Les Barker at Croydon Folk Club
Poet, humorist, and true great English eccentric, Les Barker, has graced UK and global stages for over 45 years.
Initially appearing live, mainly with his dog Mrs Ackroyd, he has gone on to collaborate with musicians including June Tabor and Maartin Alcock.
His solo albums include “The War On Terrier” and “Dark Side Of The Mongrel”.
Les comes originally from Manchester, but he’s now Welsh. He was an accountant before he became a ‘professional idiot’ (his own words). He’s written 77 books, which sell in large numbers at his gigs because people don’t quite believe what they’ve just heard.
His poems have spawned a number of folk heroes: Jason and the Arguments, Cosmo the Fairly Accurate Knife Thrower, Captain Indecisive and Spot of the Antarctic, to name but two.
His serious songs have also featured on albums by Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick.
But it is his side-splitting poems and his elevation of the pun to new heights which guarantees an unforgettable if baffling performance.
"Les Barker blends Edward Lear's nonsense, Stanley Unwin's wordplay, the surreal inconsequentiality of Reeves and Mortimer and the demotic robustness of Stanley Holloway monologues" Martin Hoyle, Financial Times
"Cafwyd ychydig o ddryswch pan ddaeth Les Barker ymlaen ar ei ben ei hun i gystadlu yn y "deialog i ddau", ond daeth pethau’n fwy clir pan ymddangosodd Sooty o’r boced ei got!!" Papur Fama, Yr Wyddgrug
Entrance: £12 or £10 for members.
You can book in advance at "http://wegottickets.com/croydonfolkclub"
or Pay on the door
Doors open at 8.00 Starts at 8.15
For more information:
contact Brian or Jenny on 0792 889 8111
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Cedar Hall at Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon CR0 1BD