An Evening of Song, Story, Burlesque and Britpop

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We’re delighted to bring you a unique evening of song, story, burlesque and Britpop with THE SOHO HOBO, KATY CARR, MATHEW PRIEST and many more…

Recent Word In Your Ear shows, featuring Danny Baker, Chris Difford, Tracey Thorn and Skinny Lister, have been warmly received and acclaimed for their unique blend of music and chat. These build on the tradition of the shows put on by the late, lamented magazine, kept alive by alumni David Hepworth and Alex Gold.

On April 22nd Word In Your Ear will be hosting The Soho Hobo, Mathew Priest, Andy Lewis and Katy Carr at The Lexington in London’s Swinging Islington in what promises to be a good deal more incident-packed than most Monday evenings in the pub. Patrons will reel home, their heads full of songs about London’s square mile of sin, stories of sexual hi-jinks backstage at Britpop and rousing celebrations of Poland’s contribution to modern European History. It’s got something for everyone – not least a fan dancer.




The Soho Hobo Revue, which is based around the songs of Tim Arnold, features guest stars Gary Kemp and actual fan dancer Miss Giddy Heights. Expect a performance bustling with incident, pulsing with glamour and positively pullulating with myth and mayhem. And tunes so strong neither the milkmen nor the strippers can resist whistling them as they wend their way home at dawn. Like this one:




See at least some of celebrated burlesque queen Miss Giddy Heights:





They’ll be supported by Mathew Priest of Dodgy and Andy Lewis of Paul Weller’s band. They’ll be marking the twentieth anniversary of Britpop by talking to DJ and activist Dan Thompson. In conversation, they’ll unpick what happened, how it started and why it’s important in thirty minutes packed full of rock and roll anecdotes.

Mathew Priest is the drummer with Dodgy, and has also played with the Lightning Seeds and the Icicle Works. Andy Lewis maintains parallel careers as a bass player with Paul Weller and a DJ and compiler of records. He was chosen by Blur to play the records on their Parklife tour. Dan Thompson was a DJ at the time of Britpop and has since gained a reputation as one of the foremost activists in the creative industries, organising the cleanup after the riots of 2011 and leading the movement for the imaginative re-use of vacant retail premises.




The evening will be opened by Katy Carr, a London-based performer and songwriter who sings, plays a vintage Wurlitzer, ukulele and banjolele with her group The Aviators. Her music is inspired by themes, stories and characters from 1940s Britain, France and Poland.

Boasting a wide variety of appearances from The Royal Opera House to Glastonbury Festival, together with regular stints on BBC radio, this eccentric and eclectic performer delivers her quirky folk songs with verve and humour.

Expect the gentle tone of a Spitfire Mk I as it soars with balletic grace in the skies above, and perhaps the roaring of a 1936 Mercedes-Benz 500k racing around the Berliner Ring in the midday heat!

Watch Katy in action here: