[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
Following their second Edinburgh Festival Fringe show, Leicester Comedy Festival Award nominated duo Harry & Chris will embark on a nationwide tour from 14th September to 30th December with the brand new and aptly-titled Harry & Chris Show 2.
This Autumn also sees Harry & Chris continue their monthly showcase Joyride, featuring themselves, a house band and favorite guests from the world of comedy, music and poetry at Platform in Southwark, which culminates with a Harry & (Chris)tmas special at the Leicester Square Theatre on the 13th December.
Championing unadulterated fun in an increasingly down trodden world, the pair will perform renditions on topics including the delights of time travel, robot wars and the survival of the panda bear in their second hour of tightly-written, fast-paced and tongue-in-cheek lyrics set to be rapped over soulful melodies.
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 20 different languages with a combined viewership of 3 million along with his other 4 TEDx talks. Harry’s blistering wordplay ***** (Three Weeks) has seen him coined as a championed 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 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 writes for stage and screen.
WHAT THE PRESS HAS SAID ABOUT HARRY & CHRIS
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
A charming and uplifting hour of good tunes, sharp lyrics, and endearing performers ★★★★ Fest
Often ingenious, often beautifully simple, always creative and always hilarious ★★★★★ Just For Culture
A combination of catchy hooks and breath-taking verbal ingenuity makes this a winning hour… The quality and quantity of laughs on offer is generous and yet the show is cynicism-free, the tone unapologetically feel-good ★★★★ Broadway Baby
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
For full tour dates please visit harryandchris.com
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