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singer, songwriter, comedian, author, poet, broadcaster and multi-instrumentalist

One Man Show

RECORD ONE
Unlucky Uncle Arthur
Irwell Delta Blues
The Crumpsall Cream Cracker
Corned Beef Kamikaze Cubs Go To Camp
Arnold My Frog
Jimmy Spoons
Beaky Knucklewart
Talkin’ Blackpool Blues
RECORD TWO
Top Of The Pops
King Cotton
The Wedding At 18 Clegg St.
Polka Off/Polka On
My Dad The Weather Man
The Bogey Man
Napoleon’s Retreat From Wigan
Down Our Street


• Digitally remastered and released on CD June 2003 •


MIKE HARDING
ONE MAN SHOW

Recorded during the Mike Harding One Man Show Spring Tour, through January, February, March 1976 at the Free Trade Hall Manchester, Sheffield City Hall, Leeds University, Lancaster University, Bradford University, Crumpsall Cocoa Temperance Rooms, Cleckheaton Explorers Club Annual Dinner and outside the Ethel Pratt Home for Distressed Gentlefolk, Barnsley. Hecklers supplied by Rentapratt Leeds.

A collection of Mike Harding’s Songs and Poems, with illustrations by BILL TIDY, has been published by EMI music Publishing Ltd. The book, entitled NAPOLEON’S RETREAT FROM WIGAN, retails at £1.25

PHOTO CREDITS:
FRONT AND BACK COVER: CRIS HAIG, BARNSLEY
INNER SLEEVE: WHEELTAPPERS AND SHUNTERS NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY. PHOTO: PAT HARDING


Thanks…
to all the people who came to the thirty five nights of the tour and gave me such a good time; to the lad who was sick on the back of my car outside The Taj Mahal in Preston; to the woman who threw her bra at me in Sheffield (the kids sleep in it now); to the lads on the lighting gantry in Bradford who kept me green for nearly three hours; to Pat who worked so hard at setting up the tour; to the music press for not coming; to the people of Birmingham for providing me with hours of material; to Beaky Knucklewart, St Clare’s Scouts and our street for doing the same; to the lady who sat through the entire show in Nottingham thinking I was Slim Whitman; to all the porters at the hall we filled for standing encouragingly by as we humped amps, gear, boxes, etc. up the miles of stairs; to the Tibetan coach party that booked the whole six front rows at the London Victoria Palace thinking it was a cultural evening; to all the sadists who gave us the wrong directions to the halls in every city we gigged; to Pamela Dolman for turning me on when I was nine; to my kids for giving me a reason for carrying on (i.e. poverty); to all the local press and radio people for helping; to all my true friends who believed for years when I wasn’t sure; to all the Indian Restaurants in England for being open after midnight; to the Heathrow Hotel for overcharging us for a broom cupboard with lights; to Skye for keeping me sane; to God and the saints for not letting the world end yet; to Dirty Lill of Rotherham and Sweaty Betty of Barnsley; to Boddington’s brewery; Manchester United; the Pope; Harold Wilson; Noddy and Big Ears; Dan Dare and the Mekon; the Archers; Spike Milligan; Bill Tidy; me Mam and Dad, Uncle Harry, Auntie Julia and the rest; Dave Burland for being himself; Rochdale for helping by being there; Wigan for not being Huddersfield; the man who let my tyres down in Glasgow; to the lady who blew them up again with her mouth; to the Café at Scotch Corner for selling the worst tea in the world; to Carlisle for closing down at dusk; to Dundee and Southampton for never opening and finally to you, whoever you are, that bought, stole, borrowed or cadged this record … it serves you right.


RECORD ONE
SIDE ONE
1 Unlucky Uncle Arthur
2 Irwell Delta Blues
3 The Crumpsall Cream Cracker Corned Beef Kamikaze Cubs Got To Camp
4 Arnold My Frog

SIDE TWO
1 Jimmy Spoons
2 Beaky Knucklewart
3 Talkin’ Blackpool Blues

RECORD TWO
SIDE ONE
1 Top Of The Pops
2 King Cotton
3 The Wedding At 18 Clegg St
4 Polka Off

SIDE TWO
1 Polka On
2 My Dad The Weather Man
3 The Bogey Man
4 Napoleon’s Retreat From Wigan
5. Down Our Street

All titles written and composed by Mike Harding, Published Francis Day and Hunter except King Cotton Published Chappell.
Down Our Street, Trad new words and music Harding Published Francis Day Hunter.

Produced by Mike Harding Recorded live by Leader Sound, engineers Bill Leader, John Gill and anybody else who managed to get out of the pub in time. Sound system by Neil Brewer’s Electric Circus, Blackburn.