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Hammer & Tongue Hackney feat. JAM BAXTER and ELVIS MCGONAGALL

GBP 7.00

Date

Feb 06 2018 19:30 - 22:30

Description

Hammer & Tongue Hackney kicks off 2018 with a massive gig starring UK hip-hop legend JAM BAXTER and UK poetry legend ELVIS MCGONAGALL!

With a special guest appearance by AMY MCALLISTER!

Hosted by Sam Berkson, Sam Siva and Richard Purnell.

Sign-up for the open-mic slam on the night. Eight places only - first come, first served.

JAM BAXTER

Best described as a young William Shatner skulking around a London backstreet staring wistfully at pigeons (his own words), Baxter can be found decimating live stages alone or in packs, sculpting releases that ooze unrivaled levels of dexterity, or simply sitting on Highbury Fields in the drizzle. It matters not which one of the above activities he may be doing at any particular time, the fact remains, no-one does it quite like Baxter.

Having set the ball rolling as the primary shareholder in Contact Play’s debut album ‘Champion Fraff’ way back in ’09, and with the release of ‘Rinse Out Friday / Spack Out Monday’, ‘The Gruesome Features’ & the critically acclaimed ‘...so we ate them whole’ LPs under his belt as a solo artist, Baxter has been busying himself as one third of the Dead Players tripod, but most recently trailblazing through the streets of Bangkok recording a new album entitled ‘Mansion 38’ with frequent collaborator Chemo.

Elvis McGonagall

Stand-up poet, armchair revolutionary, comedian and broadcaster, Elvis McGonagall resides at The Graceland Caravan Park somewhere in the middle of nowhere where he scribbles verse whilst drinking Scotch, listening to Johnny Cash and throwing heavy objects at his portable telly.

Two series of his sitcom “Elvis McGonagall Takes A Look On The Bright Side” have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 where he appears regularly as well as popping up occasionally on the television.

Elvis is the 2006 World Slam Champion, the compere of the Blue Suede Sporran Club and performs at literary and music festivals, comedy clubs, pubs and dodgy dives up and down the country and abroad.

Deftly witty and subversive but not afraid to be plain daft, Elvis has been spitting his scurrilous diatribes against the powers that be since 2003. And look at the state of the world now. So that’s 14 years of futile ranting.

A collection of his poems from 2003 to 2017 entitled “Viva Loch Lomond!” was published by Burning Eye Books in Spring 2017.

Elvis McGonagall has suffered for his poetry. Now it’s your turn.

“….righteous ire, directed at very deserving targets….McGonagall’s verses are shot through with a moral umbrage and rhetorical power”

(Brian Logan, The Guardian)

“the poetry of Elvis McGonagall is a world steeped in the darkest humour, peaty whisky and joy and I love it – it is the profound humanity beneath the punchlines that melts my heart”

(Salena Godden)

Organiser

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