Edward Barton: Live Dates - 2008

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April 2008
5 April: Ed Barton Melt Down, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, England

Ed Barton Melt Down
Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. AfterHours at The Whitworth Art Gallery

An Evening with Billy Childish plus Gramophone DJ on Saturday 16 Feb. After Hours Wearing Clothes with Edward Barton on Saturday 5 April.

The Whitworth Art Gallery launches a new occasional programme of evening events with two performances to coincide with the gallery’s exhibition Blake’s Shadow: William Blake and his Artistic Legacy running until 6 April.

Produced with Manchester artist Mike Chavez-Dawson, the first two events of the AfterHours series feature outsider artists Billy Childish on 16 February and Edward Barton on 5 April.

An Evening with Billy Childish is an intimate solo encounter, where Childish shares biographical anecdotes and observations through his raw poetry and ends with blues played on an electric guitar and sung through a vintage value amp.

Childish is a poet, painter, musician and visionary and is the founding member of the Medway poets and Hangman publishing. As founder member of the Stuckist movement, he has been described as ‘a welcome thorn in the side of the British art establishment’ and is a cult figure in America, Europe and Japan. In his prolific career to date, Childish has painted over 6000 paintings, released over 100 records and published over 60 volumes of poetry. Childish’s array of poetry books will be available on the evening.

After hours Wearing Clothes with Edward Barton features the breadth of the creative output of this cult Manchester artist. The evening features recitals from his Bad Leg poetry book, live and musical enactments including highly controlled live painting. Barton has created a series of specially made publications to accompany the event.

Barton is a cult figure within Manchester’s creative underbelly. His career spans three decades as a filmmaker, artist, curator, performer, songwriter and poet.

His career ranges from a first bizarre appearance on Channel 4’s music programmme.

May 2008
14 May: Shangri-La 10, The Carlton Club, Prestwich, Manchester, England

Shangri-La 10, Prestwich, Manchester Edward Barton doesn't normally play gigs; we feel very special! Ed is a bit of a legend in Manchester, he started out writing poetry but quickly moved into songs as a way of getting girls. Since then he's written tunes which have been sourced by all kinds of artists from Orbital to Kylie Minogue. Ed was wearing an outfit which, it turns out, was an old pair of curtains he took with him on a recent trip to Gambia.

March 2008
28 March: Ed Barton Live On The Verb, BBC Radio 3

Ed Barton live on The Verb
Broadcasting live from the Radio Theatre, with inimitable compere and host Ian McMillan.
More information on The Verb. 28 March 2008

Friday 28 March 2008 21:45-22:30 (Radio 3)

Ian McMillan presents the programme live from the Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House. He is joined on stage by acclaimed Australian poet John Kinsella and by The Verb's own 'eartoonist' - musician and lyricist Peter Blegvad.


45 minutes


The Verb comes live from the Radio Theatre at Broadcasting House.

Ian McMillan will be joined on stage by acclaimed Australian poet John Kinsella who has used Edmund Burke's Enquiry Into The Sublime and Beautiful as the springboard for his new collection. Also joining Ian are Henry Hitchings whose new history of English concentrates on the many hundreds of words that started life in other languages; and Verb regular Peter Blegvad with one of his inimitable Eartoons. Songwriter, artist and now poet Ed Barton will share his work and Barb Jungr has written a new song especially for the show, using some of the borrowed words in Henry's book.

Shades of the Sublime and the Beautiful by John Kinsella is published by Picador.
The Secret Life of Words by Henry Hitchings is published by John Murray.
Barb Jungr's new album Just Like A Woman - Hymn To Nina is out now. She is currently on tour, more details are on her website: https://www.barbjungr.co.uk/
Bad Leg by Ed Barton is published by Comma Press.