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 ★★★★★ Ross Crae, Sunday Post
Due to overwhelming demand, an extra date has been added Rap-Jazz-Comedy duo Harry & Chris’s sell-out, critically-acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. They are set to perform the Guardian highlighted show Harry & Chris Save The World at Summerhall, Plains Plough Roundabout on Sunday 19th August at 11:15pm, tickets can be booked at summerhall.co.uk. This special performance comes before the pair embark on their biggest UK tour to date this autumn.
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 they have 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, while the Hook created a music video for their World Cup Song which was released on 7th June, and the pair performed their first joint TedX talk ‘Finding Joy Through Comedy-Rap-Jazz’ in July.
PRAISE FOR HARRY & CHRIS SAVE THE WORLD
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
A charming and uplifting hour of good tunes, sharp lyrics, and endearing performers
Often ingenious, often beautifully simple, always creative and always hilarious
★★★★★ Just For Culture
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
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
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
Harry & Chris – Harry & Chris Save The World
Venue: Summerhall, Plains Plough Roundabout
Date: 19th August
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