|Thursday 16 October 2014 @ 08:00pm : -
The Blue Suede Sporran Club
The Blue Suede Sporran Club swings back into action on Thursday 16th October for another evening of poetry and booze, so there''s only one thing to do and that''s to head to the finest pub in the world for some top quality entertainment. - Entry: £5 on the door - get there early!
Previous Blue Suede Sporran Club Nights hosted by the tartan Elvis McGonagall have featured the likes of: John Hegley, Martin Newell, John Osborne, Annie Freud, Murray Lachlan Young, Chris Redmond, Martin Figura, Luke Wright, AF Harold and Byron Vincent.
Featuring Elvis McGonagall
Elvis McGonagall’s first public performance took place on Saturday, 11th October, 2003 at the UK Allcomers’ Slam in Cheltenham where he somehow finished runner-up. In June 2006 Elvis won the World Slam championship at the Poetry International festival in Rotterdam after previously winning the 2006 Spokefest UK Slam Championship at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East in London, the 2004 UK Allcomers’ Slam championship at the Cheltenham Literary Festival and the 2003 Farrago UK Slam.
Elvis appeared on the first ever edition of BBC Radio 4''s Sony Gold Award winning "Saturday Live" in 2006 and has featured on the programme regularly since then. Other appearances on BBC Radio 4 include "Today", "Arthur Smith''s Balham Bash", "A Good Read", "Material World", "Last Word", "Off The Page", "Recycled Radio", "Pick of the Week" and "The Wondermentalist Cabaret". He has appeared on BBC1''s "The One Show", BBC2''s "The Culture Show" and their coverage of the "World Snooker Championship Final" and on Channel 4''s "Random Acts". Other radio credits include writing and presenting the BBC Radio 4 documentaries "A Doggerel Bard" and "Beacons and Blue Remembered Hills" and regular appearances on BBC Radio Scotland''s "MacAulay and Co" as well as BBC Radio 2''s Breakfast Show and "It''s Grimm Up North", BBC Radio 4 Extra''s "Saturday Stand-Up" and "What''s So Funny", BBC Radio 7''s "Poetry Stand-Up" and BBC World Service''s "Weekend" and "Click".
Elvis performs live at literary and music festivals, comedy clubs and dodgy dives up and down the country and abroad, from The Square and Compass in Worth Matravers to The Glamour Bar in Shanghai, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Glastonbury, Latitude and The Big Chill, Cheltenham Literature Festival, Leicester, Glasgow and Reading Comedy Festivals, Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival, Aldeburgh, Ledbury and Stanza Poetry Festivals as well as The Stand Comedy Club in Edinburgh and Glasgow, The Colony Club Room in London (R.I.P), The Bonnie Prince Charlie Karaoke Klub in Kirkcaldy and Mr Bing’s Cantonese Cocktail Lounge in Cowdenbeath.
Elvis is the compere of the notorious Blue Suede Sporran Club and regularly MC''s events here, there and everywhere.
"A Fringe debut that is everything it should be: funny, angry and tightly written....McGonagall combines anger, polish and carefully crafted verse in a way which recalls John Cooper Clarke" ~ ****The Scotsman review of "One Man And His Doggerel" at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival - Gilded Balloon, August 2009
"......verses shot through with a moral umbrage and rhetorical power....this hour is a bracing throwback to the days when comedy made room for militant eccentrics with a knack for scansion and a bolshie hankering to change the world" ~ ****The Guardian review of "One Man And His Doggerel" at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival - Gilded Balloon, August 2009
“….if poetry is the new rock ‘n roll then Elvis….is Elvis” ~ Steve Larkin, Hammer & Tongue
“….very brilliant….political ….but side-splittingly funny” ~ The Reading Rant
“….comic poetry with a stand-up charge coupled with intelligent leaps of the poetic imagination” ~ Shortfuse
"....a tour de force....punchy, intelligent often hysterical poems....a must see" ~ The Latest
"Elvis McGonagall does not wear specs or a monagall, but he looks good and stands up well on stage" ~ John Hegley
"In London, nowadays, the pulses of high-born women quicken and they fasten their hands on their hearts at the very mention of him, so I hear" ~ Martin Newell
"....a poet of panache and zip and steely politic and unadulterated tartan....a supreme concoction which bubbles over and scalds the status quo" ~ UK Touring
“flamboyant….razor-sharp text….intense energy….reminds me of Adrian Mitchell, John Cooper Clarke and Linton Kwesi Johnson….all the right people” ~ Simon Vinkenoog
The Very Grimm Brothers
Adrian is a Malvern Poetry Slam Champ and John isn’t. But John’s guitar playing is considerably more eloquent than his brother-in-poetry’s axeing of the air.
"Gilbert & George, almost Morecambe & Wise ~ Smoke & Mirrors Cabaret
"middle-class rap ~ William Coleman
"The Very Grimm Brothers Adrian Mealing and John Denton were far from grim with their comic and varied set combining fairytale, anecdotes, comedy, poetry, music and singing. Ranging from political, good cop, bad cop, through peeping toms, music, festivals and moles (I kid you not!) it’s too difficult to pick just one favourite. We laughed and we laughed and we clapped and we clapped. ‘Nuff said! ~ Sarah James
"XXXXXXXXXX ~ Mrs Grimm
Possessed by the spirit of a 17th century Ranter, Jonny began his ‘career’ spitting vicious political verse between bands at punk gigs until cured by a West Country shaman - since when, armed with his trusty banjolele, he has charmed audiences with his unique blend of poems; songlets; surreal banter; off-kilter observation and bitter autobiography.
A seasoned performer at gigs, festivals, schools, DSS offices and, on one occasion, in the bowels of a decommissioned Navy minesweeper, Jonny is equally at home on cabaret, poetry and alternative comedy stages.
Performing regularly throughout the UK, Jonny has won Poetry Slams in Brighton, Bristol, Brixton, Cirencester, Lydney and Ledbury Poetry Festival amongst others (plus 2nd place two years running in the National All-Stars Slam at the Cheltenham Literary Festival)- whilst remaining, of course, fully opposed to competition both in the Arts and life in general.
Jonny has also co-written and co-starred in a number of acclaimed ansd shortlisted spoken word shows in the Brighton Festival Fringe, has had his naïve, outsider art-style paintings exhibited several times, is experimenting with shadow-puppet theatre and super-8 cinema and frequently entertains himself by clowning in city centres without asking for money, which upsets people.
"Acute social obsevation, intricate humour, surreal fantasy, sharp irony and wit... and England''s most pretentious moustache" ~ The Independent
"Jonny Fluffypunk: one of the funniest things I''ve heard for a long time. Fantastic act!" ~ Urban75
"Evocative, nostalgic, moving and funny. Jonny has triumphed where swathes before him have failed" ~ Byron Vincent
"This man truly relishes language. Go see him." ~ Tony Allen (''the godfather of alternative comedy'')
"A comedy colossus" ~ The Source
"Great stuff!" ~ Attilla The Stockbroker