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Here's the current gigs schedule as we know it at the moment.

May 2017

5 May - Rug Rhymes @ The Southbank Centre
Well actually just outside the Poetry Library

Friday 5 May 10.30am     FREE!!!

John says: I will be performing some 'Rug Rhymes' outside The Poetry Library at The Southbank Centre for about 30 minutes. It is free and geared to under 5s. I will read Stanley's Stick and 'Librarian poets' and will sing Old MacDonald. A cracker of a gig.

Southbank Centre     Belvedere Road    Lambeth    London    SE1 8XX


13 May - New & Selected Potatoes @ Cheltenham Poetry Festival
Anna Saunders launched the first Cheltenham Poetry Festival in 2010

Saturday 13 May 7.00pm     Tickets £12 / £8

Cheltenham Playhouse    47-53 Bath Road    Cheltenham    Gloucestershire    GL53 7HG

Phone 01242 522852    Web www.cheltplayhouse.org.uk


14 May - Writing, Drawing and Drawing out the Creative @ Cheltenham Poetry Festival
The festival has grown steadily in number of events, audiences, artistic success and prestige

Sunday 14 May 11.00am - 1.00pm      Tickets £15 (£24 if you also go to the Saturday show)

Bring a poem (by someone other than you), and a painting or photo to act as a trigger for new work. There will be mandolin playing as you are mulling and making!

Cheltenham Lawn Hotel    5 Pittville Lawn    Cheltenham     GL52 2BE

Web www.ticketsource.co.uk


16 May - Iced Tea: Chill Pill meets a 21st Century Tea Dance

A special edition of Entelechy's radical version of a tea-dance

Tuesday 16 May 7.00pm     Tickets Pay What You Decide - see event website

There are 2 gigs in this strand, the earlier one is at 1.00pm. John is taking part only in the evening gig.

The Albany    Douglas Way    Deptford    London    SE8 4AG

Phone 020 8692 4446    Web www.thealbany.org.uk


26 May - Charity Gig @ New Cross Learning
All proceeds will help fund this outstanding community-run library

Friday 26 May 7.00pm     Tickets £7 / £4

Expect poetry, comedy, song and possibly mayhem

New Cross Learning     283-285 New Cross Road     London     SE14 6AS

Phone 020 8469 0532     Web www.newxlearning.org

 

June 2017

3 June - John (Gently) Rocks The Roundhouse (Studio) @ Roundhouse Camden
Part of The Last Word festival, where spoken word, theatre and gigs collide

Saturday 3 June 8.00pm     Tickets £12.50 + fees

The potato returns with 16 songs, old and new, and some unpublished spoken verses. Other music-makers join the party alongside amoebae, a phloem poem, the fourth Wiseman, Saint Bridget, the in-love bus drivers and an American in Luton. Devised for adults, but acceptable to some spectacle-wearing 9 year olds.

Sackler Space    Roundhouse    Chalk Farm Road     London    NW1 8EH

Phone 0300 6789 222     Web www.roundhouse.org.uk


9 June - Punk and Poetry @ Club 85
Hitchin's finest festival of world music

Friday 9 June 7.45pm - midnight      Tickets £12 door / £10 in advance

John is joined by The Mighty Collider, The Knockouts and DJ Crazy Fish (John Harper)

Club 85    74 Whinbush Road    Hitchin    Hertfordshire    SG5 1PZ

Phone 01462 434801    Web www.club-85.co.uk


15 June - Peace Love & Potatoes and other gems @ DEDA Derby
A creative centre for Dance, Contemporary Circus and Outdoor Work – connecting locally, nationally and internationally

Thursday 15 June 7.30pm     Tickets £14

Part of the Derby Book Festival

Déda    Chapel Street    Cathedral Quarter    Derby    DE1 3GU

Phone 01332 370 911     Web www.deda.com


21-25 June @ Glastonbury

Glastonbury 2017 is long since sold out, but for those of you who have tickets, John will be there!

 

July 2017

6 July @ Ledbury Poetry Festival
The festival runs from 30 June to 9 July at various venues

Thursday 6 July full details not yet available

Ledbury Poetry Festival  The Master's House  St Katherine's  Bye Street  Ledbury  HR8 1EA

Phone 01531 636232    Web www.poetry-festival.co.uk


15 July - Peace Love & Potatoes @ The Watermark Ivybridge
A bright modern venue owned and run by Ivybridge Town Council

Saturday 15 July 7.00pm      Tickets £15 / £14 / £10

The Watermark    Erme Court    Leonards Road    Ivybridge    PL21 0SZ

Phone 01752 892220       Web www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk

 

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