I am delighted that my friend Terence is going to perform at my festival! I have loved his music since first meeting him at an open mic session many years ago. Since then we have become good friends and he helped me record one of my songs for youtube (My old man's a drag queen) and I have helped him with creating graphics for some of his shows and one of his CD's.
His songwriting is simply superb: funny, charming, witty and a bit risque!
At one of the sessions we commented that the place was full of "old gits with guitars" and he went away and wrote one of my favourite songs "sad old bastards with guitars"! It has now reached nearly 20,000 views on youtube! Have a look at the clip below!
Terence is a singer-songwriter and author and has performed his songs of modern life at venues and festivals across the country, recently including the Hay Festival, FolkEast, the Aldeburgh Pumphouse and the Crazy Coqs in London.
In 2013, he took his one-man show of songs and stories My Village and Other Aliens to the Edinburgh Fringe. He has released two CDs of his songs Lovely Little Games (2012) and Sometimes Your Face Don't Fit (2016).
Terence wrote and presented Taboo-Be-Do!, a two-part BBC Radio Four documentary on politically incorrect music down the years.
As an author, he has written five novels, and children's books wich have been published in 18 languages. He was a weekly columnist for the Independent from 1998 to 2014.
'Terence weaves a path between Jacques Brel and Dudley Moore... It's all very funny and makes you want to catch the guy live.'
‘Blacker’s songs confirm him as a man for tricksy rhymes and a pleasingly mournful middle-aged scepticism (think Jacques Brel meets Tom Lehrer).’
‘Had the room in stitches…The secret love child of Richard Digance and Victoria Wood, Blacker seems happiest when puncturing pomposity and self-delusion.’