An Audience with Henry Priestman
‘Tall Tales & Short Stories from 40 years in Pop’
(plus the odd droll ditty and ribald rhyme)
Don’t miss out on this one-off opportunity to catch Henry in conversation with writer/broadcaster Paul Skillen, and singing the odd song from his eclectic back catalogue.
(PS audience participation encouraged, including heckling!)
It’s an incredible 41 years since Stiff Records released the classic cult single “Suffice To Say” by Liverpool band Yachts, with Henry Priestman as writer and keyboard player. Since then Henry has worked in so many different capacities within the music biz: founder member of It’s Immaterial and, following that, The Christians (for whom he wrote all the songs on their 1987 triple-platinum debut), a veritable roll-call of sessions for fellow North West luminaries including Lightening Seeds, Johnny Marr, Ian McCulloch, Pete Wylie/Mighty Wah, Ian McNabb, and Echo & The Bunnymen....and he even shared a mic and a #1 single with Paul McCartney!
Then there’s his production/co-writing work (with/for such diverse characters as Graham Gouldman, Mark Owen, Jason Donovan, Desmond Child, Lamont Dozier, Suggs, Cerys Matthews and Aled Jones) to say nothing of his film and TV work (BBC Natural World, ads, and Xbox James Bond game etc).
But it’s in the last 10 years that he’s really managed to find complete artistic satisfaction (and what fun he’s had too), nowadays his work being mainly taken up with writing/recording his own albums (3 in total so far), and touring the UK, with his partner-in-crime Les Glover, mixing ramshackle chaos & tear-jerking poignancy in equal measures.
You could say he’s managed to cram quite a bit into those 41 years!
Read what they’ve said about Henry’s work over the years:
Mark Kermode (BBC 5live Broadcaster), “Those [Yachts] records meant so much to me as a teenager, and although my hair has turned grey and my knees have become weak, my heart still leaps when I hear them.”
UnCut: “…compares favourably to Ray Davies. These are heart-warming self-assured songs from a man confidently declaring that he’s not done yet”
Q:“It’s all bound by Priestman’s songwriterly craft: some things age cannot whither”
Classic Pop: “A lovingly crafted album…his fourth act might be his best”
R2: “Clever crafted songwriting…full of proper tunes & grown-up words…a clever, wily, literate writer”
New Zealand, Sunday Star Times (CD of the Week) : “unique clarity, and honesty…”
New Zealand, The Dominion Post: “Priestman occupies the territory somewhere between Ray Davies’ sardonic take on life and Nick Lowe’s sly humour”...
NME “A set of home-made, ramshackle pop songs...a welcome addition to a varied and charming back catalogue”
The Independent “A one-man musical battle against banking greed”
Janice Long Radio 2 "It really is a fabulous album...gorgeous"
Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2 “it’s absolutely brilliant.....he’s found his voice!”
Terry Wogan, BBC Radio 2 “Don’t you love that!?...fantastic....really good..”