The London Folk & Roots Festival * Wesley Stace’s Cabinet of Wonders
Entry Requirements: 18+
WESLEY STACE’S CABINET OF WONDERS will make its triumphant return to London at Bush Hall, W12 on the evenings of November 4th & 5th, 2017 “One of the finest nights of entertainment this city has to offer”— The New Yorker "A brilliant evening"— Village Voice “A deeply transcendent experience”— Magnet We are excited to announce the following line-ups, assembled by the novelist and singer-songwriter formerly known as John Wesley Harding, for the London return of his NYC-based Cabinet of Wonders show:
November 4 Jonathan Coe Dave Hill Harry Hill Neil Innes Linda Lewis Gary Louris (The Jayhawks) & TBA
The names in the Cabinet, in which Britain’s greatest writers, comedians, musicians and composers rub alphabetical shoulders with bespoke American imports, need no introduction: Award-winning authors Jonathan Coe, Ian McEwan and Nina Stibbe Beloved comedians Rich Hall, Harry Hill and Dave Hill and a wild variety of great music: from uncategorizable composer Gavin Bryars (playing Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet, with his ensemble) to Rutle and fifth Python Neil Innes; from legendary British soul singer Linda Lewis to Gary Louris of influential American alternative country band, The Jayhawks, flying in especially. Also featuring Pete Aves & The Manuals - the guitarist from The High Llamas provides the house band. And MC/Kabinettmeister Wesley Stace - This Sussex-born "renaissance man" (The New Yorker) bestrides the literary and musical worlds like a slightly camp colossus. His new album, recorded with alt-country legends The Jayhawks was released by Yep Roc in February of this year. “The Cabinet began as a way of bringing together my writer friends who often envy my musician friends with my musician friends who sometimes envy my writer friends and the comedians who generally envy - and are envied by - both of them”, Stace explains. “Basically, it’s only things I love. You can have your own show, and this is mine. Over the years the shows have established a convivial atmosphere all of their own - Harry Hill likened it to the Alternative Cabaret of our youth - and I can't wait to bring that mood back to London.” Since 2009, Wesley Stace’s Cabinet of Wonders has established itself in America as an exciting stage for prominent and emerging voices in the worlds of music, literature and comedy. The November shows represent the most astounding amalgamation of cross-disciplinary star quality gathered under one roof since the first two London Cabinets at Cecil Sharp House in 2015 and 2016.