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.

A brief guide to the website

A bit more detail on what you can expect to find in each area of the website. Membership is free and registering will automatically add you to the infrequent newsletter mailout. You can registering by clicking the 'Create an account' link in the 'Member Login' box on the right.



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Memories of Jake
This section contains anecdotes and memories of Jake.


The Recordings
This section contains details of recordings made by Jake and includes albums, singles and CDs.
The Lyrics & Guitar Tabs
This is where you will find song lyrics and guitar tabs.
Intros & Anecdotes
This is the section where you will find transcriptions of song introductions and anecdotes.



The list of gigs from Edmund Chattoe's website can now be found here. Please get in touch if you can expand the list.
Details of any TV or radio appearances made by Jake. This includes details of any shows that we know to exist in the BBC archives.


Articles from the Yorkshire Post and Guitar magazine, details of Jake publications and audio clips from an interview can be found here.


This section contains all news items posted on the site since it's inception in 2003. It starts from the the most recent news.



Registered members can now add their photos, link to video clips, post their Jake related events and set up groups to deal with various activities.
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