|Tuesday 07 July 2015 @ 08:00pm : -
Blue Suede Sporran Club
The Blue Suede Sporran Club swings back into action 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: £6 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, Byron Vincent, The Very Grimm Brothers, Jonny Fluffypunk, Rob Auton, John Osborne and Molly Naylor.
Your host for the evening : 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
photo: Steve Ullathorne
Luke Wright writes bawdy bar room ballads about small town tragedies and Westminster rogues. His fast paced, witty poems are crammed full of yummy mummies, debauched Tory grandees, maudlin commuters and leering tabloid paps. His live shows are enjoyed by thousands of people across the world every year, where he mixes the wistful with the downright comic to take audiences on an incredible emotional journey.
Since 2006 he has written and performed eight one man shows, touring them to top literary and arts festivals from Australia to Scotland via Hong Kong and Bruges. His current show Stay-at-Home Dandy tours March – June 2015.
Luke’s debut collection – Mondeo Man – was published in 2013 by hip London imprint Penned in the Margins. George Szirtes said it was: “Not only verbally substantial, skilful and very funny but also complex in its feeling.” Ian McMillan described it as “an excellent book.”
Alongside his own shows, Luke is John Cooper Clarke’s support act. Luke’s work has proved a great hit with Clarke’s fans, playing in front of up to 2,000 people a night at venues such as The London Palladium and The Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool.
His first book, Who Writes This Crap?, co-written with Joel Stickley, was published by Penguin in 2007. A live show based on the book enjoyed a sell-out run at Edinburgh 2008. Joel and Luke have also written verse for an animated shorted directed by Jon Dunleavy, – Crash! Bang! Wallow!, the story of a suicidal stuntman, won the NFBC short film competition at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.
His poems are often on the radio, generally BBC Radios 3 & 4, sometimes further afield. He is a regular contributor to the Sony Award-winning Saturday Live. He’s sometimes heard reviewing records on 6 Music. All of his commissioned work can be heard on his podcast, which RSSes from his Soundcloud.
Luke hosts and co-programmes all the poetry for The Latitude Poetry Arena, one of the biggest and most popular poetry events in Europe, with over 60 poets performing for 40 hours. He is also co-founder of poetry collective Aisle16. They used to make touring theatre shows, such as 2005''s Time Out Critics’ Choice of the Year Poetry Boyband. These days they still produce a huge amount of new work but it’s all for their scratch night HOMEWORK, which runs six months of the year in Bethnal Green. He is also editor/manager of Nasty Little Press, publishing poets such as Martin Newell, John Osborne, Martin Figura, Salena Godden, Elvis McGonagall and Nic Aubury. He lives in the unfashionable bit of Suffolk with his wife and two sons.
“Performance poetry’s key revivalist.” ~ Metro
“His lexical acrobatics are astounding, often motor-mouthed and breathtakingly honest…Go for the wordsmithery, stay for the painful poignancy.” ~ The List
“One of the funniest and most brilliant poets of his generation.” ~ Johann Hari, The Independent
“If any contemporary collection is going to convince the unbeliever that poetry can be a riot of cheek, giggles, boobs, tears and Facebook – while keeping its artistic integrity firmly intact – Mondeo Man is it.” ~ Huffington Post
“He must be on some kind of dope.” ~ John Cooper Clarke
“Who Writes This Crap owes its superb strike-rate to the fatuity and vacuity of all the verbal junk it so accurately mimics. From fancy snack foods to corporate disclaimers, they leave no brand of modern toxic text unscorned.” ~ The Independent
“Visceral, poignant and riotously funny” ~ The Scotsman
“Cool poems” ~ Patti Smith