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'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


Forthcoming Gigs by Fake Thackray

JULY 2015

16th - Topic Folk Club Bradford
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17th - Blackfriars Arts Centre, Boston, Lincs
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19th - Under the Dome Festival, Whitley Bay
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Telephone - 0191 251 6720


8th - Leyburn Arts Centre, N Yorks
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Box Office: 01969 624510
16th (3pm) - Manor Farm, Ardley, Bicester OX27 7NS
Invitation event -
Details - or ring 01869 345689 for an invitation


2nd - Philleigh Folk, Truro
Details - 01326 270 379
3rd - Fylde FC, Blackpool
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3rd - Coronation Hall, Milby, Boroughbridge
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17th - Junction, Goole
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25th - Solihull Arts Centre, West Midlands
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