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Lyrics in Libraries 2006
18 April - 5 May

Event details:


Tues 18th April

Lorraine Bowen & Phil Jeays

Lorraine Bowen
Quirky cabaret on a Casio keyboard - Lorraine has performed at the Vancouver Comedy Festival, Milan International Lounge Music Festival, & Edinburgh Festival. Wearing glamorous dresses reminiscent of 60s London fashion, she takes us into her world of colourful kitsch yet keeps us down to earth with a sense of mundane domesticity. Where easy listening meets suburban exotica!
Lorraine Bowen Website

Phil Jeays
England's answer to Jacques Brel - superb performer in the chanson tradition -  A powerful singer-songwriter with a remarkable grasp of storytelling, an ability to evoke a gallery of memorable characters in exquisitely wrought verse, and a very dark sense of humour.
Phil Jeays Website

Project Adorno
Beat-Pop-Poetry & Pseudo Chanson
Kraftwerk meets the Krankies via Kylie & Cohen
Project Adorno Website

Room @ The Top
Clapham library


Thurs 20th April

Jim Bob & Rhodri Marsden

Jim Bob

Jim Bob was one half of the critically acclaimed indie-pop duo Carter USM, who reached their zenith in the early 1990s. They were arguably a vital part of the popular culture scene rousing “the kids” into a righteous fury against the then Tory Government with a series of devastatingly catchy and socially aware pop anthems. For Lyrics in Libraries Jim Bob will be promoting his recent autobiography “Goodnight Jim Bob” as well as playing an acoustic music set. Jim Bob Website

Rhodri Marsden

Rhodri Marsden is vocalist and chief songwriter of the arch pop band The Free French. Drawing from the work of pop bastions such as Bacharach and Brian Wilson, the Free French combine wholesome melodies and contagious West Coast leanings with literate pop sensibilities. 
Free French Website


Wimbledon library


Mon 24th April


Martin Carthy

Rahi & Syal


Martin Carthy


A legend in his own lifetime, one of the most important English folk artists of his generation, and still playing folk clubs all over the world. Since the mid sixties Martin Carthy has been recognised as a virtuoso folk guitarist with a cleanly articulated vocal style. Carthy has the ability to take a traditional song, adapt it, often with either a new tune or additional words, and say something contemporary and relevant whilst retaining the work's traditional roots.


Rahi & Syal

Renowned poetry and singing duo, Rahi & Syal fuse south Indian folk song and traditional Hindu poetry. Their style is unique with songs performed in both Hindi and English. Backed by live harmonium and tabla they produce songs of rousing beauty interspersed with eloquent poetry.


Brixton Central library


Tuess 25th April

Max Splodge 
(of Splodgenessabounds)

Support from Pog 

Max Splodge

Renowned for the “lyrical masterpiece” "Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Please" and the Rolf Harris cover "Two Little Boys", Splodge brings a unique mixture of punk and humour to the stage. As a band Splodgenessabounds became a national name, with appearances on Top of the Pops, complete with a nine piece band, a dog called "Two Pint's Pearson", and a UK top ten hit!


Support from Pog - Pithy tales of social angst on an acoustic guitar.

Donald Hope library


Thurs 27th April

Merton Poetry Slam!
A performance poetry event open to all. 
£30 prize for the winner!

Slam Rules & Info


Raynes Park library


Thurs 4th May

J.G. Thirlwell 
(aka Foetus)
Steve Beresford, Project Adorno & more...

A night of experimental sound and lyrics between the bookshelves.

No sshhing here!

Featuring NYC composer/producer JG Thirlwell 
(Foetus,Steroid Maximus,Manorexia,Baby Zizanie)
 reading texts to instrumental backing, toy-piano supremo Steve Beresford, and electro-beat poetry from Project Adorno mixing and matching the smell of old books with the thrill of 1980s computer games....
& many more surprise guests

A night like no other ever witnessed in a library!   

The line up:

JG Thirlwell
NYC composer/producer

Steve Beresford
Multi-instrumentalist - piano, trumpet, euphonium, voice, low-grade electronics, bass guitar, small intruments, composer arranger

Project Adorno
Beat-pop poetry featuring spoken word fused to early 80s inspired pop/electro sound

People Like Us
Work includes sound and image collages containing an equally witty and dark view of popular culture with a surrealistic edge, both pre-recorded and in a live setting.

David Toop
Musician, writer and curator of sound

Danielle Dax & Dave Knight
80s indie-superstar Dax made swirling, giddy, multilayered pop songs. More recently doing spoken word among other projects. For the Lyrics In Libraries Dax will perform with Dave Knight - spoken word to sound loop/drone backing.

Steve Lake
Driving force behind anarcho-punk legends Zounds. Recent projects include exotic-electronica of Neurostar, tortured English urban-country sounds of The Relatives and junkyard jazz of IKE. Most recent incarnation as Spook Brothers providing "family entertainment for dysfunctional families".


Skull Defekts featuring Mike Harding of Touch

Brixton Central Library

Photo by Anne Katrine Senstad

















Fri 5th May


Winston Nzinga
Caribbean storyteller & performer


Event for children


Pollards Hill library

Image courtesy of Music For Change


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