An Audience Without Jake Thackray


Image of Jake Thackray with guitar PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE - please keep an eye on the York House Centre website for updates:

The late Jake Thackray is being increasingly acknowledged as one of the greatest English songwriters of the twentieth century, a unique talent, whose songs are full of humour, poetry, wit, irreverence and humanity – with the odd double or even triple-entendre. 

John Watterson is Jake’s biographer and the UK’s leading performer of Jake’s songs. As Fake Thackray he has toured with Fairport Convention, played at many festivals, theatres, clubs and on national radio. John has recently uncovered 15 wonderful songs written by Jake but never released - some have lain forgotten in the BBC archives for decades, others found in Jake’s personal papers have never been heard. 

These songs, along with never-before told stories from the biography research plus several much-loved Jake classics, feature in John’s new show - a hilarious and captivating celebration the life and songs of one of this country’s finest and funniest wordsmiths. 

Highly entertaining whether you are discovering Jake for the first time, or an ardent fan.

In the meantime, here is a clip of John performing a Jake song which John’s wife will not allow him to perform at home!

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