By Rob Jones
The wondrous wordsmith Dr John Cooper Clarke plus his guests are set for Caerphilly Workmen’s Hall on Friday, March 24.
Doors open at 7pm with the show starting at 8pm and tickets are £20.
Britain’s best loved and most important performance poet, John Cooper Clarke is as vital now as he was in the ’70s. However, there is currently more of an aura around his skills and that comes via an extensive back catalogue that through various channels is being explored by a wider audience. From cult hero to national treasure, JCC is at the peak of his prominence and he has done it through determination, grit, charisma and an immense talent.
He has been lauded by fans and other performers and my previous viewings of him on stage have come via support slots with the mighty forces of Siouxsie & the Banshees plus The Fall.
His biting, satirical, political and very funny verse, delivered in a unique rapid-fire performance style, resonated with the punk movement and he toured with all the seminal bands, from The Sex Pistols to The Clash, until he soon began to draw large crowds in his own right. John Cooper Clarke is as relevant and vibrant as ever, and his influence just as visible on pop culture. His influence can also be heard in the satirical and keen social observations of artists such as Plan B and the Arctic Monkeys. As well as his regular TV appearances on the likes of Have I Got News For You, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Would I Lie To You and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, John also host 6 Music shows and his own BBC Radio 4 Show ‘John Cooper Clarke Live at the BBC’.
Caerphilly Workmen’s Hall
20 Castle Street