With a resume that reads folk singer, comedian, writer, broadcaster, fell-walker and fly-fisherman; it’s hard to pigeon-hole Mike Harding.
But he’ll be focussing on comedy for a month straight after Easter when he’s off on his 4th tour in two years; starting on April 3 with the first of two nights in one of the country’s smallest venues, the 70-seat Shed at Brawby, near Malton. (already sold out we’re afraid)
That’s followed by a trip to Lancashire with an April 5 date at the 500-seat, newly-refurbished, Oldham Coliseum, after which he heads north to the Alnwick Playhouse before returning to Yorkshire with appearances in Hebden Bridge and Harrogate, (also sold out) then Whitby and Bridlington.
The Sage at Gateshead is next on the agenda followed by appearances in Preston and Runcorn, and then more sold out Yorkshire dates in Ilkley, Selby and Penistone.
The deep south – well the Midlands – is featured in the tour with dates in Peterborough, Mansfield, Solihull and Newcastle-under-Lyme, winding up with a return to Lancaster, followed by a trip to Lincolnshire to visit Gainsborough and, finally, Boston.
Mike’s been described by Billy Connelly as the “funniest man in England” and acclaimed by his peers as the “grandfather of alternative comedy” and his recent tours have proved the point with sell out shows all over the country.
Mike returned to touring two years ago after a 15 year absence from the stage to concentrate on writing and broadcasting. In that time he racked up a total of 40 books and plays published and built up Radio 2’s weekly folk show from an audience of less that 100,000 to almost a million.
But as his fans know to their cost, he was axed by the BBC at Christmas with the excuse that they wanted to play folk music more in tune with the daytime output of Radio 2.
Undeterred, he’s launched the Mike Harding Folk Show on the internet featuring a combination of new releases and classic tracks which have stood the test of time.
“I’ll also be looking out for raw new talent from the folk, roots and acoustic music scene,” he says, “so please leave a posting on the Guest Book page if you come across anything that you think might be good on the show.”
Mike’s new tour also signals a change of direction in that despite selling out 1,000-seat venues such as Blackpool Grand and York Opera House in recent visits he’s now decided to restrict himself mainly to smaller theatres in order to retain the intimacy of his performance.
If you couldn’t get along to any of the shows on the last tour, or if you can’t wait for the next one, you can always enjoy the fun with a copy of Mike’s two-hour DVD “Me, a guitar and some daft stuff”
Filmed at Wakefield in Autumn 2011, the DVD includes some of Mike’s all-time greats, such as Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls, My Brudda Sylveste, Rosy-Cheeked Girls, Quasimodo and the Virgin Mary and The Ballad of Cowheel Lou.
The DVD is now available from Townsend Records. To order your copy, check on the link at the side of this page.
Dates have now been finalised for the latest version of Mike’s ME, A GUITAR AND SOME DAFT STUFF tour.
It’ll start on February 20, 2012, with two shows at the Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond, North Yorkshire, before taking in venues the length and breadth of England – plus a one-night stand in North Wales.
A full list of dates is available in the Tour section
If you didn’t get hold of a copy of Mike’s new live DVD in time for Christmas you could always brighten up the New Year by ordering one now.
Filmed at Wakefield Theatre Royal on November 19, the DVD includes some of Mike’s all-time greats, such as Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls, My Brudda Sylveste, Rosy-Cheeked Girls, Quasimodo and the Virgin Mary, the Ballad of Cowheel Lou and Bombers Moon.
To get your copy, just click BUY NOW and have your credit card ready. The price is £11.99, plus £2.50 postage and packing.
Dates have now been finalised for the next stage of Mike’s ME, A GUITAR AND SOME DAFT STUFF tour. It’ll start on February 20, 2012, with two shows at the Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond, North Yorkshire, before taking in venues the length and breadth of England – plus a one-night stand in North Wales. A full list of dates is available in the Tour section
Good news for all Mike’s legion of fans is that his current tour of ME, A GUITAR AND SOME DAFT STUFF is being filmed for a 90-minute DVD which will be available in time for Christmas.
Filming takes place at the Theatre Royal, Wakefield, on Saturday November 19 and copies will be available in early December.
Included in the performance will be some of Mike’s all-time greats, such as Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls, My Brudda Sylveste, Manuel, Rosy-Cheeked Girls and The Ballad of Cowheel Lou.
To take advantage of this pre-release offer just click here BUY NOW and have your credit card ready. The price is £11.99, plus £2.50 postage and packing and if you order before Monday December 12 we’ll guarantee delivery before Christmas. (UK only)
Me, a guitar and some more daft stuff
An evening of songs, daft stories and monologues from the man once described as ‘The grandfather of alternative comedy.’ After 15 years concentrating on writing and broadcasting, fell walking and fly-fishing, Mike’s back on the road again. A small-scale tour earlier this year went down so well he decided to return to his roots with a vengeance. With a couple of guitars and more than forty years of material to draw on Mike will lead you into his own comic world with stories and songs that have had audiences collapsing with laughter from South Shields to Sidney, Huddersfield to Hong Kong.