Stowmarket IP14 1ET
“An unholy marriage of radical stand-up poetry and shoutin’ punky hillbilly blues”
Elvis McGonagall and the Resurrectors are delighted to be playing the John Peel Centre to showcase their debut album – “Gie’ It Laldy!” – an unholy marriage of Elvis McGonagall’s radical stand-up poetry and the Dead Plants’ Caledonian punkabilly beat. More fire and fury than Donald Trump could ever tweet with his tiny hands. Get out your ear trumpets and put on your dancing shoes – it’s the talking rock ’n roll revolution.
Stand-up poet, armchair revolutionary, comedian, broadcaster, recumbent rocker and walking shortbread tin, Elvis McGonagall resides at The Graceland Caravan Park somewhere in the middle of nowhere where he scribbles verse whilst drinking Scotch, listening to Johnny Cash and throwing heavy objects at his portable telly.
Elvis is the 2006 World Slam Champion, the compere of the Blue Suede Sporran Club and performs at literary and music festivals, comedy clubs, pubs and dodgy dives up and down the country and abroad. He also performs with the kings of Caledonian skiffle Dead Plants as Elvis McGonagall & The Resurrectors “an unholy marriage of radical stand-up poetry and shoutin’ punky hillbilly blues”. The band’s debut album “Gie It Laldy!” has just been released on Bar-Ox Records.
In 2015 Elvis made the “Hot 100” – The List magazine’s annual run-down of Scotland’s “hottest cultural contributors”. Probably thanks to his tartan jacket.
Deftly witty and subversive but not afraid to be plain daft, Elvis has been spitting his scurrilous diatribes against the powers that be since 2003. And look at the state of the world now. So that’s 15 years of futile ranting.
A collection of his poems from 2003 to 2017 entitled “Viva Loch Lomond!” was published by Burning Eye Books in Spring 2017. Two series of his sitcom “Elvis McGonagall Takes A Look On The Bright Side” have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 where he appears regularly as well as popping up occasionally on the television.
Elvis McGonagall has suffered for his poetry. Now it’s your turn.
“….righteous ire, directed at very deserving targets….McGonagall’s verses are shot through with a moral umbrage and rhetorical power” (Brian Logan, The Guardian)
“Like a mini William Wallace of Words giving the ruling political class the middle satirical finger Elvis puts the Bang into Bang Said the Gun every time he stands on our stage”
(Dan Cockrill & Martin Galton, Bang Said The Gun)
“A deep-fried ball of disillusioned bile stuffed into a tartan jacket and thrust on stage, Elvis McGonagall has us laughing through the tears as the ship sinks. Good hair, too”
“Ebullient, intelligent and deeply amusing socio-political satire. Way too much class to be vengeful yet not nearly enough not to rhyme” (Murray Lachlan Young)
“Pin-pointed satires, dynamic performances and meticulous impressions….electrifying….bitingly funny and politically astute” (Michael Horovitz)
Tickets are £8 in advance, available from the Box Office on 01449 774678 (10am-2pm weekdays) or online through our ticket partner, WeGotTickets (10% booking fee applies). Also available on the door for £11.