Gaga Ladies and Fran Isherwood will be joined by Diego and the Good Fairy with their original, twisted folk; more musical mayhem in a solo set from Jowe Head, and surreal, clowning comedy from Andrew Bailey. We start with an open mic session so you can be in it too!
Open mic sign-up from 6:30. Show 7 ish..Utterly free entry, but do take advantage of the comprehensively stocked bar.
Diego Brown and the Good Fairy: the original twisted folk
“Diego Brown and the Good Fairy are passionate about being passionate about things. We learned the craft of song at the age of 7 from a second cousin who later went on to change the course of Anglo-Latin American relations. And we never looked back. Part non-fat dried milk, we demand a lot of our audiences and they usually come up trumps. Our best gigs are unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. The same can be said of our worst. We were the talk of the chip van queue at Sidmouth International Folk Festival. And we played to a packed latrine in Austin, Texas. We run the Clerkenwell ARTSlab at The Bestey Trotwood in London, at which we regularly push the envelope all the way out of the box.”
Jowe Head’s long musical career began with Swell Maps in the Seventies and went on to include a ten year stint in Television Personalities (1984 – 94) as their bassist.
Running concurrently with his time as a Television Personality, Jowe was also a member of the Palookas and The Househunters, in addition to releasing material in his own name.
After leaving Television Personalities in mid-1994, Jowe was a member of the band Olive’s Hairy Custard. In recent years he has played and recorded with The Long Decline and Angel Racing Food. His current musical vehicle (2008 -) is Jowe Head & the Demi-Monde.
Andrew Bailey didn”t invent alternative comedy, but he was doing something a lot like it long before other alternative comics came along. A veteran of london”s original Comedy Store, after hours in a Soho strip club, his haunted mimetic humour was far wierder and more wonderful than today”s straight, formulaic stand-up – and a quarter of a century later, he”s still going strong. He”s worked with Ken Campbell and John Hegley, and been in 1980″s TV shows like max Headroom, but his expressionistic clowning is timeless and international, and it”s no surprise to find so many continental credits on his CV.