Line Up

Final announcements for 2015

Click on the photos below to see the full line-up – complete with timing and venue details – here are a few possible highlights

Edwyn Collins and Grace Maxwell

There will be a showing of the Edwyn Collins film, ‘The Possibilities Are Endless’, detailing the Scottish singer and songwriter’s personal and creative recovery from a major stroke. It will be followed by a Q&A with Edwyn and his wife Grace Maxwell.

Topper Headon meets Terry Williams

The drummer from the Clash talks to the drummer from Welsh psych legends Man (oh, and Dire Straits).

Eddie Butler

Welsh rugby legend turned commentator has just brought out his first novel, The Head Of Gonzo Davies.

Malcolm Pryce

The author of  the surrealist detective classics Aberystwyth Mon Amour et al launches a new series set on the railways of post-war Britain.

Thurston Moore

Sonic Youth mainman brings the noise to Laugharne: thurstonmoore.com

John Hegley

The poet and comedian performs work from Peace, Love & Potatoes et al: www.johnhegley.co.uk

Natalie Haynes

The comedian turned broadcaster turned novelist: www.nataliehaynes.com

Martin Rowson

The only Guardian cartoonist whose work can be found decorating the windows of Laugharne: twitter.com/martinrowson

Jenny Colgan

‘A Colgan novel is like listening to your best pal spilling the latest gossip : entertaining, dramatic and frequently hilarious’: www.jennycolgan.com

Francesca Martinez

Wobbly comedian returns to Laugharne after  terrific performance at last year’s Radio & Comedy Weekend: www.francescamartinez.com

Meic Stevens

Welsh folk legend. Now in better voice than ever

Sandy Denny Remembered

Mick Houghton talks to an all-star panel about his much acclaimed new biography of Sandy Denny, then Carmarthenshire’s very own Julie Murphy sings some of her songs

Mark Olson

The americana great, and former Jayhawks frontman, returns to Laugharne for a solo show.

Harry Hill

Harry Hill in Flop! (I wrote a musical about the X Factor and all I got was a souvenir onesie).

Alexei Sayle

Alexei Sayle is a comedian, actor, presenter and writer. His television work as a writer and
performer includes ‘The Young Ones’, ‘Alexei Sayle’s Stuff’ and ‘The All New Alexei Sayle
Show’. He has appeared in numerous films from ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’ to
to ‘Gorky Park’ and his books include ‘Barcelona Plates’, ‘Overtaken’, ‘The Dog Catcher’
and ‘Stalin Ate My Homework’

Smash Hits

David Hepworth and Mark Ellen present the history of rock’n'roll in sixty minutes.

The Other Half ( Mark Billingham and My Darling Clementine)

The Other Half is a collaboration between crime writer Mark Billingham and country music duo
My Darling Clementine. It sees them coming together to present a dark glorious mix of story and song. The piece
is currently being recorded as an album with guest appearances from actor David Morrissey and
singer  Graham Parker

Omid Djalili

Omid Djalili is a British Iranian stand-up comedian, actor. television producer and writer, Two series of The Omid Djalili Show were broadcast on BBC1 in 2007 and 2009 and he appeared in 22 episodes of the NBC sitcom ‘Whoopi’ with Whoopi Goldberg . His acting credits have included Gladiator, The World Is Not Enough, The Infidel, Pirates of The Carrribean, Notting Hill and The Mummy. His autobiography ‘Hopeful’ was published to great acclaim in 2014.

Dr John Cooper Clarke

Something terrible would probably happen to the township of Laugharne if Dr John Cooper Clarke would not pay his annual visit so please welcome back the ‘Bard of Salford’. In addition to his non stop touring he has recently appeared on Celebrity Mastermind answering questions on the films of Elvis Presley, been a panellist on ‘Have I Got News For You’ and presented his own show on BBC6 Music

Stornoway (Brian Briggs solo)

Stornoway were formed when members Brian Briggs and Jon Ouin met during Fresher’s week at Oxford. In 2009 they became the  first unsigned band to ever appear on Later with Jools Holland. Their first two albums were on the 4AD label and both reached the top twenty with the debut album ‘Beachcomber’s Windowsill’ receiving a Silver Disc. Main singer/songwriterBrian Briggs will perform an exclusive solo show at Laugharne prior to the release of the third Stornoway album in April.

Chalkie Davies & Chris Difford

Legendary photographer Chalkie Davies will look back on his career with the help of his friend Chris Difford. Chalkie began working for the NME in 1973 and went on to photograph virtually all the greats of his time including David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Paul McCartney, The Ramones,The Clash, The Specials, Keith Richards and Ian Dury. A major retrospective of his work will be displayed in The National Museum of Wales, Cardiff in May 2015

Chris Difford is an English lyricist/songwriter best known for his collaborations with Glenn Tillbrook in Squeeze.

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