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ROGER McGOUGH + LiTTLe MACHiNe

Date posted: July 20, 2018

THURS 2 AUG 2.30pm ~ SIDMOUTH FolkWeek, Ham Marquee Info & tickets

Roger McGough’s new show with Walter, Steve & Chris of LiTTLe MACHiNe features a fine selection of vintage, classic & surprising poems set to music. It’s a gala gig that’s making waves! New album The Likes of Us. Sand & shingle, rocks & chips, oh sunny Sidmouth with salty lips…

‘What a night. Roger and Little Machine stormed it’ Bewdley Festival

Aug’18
2 SIDMOUTH Folk Week, Ham Marquee 2.30pm
Sept’18
21 DORCHESTER Corn Exchange
Photo credit: Nick Wright

2017 encompassed more McGough milestones than the average year. The 50th anniversary of that iconic, well-thumbed & top-selling Penguin Modern Poets’ no.10 – The Mersey Sound by Adrian Henri, Roger McGough & Brian Patten. Then the summer of ’67 epic poem of love & lust, Summer With Monika, republished and newly illustrated by the illustrious Chris Riddell. Plus a host of country-wide dates with The Bootleg Beatles and the RLPO in It Was Fifty Years Ago Today which sold out the Royal Albert Hall in hours.

November, Roger’s significant birthday month, saw the publication of 80 – a selection of poems for children (Puffin). The beat goes on. www.rogermcgough.org.uk

Hilarious and surreal, McGough is a poet of many voices. Menace and melancholy there may be, but with plenty of McGough’s characteristic wit and wordplay too. His latest book It Never Rains is a collection of new verses with drawings by the author. President of the Poetry Society, he has been honoured with a CBE for services to literature and the Freedom of the City of Liverpool. Roger presents the long-running Poetry Please. His Molière adaptations travel far & wide with English Touring Theatre. Lily The Pink, the Aintree Iron, Scaffold, GRIMMS, The Mersey Sound with Adrian Henri & Brian Patten – the beat goes on.

‘The patron saint of poetry’ Carol Ann Duffy

‘rueful, unpredictable observation to please the sharpest wits’ The Independent

With LiTTLe MACHiNe
‘It’s my great privilege to be the warm-up act for LiTTLe MACHiNe – the most brilliant music and poetry band I’ve seen in decades’ Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate

Formed in 2009 LiTTLe MACHiNe are the ‘must have’ act at Literary Festivals from York to Dubai. Drawing on three thousand years of poetry – Sappho, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Blake, Byron, Eliot, Larkin and many more – they set classic poems to music and perform them with energy, passion and humour. Music that moves the feet for words that move the soul!

Little Machine are the musicians, composers, and writers Walter Wray, Steve Halliwell & Chris Hardy. They have appeared with Carol Ann Duffy, Roger McGough, Gillian Clarke, Liz Lochhead, John Cooper-Clarke, John Hegley and many others. It’s poetry – but not as you’ve heard or seen it before.