donCASTer this Friday!!!!!! - Saturday February 22nd 2014
Friday evening we ride in to Donny and bring tickles and jabs to CAST .
Hope to see you there Julius.
Friday evening we ride in to Donny and bring tickles and jabs to CAST .
Hope to see you there Julius.
We hit Brussels on Saturday. Magic city with dodgy cobbles and great baking. Weather was windy but fine and we wandered the centre with a cone of chips each.A sound check at 7pm in a venue that had held the likes of Pink Floyd, Queen, and Art Blakey.
There were 3oo people sitting on rows of blue velvet seats.I gave my self a small punch in the face back stage just to get the blood flowing and then off we roared. They were an attentive , warm and appreciative crowd and we got some lovely feedback at the interval selling 22o euro’s worth of teatowels and c.d’s, plus some twitter and facebook praise.
Boothby Graffoe was great. Relaxed and funny and a gent . David Lemkin the promoter looked after us . It was a belter of a weekend!
Looking forward to another continental show soon.
Saturday we’ll be dusting off the gear and heading for the Grove Inn. New landlord but we ‘re hoping it’ll keep it’s battered homely quality.
It’s £8 in and we’re giddy with excitement.
On February 8th we’re on the Eurostar to Brussels to give them a taste of Wortley .The mind boggles!
Then we’re wending our way to Doncaster on February 28th for a gig at CAST the new arts centre featured in the Guardian recently.
We’ll be onstage at 8pm and will shaking ,jiving and pondering for two 45 minute sets.Hope to see thee.
Thanks to Grant at Loom studios in Birstall for his sterling efforts in making SUPREME sound lovely.
Well done Ben and Jonny for cracking performances and to all the people who bought the album and sang it’s praises.
Vibrations gave it a great review back in Spring and put us at number six in top albums of 2013
LOOK OUT 2014!!!!!
Better late than never I suppose..Marky Mark? Mark E Smith? Mark Manning (nah! he hates Glasto), Mark Knopler.? who knows? http://markontour.wordpress.com/2013/09/01/glastonbury-2013/
aaanthe next one pleeeeeez!!
Soooper dooper review from Vibrations Magazine . http://www.vibrations.org.uk/recorded.php?fn_mode=fullnews&fn_id=489.
Good review in Yorkshire Evening Post this week.. have a butchers . http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/what-s-on/arts-entertainment/music-and-gigs/album-review-supreme-by-mik-artistik-s-ego-trip-1-6126576
Saturday night in Notting Hill was a rare affair. We went on at 9 pm and proceeded to blast the Tabernacle crowd with some gentle little songs ..”Cycling”, “Bali” and “Rex” interspersed with some rougher stuff ; “Wallet ” and “The lights are on”.
I figured there ‘d be enough punk rocking goin on , with John Cooper Clark, Zodiac Mindwarp, and the Alabama 3 following us so chose some quiet ones.
We went down a treat with an appreciative crowd and got a queue of people wanting cd’s and gear at the end.
Gordon from the Ukelele Orchestra came over and asked to buy all our albums. He gave us £80. Giddy with post gig excitement I managed to loose the envelope with half the fee in .
Great to hear “Fucked by Rock” resounding round the room even though the speakers blew.
Looking forward to treading the boards at Korks in Otley on October 12th!
Had a splendid time disturbing the punters, stage organisers and security at the Wilderness Festival. A fairly chaotic affair ,not that well organised but a very interesting and gentle place .The pie shop was a highlight..gravy, chips mushy peas.
Tom Hodgkinson gave a great talk on the benefits of idleness and Murray Lachlan Young delivered some inspired poems.
We did seven gigs (fairly low key for us) and there were some belters.I ended up coercing a security woman to join me for a dance much to the audiences approval.We had some lovely messages ,twitters and made lots of new fans .
I’ve had dealings with Michael Stewart author of “King Crow” already.
