An Audience without Jake Thackray!
The show will include many Jake classics (Sister Josephine, On Again On Again, The Bantam Cock etc), anecdotes from Johnís research into Jakeís life for the forthcoming biography as well as some newly discovered Jake Thackray masterpieces from Johnís most recent CD, The Lost Will and Testament of Jake Thackray, . Most of the albumís fifteen songs have never been released in any format before. Many have lain, forgotten, in the BBC archives for decades; some have not been heard for half a century.
Leeds-born Jake Thackray (1938-2002) is increasingly recognised as being one of the greatest English songwriters of the twentieth century, a unique talent, whose songs are full of poetry, wit, irreverence and humanity. He became known to millions through his regular appearances in the 1960s and 1970s on programmes such as Bradenís Week and Thatís Life. During his career he performed over 1000 times on television and radio, performed for the royal family and toured the world. His distinctive appearance, deadpan delivery, talent for storytelling, clever wordplay, occasional, artful use of vulgarity and surreal imagination delighted many viewers and outraged some. Since his death in obscurity there has been growing recognition of his genius and a resurgence of interest in his work. His admirers include Jarvis Cocker, Alex Turner, Don Black, Thea Gilmore, Cerys Matthews, Benjamin Clementine and Neil Gaiman.
John Watterson is the UKís leading performer of Jakeís songs. As Fake Thackray he has toured with Fairport Convention and performed at Latitude, Cropredy and the Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. He has also played for Jakeís family. John has appeared many times on radio, including Radio 4ís Great Lives, a recent Radio 2 documentary on Jake presented by Cerys Matthews and Radio 3ís The Verb hosted by Ian McMillan.