So. Hello then, Roger McGough, famous poet from Liverpool. You are reading at the Troubador on Monday. And so is EJ Thribb. If he's not too shy.
Rounding off the current season of poetry at the esteemed and beloved Troubador Coffee House on 6 April, Roger McGough teams up with Barry Fantoni's Jazz Circus for a frolicksome night of skittish wit and whinnying saxophones.
For McGough (right), who can still regularly pack out a 1,000- seater venue like the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Monday's gig is a rare salute to the heady pleasure of performing to an intimate cluster, crammed in the shadows of a creaking low-slung basement. "It's nice to go back to the places I used to go as a child to see hairy folksingers," McGough reminisces. Jazzman Fantoni accompanied McGough on many of those dubious nights out, back in the Sixties, when the young Mersey poet was still drinking a drink to Lily the Pink as frontman of The Scaffold. Fantoni played sax on McGough's early albums and the pair continue to prop up the bar together most nights at the Chelsea Arts Club. Joining them on stage for this occasion are musicians David Hackbridge-Johnson and Dan Quinton, who play an eclectic collection of 24 instruments, from double bass and mandolin to violin and bongos. …