He booked me and the lads for a couple of Xmas shows in Bradford ,
and he kindly used my song “Castaway ” for a play he wrote,
that appeared on Radio 4 a couple of years ago.
Here’s what the writer wrote….. http://michaelstewartxxx.wordpress.com/2013/08/14/supreme-by-mik-artistiks-ego-trip-its-a-bit-druggy/
Bin some astounding reviews so far from Glastonbury..
If you were at this year’s Glastonbury and failed to catch one of the sixteen Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip gigs you either spent too much time in your tent or were just incredibly unlucky. Kicking off proceedings in the packed out Rabbit Hole at 12pm on Thursday, charismatic Artistik led his band (made up of “dirty boy” Benson Walker on bass and “lord of chord” Johnny Flockton on guitar) through new songs and old, all delivered with his trademark northern charm and wit. The lyrics about window cleaners, stepping in dog turds and buying cheap watches may be far from glamorous (a recurring joke during performances was that Mik was from L.A. – Leeds Armley) but you could relate to their kitchen–sink realism in such a way that made them some of the most memorable heard all weekend. The intervening interaction between the band and the crowd further cemented the bond between them and gave Mik Artistik the upper-hand over the majority of inanimate “jiggy bands” performing elsewhere.
The little free Guardian Guide given to people as they walked into the festival noted that the Arctic Monkeys would be the first band to initiate a crowd singalong during the weekend but I beg to differ – a crammed tent of people singing ‘Sweet Leaf Of The North’ on a Thursday afternoon surely takes the prize
Here’s a couple more beauties..
To buy a copy of SUPREME (£11.50 inc. U.K.postage ) email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wonderful weekend in Stroud. Heat ,cold , Pizzas from Waitrose and a storming gig. The lads had to head back to Leeds straight after the gig. Trojans! I remained to hang my paper bag portraits on washing lines in the Good shed along with other creative types . Andrew Bailey wandered over to join me at the piano, and we serenaded the crowd with such classics as “Your kids all hate you” and “Happy happy blues”. Sunday I caught a fair bit of Kid Carpet , another interesting man..
Four star review from sell -out Bath show. Five Americans flew in specially to see me n the lads!
” Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip are an unlikely musical comedy trio: guitar, bass, and Mik on vocals. It is Mik who does the comedy, the other two providing the expert musical backing in any number of genres. His songs, if that’s what they are, give a very left field view of life from a mainly South Leeds perspective. Raucous paeans to such things as the romantic comforts of the Oxo cube, or the sentimental value of a £3 watch culminated in an extended passionate song of praise to a leaf caught under a windscreen wiper. It takes a particular kind of chutzpah to pull this sort of thing off, but off it was definitively pulled. You had to be there.”
What a bloody night! We arrived at 8.15 at the Grove and there was a crowd all settled in. Ten minutes before kick-off and people were sittin on the floor ,standing..all the seats taken.I wrote “Full!” on the door for’t first time in my career..a lovely feeling. We tried out the new songs and I managed THE I PAD with aplomb. It was an exuberant atmosphere and after a 55 minute first set ..we had a break and then steam rolled on till 5 to midnight.EEEE IT WER GRAND!!!
Good Friday .. the opening night of BATh COmedy FEst..us again. HURRAY!
There is a breeze that comes off the laptop.
NEW DVD OUT IN HD . “MIK ARTISTIK LIVE(s) IN LEEDS”.
My mate Bob and his two buddies had just done a bank advert and had the use of three HD cameras for ‘t weekend. “Have you got a gig tonight Mik?.. We could film it if you want?”
We were playin the Old Modernians Sports Club in Cookridge, Leeds .
Trophy cabinets and the smell of Lynx and egg mayonaise sandwiches.
It wasn’t CBGB’S but I thought “Hell ..it just might work.”
So here it is. Twenty six songs that will take inches off your waist. So..GET FIT, WATCH IT!!!
