“For the entire month of May I’m undertaking a 31 date reading tour of England called An English Trip. I’m going with my good pal Kjetil Nernes – the brains & brawn behind Årabrot – who is creating music for me to read over while we do shows in high security prisons, schools, libraries, record shops, bars, churches, village halls, book stores, cinemas, theatres and gig venues.
This ill advised, poorly thought out, risible adventure is, as you have almost certainly realised in quicker time than I did, part of a burgeoning mid-life crisis (triggered by a common or garden case of bi-polar disorder).
However, despite how anxious I’ve become about it now that I’m less mad and I’ve had some time to think it over, I’ve got to say, it’s been quite exciting to plan. I bought a large fold-out road map of the UK from a petrol station to lay out on my living room floor. And as I started placing small star stickers (stolen from one of my son’s Thomas The Tank Engine magazines) over various towns and cities, I tried to pin down where this idea had originated as I marked Salford, Eastbourne, Plymouth, Manchester, Bristol, Stockton-on-Tees, Durham, Sunderland, Sheffield, Taunton, Liverpool, Rochester, Cambridge, Leeds, Bradford, Birmingham, Totnes, Nottingham, Northampton, Worcester, Brighton and other destinations.
Each of the small, colourful circles of paper had been placed over the site of a gig location. Every marker stood for an opportunity I was taking to collaborate with various artists, poets, musicians, writers and filmmakers along the route.”
More, including an extract from Jolly Lad, can be found here
DATES FOR MAY
Fri 1: The Coach House, BRIGHTON – featuring Verity Spott and Kemper Norton £4 on the door.
Sat 2: Star & Garter, MANCHESTER – featuring Ten Mouth Electron & ILL. £5 door/adv. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.
Mon 4: The Vinyl Frontier, EASTBOURNE FREE ENTRY
Tue 5: The Book Hive, NORWICH FREE ENTRY
Wed 6: Pop Recs Ltd. SUNDERLAND – with King Ink FREE ENTRY
Thu 7: Sound It Out Records, STOCKTON ON TEES – with Rick Holland FREE ENTRY
Mon 11: NN Cafe, NORTHAMPTON – with Roger Robinson, Falling From Cloud 9 & Alistair Fruish. £3 on the door.
Tue 12: Broadway Cinema, NOTTINGHAM – with Nik Void & The Quietus At Leisure Films. £5 adv/door.
Wed 13: Drift Records, TOTNES – with The Undertakers ENTRY BY DONATION
Fri 15: The Adelphi, HULL – with Andy Kirkpatrick & The Patron Saints
Sat 16: Black Cat Records, TAUNTON – with Henry Blacker – FREE ENTRY
Sun 17 DAYTIME: Rise Records, BRISTOL FREE ENTRY
Wed 20: The Exchange, LEICESTER – with Lone Taxidermist. £5 adv/door.
Sat 23: The Old Police House, GATESHEAD – featuring Chrononautz
Thu May 28: CSV MEDIA CLUBHOUSE, IPSWICH IP1 2DX, IPSWICH 7pm, £3 Details
Fri 29: Underground, PLYMOUTH – with Sly And The Family Drone, Knifed Out Of Existence, Steve Strong & Richard Thomas. Full line up TBA
Sat 30: South Records, SOUTHEND – with Martin Newell FREE ENTRY