Saturday, 22nd April 2023. 1pm
Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room,
Promoted by LIVERPOOL ACOUSTIC
Box Office: 0151 709 3789
Book on-line. www.liverpoolphil.com
Thursday, 4th May 2023
Nitten Folk Club,
The Dean Tavern,
80 Main Street,
Charlie Boyle: 0131 538 1085
Venue: 0131 663 2419
Sunday, 7th May 2023
Anthony John Clarke trio
Cromer Folk on the Pier
22nd-29th June 2023
Rhone and Saone Cruise concerts
with Fairport Convention
or call: 01254 476075
Friday, 7th July2023
New Forest Folk Festival
Sat - Sun 8th and 9th July 2023
Fabulous New Venue!
Avoncroft Museum of Buildings
10th- 12th August 2023
13th- 17th August 2023
18th - 20th August 2023
Moira Furnace Festival 2023
Friday, 8th September 2023
Norwich Folk Club,
Christ Church Centre,
contact : Bridget Lely
Thursday, 9th November 2023
with DAVE PEGG
Philharmonic Music Room,
contact: Graham Holland
Monday, 13th November 2023
with DAVE PEGG
Thursday, 30th November 2023
Blue Bell Folk Club,
Patricia Haswell: 07983 784 010
Saturday, 2nd December 2023
Kirkby Stephen Social Club Christmas concert
Penny Millican 01768 372 123
Wednesday, 7th February, 2024
Upper Halton Folk Club
Peggy and AJ tour together each November. This collection of ten songs is a summation of seven years of doing so. AJ has a keen eye for observation, a sharp wit for writing and a knack for turning phrases, evident in titles that make you wonder “what on earth could that be like? viz Routine Love, Irishman In Paris and Let Me Tell You How It Works.This is not a reproduction of their stripped-back, seated live sound – aside from mandolin, Peggy plays electric and bass guitar; La Belle Julia Porter, who co-wrote the songs, adds piano and strings; Adrian Black provides entirely apt clarinet and Mark Walker plays chimes. The songs benefit from these added dimensions. Try the full-on rock sound of Until the Wall Comes Down or Life’s got its own agenda, a song that could only otherwise exist if Jake Thackery had been transplanted to Basin Street! There are songs that make you smile, songs to make you think and songs for which the only reaction is “yes – exactly”. How can you resist a line like “I lost my religion in a poker game”? The songs are all direct and involve you immediately, but the craft in writing, subtlety of narrative and deftness of observation all reward repeated listens. Even after one listen, those skilfully coined phrases will leap into your head – and you’ll thrash around to recall where it’s from…and when you remember, this album ends up in CD player: it’s an endlessly repeating cycle. Earworms that never get earworn.
Kilburn Village Institute 25th March 2019
This erudite and charming man provides entertainment of the highest quality. He is hailed as one of the countries leading singer ....He enthralled the audience for over 2 hours......singing very witty and verbally complex songs, telling stories........ think Victoria Wood on a good day crossed with Mike Harding Eric Clapton and an Irish accent!
TRUDY CLARKE, 5th April 2019
"Loved your show at the Woodman from start to finish- music, songs, stories, tales and jokes all complimenting each other. Kevin and I watched your great DVD 'One more story to be told' today - just hope there's more to follow x"
MJ BALDSPUR JARVIS 6th April 2019
"Ellen Malin and I have seen Anthony John Clarke compere at Cropredy and always thought what a great bloke he seems. I have had interactions with him yet never seen him perform live. At last, tonight we saw him at the Queens Head, Belper -. it was even better than I could have imagined.
A genuine, heartfelt and lovely man. The music was beautiful, and the connection between Anthony and his wife Julia is something to behold."
When Irish Eyes are Smiling. Chris Birchill
(10th October 2019. Ruthin All Styles Music Club)
In fact, every single pair of eyes in the room were smiling, whilst those Irish eyes were twinkling as their owner’s beautifully crafted songs were interspersed with tales of his Irish upbringing and anecdotal yarns about his musical journey through life.
You will go a long way to find a more entertaining and engaging folk singer than Antony John Clarke. He has his own unique style of modern folk songs with words that conjure up pictures of life, painted with humour and a not insignificant touch of the old blarney.
He was accompanied on piano by his lovely wife Julia, who also wore a beautiful smile throughout the evening despite bearing the brunt of many of his jokes. It was Julia’s 63rd birthday and Anthony John made much of the fact that it heralded the beginning of the annual eight-day period when he is technically a year younger than her.
The humour comes effortlessly, both within the songs and in the narrative between them. The whole of his performance is full of fun with lively and uplifting songs such as “The Cockerel Has Done a Runner”, “We Pulled Through”, “I Hate Camping” and “They Don’t Write Them Like That Any More”.
As with his 2017 concert, Anthony John and Julia stayed over in The Feathers’ comfortable accommodation which once again resulted in him overrunning our usual finish time by almost an hour. Not that anybody objected.
and now, about the annual (November/ December)
Mirth & Music TOUR
Featuring Dave Pegg, Fairport Convention, Anthony John Clarke, Irish stand up and song smith supremo.
Two legendary musicians and consummate entertainers unite for an evening of outstanding song and music, with plenty of humour.
Belfast born Anthony John is recognised as one of the top songwriters on the acoustic/ folk scene, 12 albums and 3 singles including the beautiful “Seven in Ireland” and “Irish Eyes”. Anthony John enjoys an enormous following in UK, Europe, Australasia and USA.
Legendary Fairport Convention multi-instrumentalist Dave Pegg joins Anthony John. The friends draw from a wealth of hits and much loved songs for an evening of exquisite, outstanding music and a lot of humour.
Truly astonishing musicians, delivering songs that make your spine tingle. You can feel their friendship, as much funny humour, laughs & and smiles as belting songs
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