Make a date with a ‘professional idiot’ as Les Barker goes on tour.
Les Barker writes strange poems and comes originally from Manchester, but he’s now he says ‘Welsh’. He was an accountant before he became in his words a ‘professional idiot’. A well known style icon, Les always cuts a dash in the world of fashion where he is much respected as a leading exponent of the cardigan.
On the poetry front and in spite of the poetry police his most famous works include The Shipping Forecast, Jason And The Arguments, Cosmo The Fairly Accurate Knife Thrower, Captain Indecisive, Spot Of The Antarctic, An Infinite Number Of Occasional Tables, Cardi And Bloke, Up The Creek Without A Poodle, Have You Any News Of The Iceberg, The Lemmings Reunion, The Missing Persian’s File and The Lost Elephants Of Denbigh especially Dr Rowan Williams’ version.
Listeners to BBC Radio4 will be familiar with the work of Les Barker through his recent appearances on Wondermentalist Cabaret and Word Of Mouth.
Tour dates for 2015 into 2016 are as follows:
Sat 23. Ffwrn, (St Marys Hall) Main Street, Fishguard, Wales SA65 9HH
Tel: 1348875412 Tickets £8.00 — From 4.00 p.m.
Sat 30. Bamfest, Aiskew Watermill, Aiskew, The Bridge, Bedale, Nth Yorks DL8 1AU
Tel: 07925 817116 See website for tickets & times
Fri 5. Deal Folk Club, Royal Marines Club, 37 The Strand, Walmer, Deal, Kent CT14 7DX
Tel: 01304 360877 Tickets £5.00 — From 8:00 p.m.
Fri 12. Richmond Inn,108 Portswood Rd, Portswood, Southampton, Hampshire SO17 2FW
Tel: 02380 510309 Tickets £7.00 — From 8:00 p.m.
Sat 13. St Neots Folk Festival, Priory Centre, St Neots, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE19 2BH
Tel: 01234 376278 Tickets see website for tickets and times.
Fri 19. Bollington Folk Club Dog and Partridge, Palmerston Street, Bollington, near Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 5JX
Tel: 01625 573255 Tickets £8.00 — Doors 8:00 p.m.
Sat 20. Fferm Bryn Ffynnon, Cefn, Eurgain Lane, Rhosesmor, Mold, Flintshire, Wales CH7 6PG
Tel: 01352 840664 — From 7:30 p.m.
Sat 11. Ely Folk Festival, Ely, Cambridgeshire CB6 2SH
See website for tickets and times
Sun 19. Saddleworth Folk Festival, Uppermill Civic Hall, Lee St, Uppermill, Saddleworth, Oldham, Gtr Manchester OL3 6AE
Tel: 01457 876665. Tickets Wk End £30.00 Tickets see website for tickets and times.
Sat 25. Warwick Folk Festival Warwick School, Myton Road, Warwick, Warwickshire CV34 6PP
Tel: 02476 678738 See website for tickets and times
Sun 9. Wickham Festival Blind Lane, Wickham, Hampshire PO17 5HD
Tel: 023 8071 1818 See website for tickets and times
Fri 14/Sat 15. Saltburn Folk Festival
Tel: 01287 622623 See website for tickets, times and venues
Wed 16. Tapeley Music, Tapeley Park, Westleigh, Bideford, Nth Devon EX39 4NT
Tel: 01237 451933 Tickets & Times TBA
Fri 25. Northwich Folk Club, Harlequin Theatre, Queen St, Northwich, Cheshire CW9 5JN
Tel: 01606 24 68 31 Tickets & Times TBA
Fri 16. Cross Keys, Glyn Road, Selattyn, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY10 7DH
Mon 7. Warwick Folk Club, Warwick Arms Hotel, High Street, Warwick, WCV34 4AT
Tel: 01527 401121 Tickets TBA — From 7:30 p.m.
Mon 14. Herga Folk Club, Pinner Green Social Club, Greenwood Hall, Rickmansworth Rd, Pinner Middx HA5 3TJ
Tel: 07747-768 868 Tickets £8.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Sat 20. Wychwood Folk Club, The Swan, Shipton Rd, Ascott-under-Wychwood, Oxon OX7 6AY