features Gower’s Black Mirror co-star Kiran Sonia Sawar and Adeel Akhtar.
Liverpool singer and songwriter Martha Goddard will also be serving up a performance.
Gower also said he’d been speaking with Outlander’s composer Bear McCreary, who had supported the band since its launch.
“Even the likes of Bear McCreary from Outlander is responding to our work, so it’s been a really, really nice surprise for us.”
He added: “Like all the Outlander family, as we say, every time we bring out a single, he reaches out and congratulates us and asks if we need any advice.”
On whether he’d like to do a collaboration with the Outlander composer, Gower said: “If Bear McCreary picks up the phone and asks me to do anything, I’ll be there. We’re trying to get him over to our London gig at some point.”
Reflecting on the future of Gustaffson, Gower said: “We’ve got some plans to be up north in Liverpool and Manchester but this is our first London gig. I’m so excited. It feels about time.”
He went on to say: “We’re ready as a band to show them what we’ve got.”
On Gustaffson making a debut record, Gower said: “This is the thing, we’re ready to make an album but it’s in the works, but as an unsigned band, we’ve got the people ready to collaborate with, we’re just keeping our fingers crossed that somebody out there gives us the means to make it.”