HARRY & CHRIS EMBARK ON THEIR BIGGEST NATIONWIDE TOUR FOLLOWING SUCCESS AT EDINBURGH FRINGE

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 This Flight of the Conchords-esque duo mix their talents as a poet (Harry) and musician (Chris) into a wonderful blend of infectious songs packed with sharp, clever wordplay ★★★★★ Sunday Post

They display more comic flair in the first 20 minutes than most musical comedians manage in an hour Chortle

Following a sell-out, celebrated run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, The Russell Howard Hour (Sky) regulars, World Poetry Slam Champ Harry Baker & Jazz virtuoso Chris Read, tour the UK with the Guardian highlighted Comedy-Rap-Jazz show ‘Harry & Chris Save The World’ from 2nd October to 22nd December.

Last year their family friendly songs prevented an apocalypse and almost saved pandas from extinction. Now that they’re drunk on Comedy-Rap-Jazz power, they’re hoping to live up to these outrageous claims in their latest hour of music, lyrics and belly laughs. But can a musician and poet best-friend-double-act save the world from impending doom? All we know is that their act has been crowned by almighty talk show host Jonathan Ross as “fabulously entertaining” and were selected as one of the ‘Best Shows At The Edinburgh Fringe’ by the Guardian.

World Poetry Slam Champion, performance poet (and maths student) Harry Baker’s poem about prime numbers has been shared on TED.com and has been translated into 21 different languages with a combined viewership of over 3 million along with his other 4 TEDx talks. Harry’s blistering wordplay (★★★★★ Three Weeks) has seen him coined as ‘a champion’ by Ed Sheeran‘a show stealer’ by Scroobius Pip and Scott Mills described a performance on his BBC Radio 1 show as ‘the greatest thing I’ve ever seen’. Harry’s debut anthology, The Sunshine Kid was published with Burning Eye in 2014 and a subsequent show of the same name was voted Best Spoken Word show of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015.

Acclaimed musician Chris Read (’Brilliant’ Evening Standard) is an ‘up-and-coming talent’ (All About Jazz) on the UK jazz scene and performs regularly around the country, as well as overseas at venues including the Lincoln Centre in New York and at many festivals including Montreux Jazz Festival, and the Cheltenham Jazz Festival. 2016 saw him release his debut album If I Knew. Chris also performs regularly as a solo artist and with the Chris Read Quartet, and is working on a new musical for stage and screen.

Having played together in various forms for 10 years, Harry and Chris performed their debut hour at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2016 which they’ve since toured across the UK, earning them a Leicester Comedy Festival Award nomination in 2016. The Hook recently created a music video to their World Cup Song which was released on 7th June, while the pair performed their first joint TedX talk ‘Finding Joy Through Comedy-Rap-Jazz’ in July, and they were made BBC Radio 2’s resident musical act for the Simon Mayo and Jo Whiley Show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August.

What The Press Has Said About Harry & Chris

Their latest fringe offering makes for a pleasantly diverting hour Brian Logan, Guardian

[Harry Baker’s] intricate, quick-fire rhymes have always been on the impressive side of mind-blowing, but in a new and unexpected departure, he’s teamed up with the honey-toned singer and jazz guitarist Chris to create a bewitching new sound The Scotsman

A charming and uplifting hour of good tunes, sharp lyrics, and endearing performers ★★★★ Fest

It’s a thoroughly enjoyable show packed with clever lyrics that’ll… leave you awestruck ★★★★ Sunday Post


The duo combines Harry’s inventive lyricism and punalicious language with Chris’s musical ingenuity to put on a truly capturing and uplifting show ★★★★ Edinburgh Guide

Often ingenious, often beautifully simple, always creative and always hilarious ★★★★★ Just For Culture


Chris Read’s proficiency on guitar provides competent hooks upon which Baker can hang his talents for badinage The Wee Review


Harry Baker and Chris Read are blisteringly talented ★★★★★Fringe Guru


Their work will leave you heart-warmed and encouraged ★★★★ Three Weeks


Baker and Read have confidently established themselves as the apex of jazz-poetry duoships ★★★★ Scots Gay

 

Tour Dates

Date Venue
02-Oct-18 Birmingham, Old Rep
03-Oct-18 Shrewsbury, Henry Tudor House
04-Oct-18 Oxford, The North Wall
05-Oct-18 Leicester , Y Theatre
06-Oct-18 Paignton, Palace Theatre
08-Oct-18 Nottingham, University Student Union
10-Oct-18 Stockton, ARC
11-Oct-18 Leeds, University Student Union
12-Oct-18 Newcastle, The Stand Comedy Club
13-Oct-18 Plymouth, Barbican Theatre
01-Nov-18 Worcester, Worcester Live
02-Nov-18 Canterbury, Gulbenkian
03-Nov-18 Bristol, The Wardrobe Theatre 5pm
03-Nov-18 Bristol, The Wardrobe Theatre 8pm
10-Nov-18 Poole, The Lighthouse
11-Nov-18 Manchester, Frog and Bucket
16-Nov-18 Maidstone, Hazlitt Theatre
20-Nov-18 Edinburgh, The Stand Comedy Club
21-Nov-18 Glasgow, The Stand Comedy Club
22-Nov-18 Hull, City Hall
23-Nov-18 Teesdale, Barnard Castle
26-Nov-18 Cambridge Junction
28-Nov-18 Great Torrington, The George Hotel
30-Nov-18 Great Torrington, The Plough
06-Dec-18 Colchester Arts Centre
07-Dec-18 Maidenhead, Norden Farm Centre for the Arts
12-Dec-18 Thundersley, Congregational Church
13-Dec-18 Stafford Gatehouse Theatre
14-Dec-18 Fareham, Ashcroft Arts Centre
15-Dec-18 Brighton, Brighthelm Centre
22-Dec-18 London, Leicester Square Theatre

 

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