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Wednesday, January 07, 2009


I'm a fair way through organising a new tour of talks, though I hope many more will be clinched before the end of the month. I'm offering a new, revised version of Bob Dylan & the Poetry of the Blues, and so far the firm dates are these. If you see me, say hello:

“wit, erudition, loud music and rare footage”

Thu Feb 19, 8pm Colchester Arts Centre, UK
Church St., Colchester, Essex
Box Office: 01206 500900 /
tickets £10, £8 concessions

Fri Feb 20, 8pm Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick, Ireland
temporarily at 36 Cecil Street, Limerick, Eire
Box Office: ticketline 061 319 866 or:
tickets €15, €12 concessions

Fri Mar 6, 7.30pm Birkenhead Pacific Road Arts Centre, UK
Pacific Road, Birkenhead, Wirral CH41 1LJ
Box Office: 0151 666 0000 or:
tickets £10, £8 concessions

Tue Mar 31, tba Daemen College, Amherst NY, USA
4380 Main Street, Amherst NY 14226
Box Office: n/a; free admission (may be campus members only)

Thu Apr 2, 4.30pm Washington College, Chestertown MD, USA
The Rose O’Neill Literary House, 300 Washington Avenue,
Chestertown, Maryland 21620
Box Office: n/a; free admission (may be campus members only)

Fri Apr 3, 7.30pm Nyack Village Theatre, Nyack NY, USA
94 Main Street, Nyack NY 10960
Box Office: [001] 845-367-1423
tickets $20

Fri Apr 17, 8pm Buxton Opera House, UK
Water Street, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6XN
Box Office: 0845 127 2190 /
tickets £8

Thu Apr 23, 7.30pm Herne Bay Little Theatre, UK
Box Office: 01227 366004
tickets £12, £10 concessions

Wed Apr 29, 4.30pm Farmingdale State College, State Univ. of New York, USA
English & Humanities Department, Farmingdale State College
2350 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale (Long Island)
NY 11735-1021, USA; Tel: [001] 631-420-2050
Box Office: n/a; free admission (may be campus members only)

Sat May 2, 8pm Bridgwater Arts Centre, UK
11-13 Castle Street, Bridgwater, Somerset TA6 3DD
Box Office: 01278 422700 /
tickets £12, £10 concessions

Sat May 9, 8pm The Market Theatre, Ledbury, UK
Market Street, Ledbury, Herefordshire HR8 2AQ
Box Office: c/o Tourist Information Office 01531 636147 /
tickets £10

Wed May 13, 7.30pm Uppingham Theatre, Rutland UK
32 Stockerston Road, Uppingham, Rutland LE15 9UD
Box Office: 01572 820820 / / or in person at Uppingham Bookshop
or at Stamford Arts Centre
tickets £8.50

Fri May 15, 7.30pm Cotswold Playhouse, Stroud
Parliament Street, Stroud GL5 1LW
Box Office c/o Stroud Tourist Office: 01453 760960 /
tickets £12, £11 priority booking, £10 concessions

Sat May 16, 7.30m Festival of the Spoken Word, Berwick-on-Tweed, UK
The Main House, The Maltings Theatre & Arts Centre,
Eastern Lane, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1AJ
Box Office: 01289 330999 /
tickets £10, £8 concessions

Fri May 29, 7.30pm Exchange Studio, Hazlitt Arts Centre, Maidstone
Earl Street, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1PL
Box Office: tel 01622 758611/
tickets £12.50, £10 concessions

Sat May 30, 8pm Bridport Arts Centre, Dorset UK
South Street, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3NR
Box Office: 01308 424204 /
tickets tba


Blogger joe butler said...

Dear Michael
Did you have a Dylan free Xmas? My wife bought me the encyclopedia, but has decided to save it for my birthday in april! I also received the "I'm not there" sound track which I'd recommend. And did you hear Adelle's version of "make you feel my love"?
Are you really going to cross the Atlantic twice on your tour?
I hope to catch the gig around the Midlands. Would you allow me to try and sell some of my work outside your gig? You can see all my work on my blog.If not, no sweat
I shall just pepper you with Leavisite interrogations.


5:12 pm  
Blogger Michael Gray said...

Dear Joe
Not a Dylan-free Christmas, no. We were given Nashville Skyline on CD (to add to the two vinyl copies we have and play), and I bought myself the first album on CD (vinyl ditto). I have the I'm Not There and I'd agree with you. That version of 'Goin To Acapulco' has been played in our car over a hundred times.

Nobody's version of 'Make You Feel My Lurve' is of interest to me.

Yes, twice. Possibly three times (further possible North American gigs in the offing). It's a hard life.

Hope to see you in the Midlands, then - and yes of course you can try to sell your work outside my gig. Just not inside where I'll be trying to sell mine.

Come and say hello, but spare me the Leavisitis.

5:47 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looking forward to the Nyack show. My buddy and I are wondering if you would object to us standing you a drink or two afterward.

2:30 pm  
Blogger Michael Gray said...

Dear Steven
What kind of socially inept ingrate would I have to be to object to that?! It's kind of you: and I'm pleased to hear you're going to be there. I hope you're booking your seats - it's the smallest theatre on my tour, by quite some way...

Best wishes~

6:09 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Looking in forward to hearing you on march 6.I'm researching music tourism and use your comment on Hibbing and the 'incandescent' Dylan legacy to compare and contrasts with Memphis,Lubbock and Liverpool.I think we've probably met some of the same people in Hibbing including the wonderful B.J and Leona.He was very touched by the word 'homage' you wrote.
David Leaver

9:10 pm  

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