Anthony John Clarke @ Malmesbury Town Hall on Friday June 22nd 2012
PUBLISHED: 21:26 18 May 2012 | UPDATED: 21:24 20 February 2013
Anthony John Clarke @ Malmesbury Town Hall on Friday June 22nd 2012.<br/><br/>Tickets: £10 and £8 concessions<br/><br/>Doors open 7pm.<br/><br/>Chances are you've met Anthony John at an event on the folk music circuit. He has been involved in music for many years now
Anthony John Clarke @ Malmesbury Town Hall on Friday June 22nd 2012.
Tickets: 10 and 8 concessions
Doors open 7pm.
Chances are you've met Anthony John at an event on the folk music circuit. He has been involved in music for many years now, having recorded twelve CD albums, three CD singles and published two songbooks. He has played in hundreds of clubs and festivals in the UK, Europe, Australasia and the USA, and his songs and career receive good coverage.
Anthony John Clarke was born in Belfast on 18th October 1956. He started songwriting at the age of nine inspired by the sixties but it was only when he left Ireland and came to England that he pursued his passion for writing with any vigour. Lacking belief in his work he languished in the shadow of others for too long but the creator of "Irish Eyes" and the beautiful "Seven In Ireland" was destined to make a mark on the British contemporary music scene. Living in Liverpool and being managed superbly by Sheelagh McGovern for many years afforded Anthony John the opportunity of performing his songs far and wide. Seven tours of the East Coast of the USA ensured him a small but loyal following there which remains loyal to him to this day. Bookings at clubs up and down the UK and recent developments including the vocal collaboration with Elizabeth van de Waal increased his popularity and made him an established folk name.
There are very few places in the UK and Ireland that Anthony John has not played. His supporters are loyal and many, and the tributes he receives from his peers bear witness to the talent and hard work of one of the folk scene's nicest guys. He retains his reputation as one of the top songwriters on the scene and his hard work and dedication to his craft are a credit to him. For him, songwriting is indeed a craft.
"The songwriter has a responsibility. It's not enough to put a tune to some words or some words to a tune. The song is a vehicle for a notion that the writer has about something. If it wasn't, then the song would have no beginning, middle or end. It's not complicated. The notion is what starts the process and the completed song is the fruition. It invites others into the notion, the idea, the feeling, the celebration, the private moment. And if you can provide a laugh or two along the way it gets my vote."
Anthony John speaking on BBC Northern Ireland 2004
"People don't leave the house to be bored to death. You have a responsibility to entertain and avoid being self-indulgent. I avoid being professionally Irish as much as I can. Just because I'm an Irish songwriter doesn't mean I can't love the Kinks and the Small Faces, Wes Montgomery, Coldplay. I like the songs of George Formby. They were my first delight musically and I liked listening to them with my children as they were growing up."
Anthony John speaking on BBC Radio Merseyside 2005
His songs include the legendary: "Broken Years", "Darling", "The Only Life Gloria Knows", "Tuesday Night Is Always Karaoke", "Walking On Sunday", "Irish Eyes", "Between Midnight And Blue" and the sensational "Two People".
His shows are funny, challenging and extremely popular. Anthony John Clarke is one of the music scene's real gentlemen.
Malmesbury Town Hall