New Brighton Jakefest Update

A festival to celebrate the songs of Jake Thackray. Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th October 2014.

The newly mastered DVD of the BBC series 'Jake Thackray and Songs' will be launched at this weekend. It will also be available on Amazon. Details of this to follow.

The event will be based at The Queen’s Royal Hotel (www.thequeensroyalhotel.com) which is situated on the promenade of New Brighton, Wallasey, on the Wirral peninsula, just a 20 minute train ride from central Liverpool and easily accessible from the M53 motorway. We are pleased to announce that John Watterson (a.k.a Fake Thackray, as featured on Matthew Parris’ ‘Great Lives’ on Radio 4, and at Cropredy Festival) will be one of our performers at the Saturday evening concert.

Tickets for this are just £8 and entitle you to attend any of the other concerts, talks or workshops.

All proceeds go to Wirral Autistic Community.



Friday 8.30 pm

This is a free event open to all. The evening with be an all-comers folk club-type session where anyone who performs is welcome to sing JT songs, or the songs of others, perhaps with a humorous bent. There will be an optional fun Jake Thackray quiz at half time.

Saturday 12.30 pm-1.30 pm

Guitar workshop: come along to share or pick up tips on how to play Jake’s songs

Saturday 2.00pm

Afternoon Concert (if you'd like to play please contact Malcolm at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .)

Saturday 3.30pm

Talk by John Watterson (a.k.a. Fake Thackray) about his research for a proposed JT biography: be the first to hear what he has discovered from talking to Jake’s friends and family.

Saturday 4.00pm

Afternoon concert continues

Saturday 6.00pm

Optional carvery meal in the hotel restaurant (£6.50, booking advised, 0151 691 0101)

Saturday 7.30pm

A chance to see some of the new DVD 'Jake Thackray and Songs’

Saturday 7.45pm

Evening concert featuring Fake Thackray and others

Saturday 10.30pm

Finish (approx)


Tickets from www.wegottickets.com/newbrightonjakefest, Phil on 07816 989207 and locally.

Lots of tickets sold so far but always room for more. Further details at www.facebook.com/newbrightonjakefest

October Jakefest in Merseyside

We are pleased to announce a new Jakefest at which the new DVD, 'Jake Thackray and Songs' from the BBC TV series will be launched and available on sale!

It will take place at the Queen's Royal Hotel, New Brighton, Wallasey, Merseyside on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th October 2014.

The weekend will consist of an informal Friday evening of song and laughter followed by a Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening concert, with hopefully a few more treats including a sneaky preview of some of the DVD.

More details will be added to this site soon but in the meantime, for those of you who indulge, please like and share www.facebook.com/newbrightonjakefest

All profits for this very reasonable £8 fee will go to Wirral Autistic Society. Tickets available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/285627

Jake features on BBC Radio 4's 'Great Lives' on 6th May

Jake will be featured on Radio 4's 'Great Lives' programme this week. John Watterson (aka Fake Thackray) features on the show alongside Isy Suttie and presenter Matthew Parris.

The BBC page can be found here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b042jhlm

The listing reads:

'Jake Thackray hated being known as the north country Noel Coward, but at the height of his fame the description stuck. His songs are very British, but his influences were European - Georges Brassens and Jacques Brel.

Nominating Jake Thackray is Isy Suttie, Dobby from Peep Show and star of the A-Z of Mrs P. The presenter is Matthew Parris and the producer Miles Warde.'

John's website can be found at www.fakethackray.com

If you missed the show, it can be downloaded here:


Fantastic DVD news for Jake Thackray fans

We are delighted to announce that we have secured agreement from the BBC, Jake’s Estate and the other artists involved to release on DVD Jake’s brilliant BBC television series ‘Jake Thackray and Songs’, details of which can be found elsewhere on this website.

We hope to have the DVD available early in 2014.

Watch this space for further details...

Jake Thackray: Live at The Unicorn DVD - SOLD OUT!

unicorncover smlThe remaining copies have been shipped and we'd like to announce that we have now completely sold out of the 'Live at Unicorn' DVD. Thanks to everyone who bought one (or more).

As with the 'Live in Germany' CD, Jake's estate received royalties from every sale.

Profits from the release, as always, are used to help fund other related projects that will keep Jake's legacy alive.

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