Price ££13.50 (includes postage and packaging)
simply email email@example.com to purchase a copy
Tim Dowling Bearded Boss Man. http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/jun/29/tim-dowling-band-wife-ambitions
We had a right laugh on the 12th at Salvo’s as part of the Headingley Lit Fest ..and got fed and watered in grand style.They seemed to like us .. http://headingleylitfest.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/mik-artistik-in-salvos-salumeria.html
Great write up about us, from Fiona Banner in the Observer…https://mail.google.com/mail/?tab=wm#inbox/13576f7769da822b
“The artist-musician-comedian talks about his life in Leeds”
There is a big double page interview with Mik Artistik in The Leeds Guide.
You can also read this on-line on the website. Read the interview now.
Chances are you’ll recognise Beeston boy turned Armley man Mik Artistik. Maybe you’ve seenhim around Yorkshire drawing on brown paper bags or spotted him throwing straws and syllables at a stunned Glastonbury crowd. His paintings have graced many a gallery wall and his celebrity fans include the likes of Faust, Keith Allen and the Kaiser Chiefs. Dublin Filmmaker Jackie Jarvis’s attempt to commit to film the world of this Leeds legend is charming, poignant, and humourous whether you’re an old friend or a first time greeter of the man himself.
Find out more on the Hyde Park Picture House website.
Guest blogger Jude Cosgrove takes a look at the surreal punk, funk, electric comedy phenomenon that is Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip – and speaks to the man himself.
Mik has recently performed on Radio 4′s Bespoken Word from the Cheltenham Literature Festival, if you’re quick you can listen again on BBC iPlayer.
Cripplin’ heavens.. it’s arrived. ‘Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip Not a Calendar’. It’s a mumstunner, a chapwhapper. Packed with highly inflammable material about Anglesey, and Harry Rednapp..
Lasts a life-time, costs twelve quid fifty pence including postage! .. and it’s not a calendar!!
Grab yours for £12.50 by sending Mik an email.
There’s a secret Leeds; oh yes. It’s a Leeds of bygone pubs and underground streets, disappeared signage and long lost shops. There’s also a secret on the Leeds music scene, and it’s a secret that deserves to be spread like a wild rumour around this fair city and beyond.
Mik Artistik is already onto his fourth studio album and although, at 53, he not the springiest of chickens, he’s hatched from an alternative cabaret scene with a mix of punk, poetry and panache that would put many younger, less worldly wise artistes to shame. His stage persona ranges from amiable host to a wild-eyed lunatic, leaping into the audience to humour and scare almost at the same time.
A mysterious and shadowy figure in the smoky boozers of Leeds these last ten years, performance artist, proper artist and prankster Mik Artistik is rarely forgotten once encountered. Time was his main channel of expression was accosting people in the pub and asking of they wanted their portrait painted. He’s expanded his portfolio considerably these days and this, his third full length CD, is chock full of the usual originals full of surrealism, mystery, back handed poignancy and just plain daftness, or familiar melodies given Mik’s own inimitable makeovers. It’s just Mik on vocals with minimal backing from guitar, mandolin, banjo and bass and everything is intoned in a nasal whine studded with flinty, flat northern vowels.
‘Condoleeza Rice’ is the story of how Mik lumbered his baby daughter with the US politicians “truth is stranger etc” name. ‘Life and soul of the party’ gets revenge on those effortlessly garrulous entertainers at parties by giving them a hollow and empty existence away from the social round. On the other hand, ‘Turning into dad’ may be based on twee cartoon theme ‘Walking in the Air’, but the lyric is the harrowing but hilarious tale of Mik watching himself gradually become his detested Dad as he grows older. Weirdest of all is the 36 second ‘Joyce Grenfell’s teeth’ (exploded in my face!) and the belligerent and sinister updating of George Formby’s millstone in ‘Window Cleaner’. Hugely entertaining, the CD bears repeated plays because the songs often have depth beyond their superficial hilarity. John Cooper Clark used to pull off a similar trick.
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