john watterson

'My family and I really appreciate your approach to Dads work and hugely enjoy watching your performances, which, whilst in your own entertaining stage style, are very reminiscent of Jake - particularly in your timing and rhythm.Thanks very much for keeping Dads songs alive.'
Sam Thackray

Wonderful stuff, bringing some of Jake's long-forgotten gems back to life. Brilliantly performed songs, with uncannily precise enunciation, and accurately capturing the unique Thackray guitar style. If Jake was right, and there really is an afterlife, he'll undoubtedly be looking down and giving his gruff approval.
Victor Lewis Smith, Producer 'Jake on the Box' BBC 4

'Long may John continue to keep Jake's memory alive so affectionately and skillfully'
Sir Richard Stilgoe

'We can't have Jake back but this is the next best thing - a real tribute'
Mike Harding

'It is marvellous that Jake Thackray's treasured songs ride again. They are in safe hands'
Ralph McTell


Listen to John's appearance on Radio 4's 'Great Lives'

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In May 2014 Fake Thackray headed to the Radio 4 studios to guest on Matthew Parris' "Great Lives" show. They were joined by the Peep Show's Isy Suttie to recount the life, times and inspriration of Jake Thackray. Listen here.

John Watterson has performed the songs of Jake Thackray at festivals, concerts, clubs, after dinner venues and – most specially – to members of Jake’s family.    

Jake’s songs are exquisitely funny, satirical, incisive, irreverent, witty and gloriously un-PC – and sometimes all of these at the same time. Jake was a one off, his poetry broke the rules yet worked beautifully. He was a true craftsman of the English language, and his legacy of scores of songs continues to delight audiences of all ages today.

John's appreciation and love of Jake Thackray's music is obvious to his audience. John’s performance is a celebration of the man that was Jake Thackray -  his work, his genius and his very essence, an essence that the new age of music lovers are in danger of missing out on.  

John is a talented guitarist and vocalist and has that engaging quality that makes you want to listen to his performance. When you wrap these ingredients up in the songs of Jake Thackray the result is a highly entertaining, heartfelt tribute to one of the finest songwriters of the 20th century.



Fake Thackray at Cropredy Festival 2013

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Forthcoming Gigs by Fake Thackray

APRIL 2016

9th - Kingshill House Arts Centre, Dursley, Glocs
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15th - Subscription Rooms, Stroud
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21st - Stortfolk, Bishops Stortford
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22nd - Oxhill Village Hall, Warwickshire
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MAY 2016

13th - The Space, Keynsham, Nr Bristol
Details - 0117 9868683
16th - Iron Horse Folk Club, Newton Aycliffe
Tickets - 01325 315679

JULY 2016

5th - Great Knight Folk Club, Northampton
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11th - Croydon Folk Club
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13th - Faversham Folk Club, Kent
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14th - Folk at the Drum, Nr Hythe, Kent
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28th - Parkgate Folk Club, Parkgate, Nr Chester
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22nd - Stourbridge Folk Club, West Midlands
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30th - Farncombe Music Club, Godalming, Surrey GU7 3EJ
Details - 01483 421520
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4th - Great British Folk Festival, Skegness Details -

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