Anthony John Clarke? Not only has he written four of the most popular songs on the folk scene – ‘The Only Life Gloria Knows’, ‘The Broken Years’, ‘Walking On Sunday’ and the immortal ‘Tuesday Night is Always Karaoke’, but he remains in essence the reason that folk clubs and festivals continue to thrive!
He is hilarious, serious, compassionate, irreverent, brave, challenging, and a proper guitarist with an instantly recognisable voice who, despite numerous attempts by Darth Vader to lure him to the dark side, remains one of the best and most engaging performers in the country.
A world travelled troubadour, the man is a lyrical feast with just a dash of Viking!
Oh my, what a night! All who were there will be able to say, "I saw Anthony John Clarke at the LFC...." Put simply, he was fablus... Faultless stage-craft combined with superb musicianship and a repertoire of songs which touched all aspects of life, love and the pursuit of happiness, (drunken nuns and questionable weekends in the big city notwithstanding!)
AJC's rapport with the audience was immediate and lasted throughout this most memorable evening. He really was the ultimate troubadour raconteur, the stories complimenting the songs and, in some cases, being the inspiration for them. (especially the Nuns & Karaoke!). Apologies to the landlord for the slight over-run, but the assembled masses just wouldn't let him go... Just brill!
Lyceum Folk Club of Newport: 24 September 2015