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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


26th - Lichfield Arts Folk Festival, Staffs
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2nd - The Waiting Room, Yarm TS16 0BU
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3rd - The Iron Horse Folk Club, Newton Aycliffe
Details - 07922 324675
20th - Castle Cellar Bar,Cardigan 
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21st - Stowe School, Bucks 
Details 0280 818028
22nd - Llanhennock, Caerleon, S Wales 
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12th - Barnsley Folk Club, S Yorks
Details - 07803 049 856
23rd - HinckleyACT, Leicestershire
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MARCH 2015

27th - Huntingdon Hall, Worcester
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APRIL 2015

11th - Plough Arts Centre, Torrington
Fake Thackray and Richard Digance
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25th April - Nailers FC Concerts, Belper
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MAY 2015

30th - Browfoot Room, Ulpha, Cumbria
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JULY 2015

16th - Topic Folk Club Bradford
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19th - Under the Dome Festival, Whitley Bay
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Telephone - 0191 251 6720


2nd - Philleigh Folk, Truro
Details - 01326 270 379

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