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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Mike Harding Returns to the Folk Circuit

Fifteen years after giving up touring the folk clubs, festivals and concert halls, BBC Radio 2 presenter Mike Harding is going back on the road and will be performing at The Met on Wednesday 23 February at 8pm.

Mike will be taking his own unique mix of folk song and daft stories across the UK. \”I did a couple of local gigs in October for friends and really, really enjoyed them,\” he says, \”The audience did too so I thought; right then – let\’s have a proper doo!\”
\”People often asked me why I no longer toured – the answer was always that it wasn\’t a conscious thing, I just ended up climbing and trekking in the Himalayas and doing other stuff like writing books on church architecture and fly fishing and they sort of took over.\”
\”Well now, I have removed the stake from my heart, binned the garlic and rolled back the tomb lid and am heading for a gig somewhere near you.\”
Despite his lengthy absence from the clubs and concerts, Mike retained one link with his former fans through his weekly Folk, Roots and Acoustic show on BBC Radio 2.
But he didn\’t expect such a tremendous response to the new tour, with most already sold out.
Mike\’s called his new show \”Me, a guitar and some daft stuff\” and promises an evening of songs, stories and monologues. With over forty years of material to draw on, the man once described as the \”grandfather of alternative comedy\” will be re-visiting a repertoire that has had audiences collapse with laughter from South Shields to Sidney, Halifax to Hong Kong.

The show is sold out. For more information call The Met ticket office on 0161 761 2216 or go on line at www.themet.biz
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