Hereford HR4 9DG
Hattie Hatstar & Stellar Friends
The Wild Hare Club presents an special evening of acoustic-comedy-punk-folk cabaret with the irrepressible Hattie Hatstar and stellar friends – poet Kate Doody, singer Libbertine Vale and a special DJ set of African and reggae tunes from DJ Debbie.
If, like Hattie Hatstar (accordion-slinger for hire), you’d spent the last twenty years or so treading the boards of the UK and European festival and cabaret circuit entertaining the masses, you’d know a fair bit about life: enough, in fact, to write a book or, like Hattie, write a few songs.
Hattie has a song for just about every aspect of the human condition. Expect drinking songs (of course), songs about underwear (knickers), boyfriends (this may or may not be a good thing), smoking (this also may or may not be a good thing), drugs (yeah, yeah), sex (you’ve perked up again), ageing disgracefully (we wouldn’t know) and Armageddon (sadly topical in these end days). Yes, songs about the very stuff that makes up all our lives. Oh, and murder… Not that I am suggesting you, or indeed Hattie, has ever actually killed anyone. Bet you’ve all thought about it though.
Come rain or shine, the warmth and wit of the one and only Hattie Hatstar will put a shit-kicking grin on your face which is just as well given the vagaries of the weather in this country.
AND HER STELLAR FRIENDS…
What to say about Kate? Well I’m not going to say very much lest I get myself into trouble but suffice to say that we have been friends for close on thirty years and over that time we have had a lot of fun. Kate is incredibly loyal and also knows a good thing when she sees/hears it and so is a regular at the WHC. In fact, Kate has been to more WHC shows than anybody else, other than myself, and for this I take my hat off.
Kate has many talents and among other things is a blacksmith. As it happens, it is more than likely that you have already met her, quite possibly in a field at Glastonbury. However, it is not for her ironwork that she has a coveted place in the WHC Hall of Fame but for her wordsmithing, for Kate is a poet, both pithy and witty.
Incidentally, according to Wikipedia, the song “Blacksmith”, also known as “A Blacksmith Courted Me”, is a traditional English folk song, that was noted down by Ralph Vaughan Williams in 1909 from a Mrs Ellen Powell of Westhope near Weobly, Herefordshire. On that occasion it was sung to the tune “Monk’s Gate”, better known as the tune of “To be a pilgrim”, the hymn by John Bunyan. Here’s a version by Steeleye Span, only because I couldn’t find the version by Jah Wobble and friends.
ALL HAIL the creative maelstrom that is Libbertine Vale!
Libbertine Vale is an artist and singer.
Most often to be found singing with far-out psych bands Omnia Opera and 7shades, Libertine is occasionally persuaded to come and sing her favourite melancholic songs acapella, the sort of songs that she sings to cows and sheep while she walks her dog.
Her macabre set of Uncomfortable Songs about Death, drawn from the dusty annals of folk tradition, will either kill or heal your ears. Fear not, it is not as grim as it sounds for contained within these tales there are (almost) always the seeds of renewal.
Libbertine’s artwork is worth a gander too. Armed with a sewing machine, Libby employs the process of machine sketching to create textiles that combine text and illustration to stitch together stories of contemporary life, such as her patchwork bedspread that on closer inspection reveals the day-to-day reality of a trafficked woman.
DJ DEBBIE / DEBBIE GOLT
Over in the Speakeasy we have broadcaster and DJ, DJ Debbie i.e. Debbie Golt, cut her DJ teeth spinning records at Rock Against Racism gigs in 1977/78 but her passion for music goes back to listening to early Beatles, Stones, Animals and then seeking the roots of the music they popularised.
Then it was seeing Motown artists on Top of the Pops and listening to Radio Caroline under the covers when she was supposed to be sleeping. That passion stepped up a gear when she moved to Manchester and spent long hours dancing at clubs such as The Nile, The Reno, The Afrique, Legends, Wigan Pier, Carmoor Road and The Russell Club. This love of music inevitably led to Debbie befriending musicians and DJs and naturally the next step was to begin DJing herself.
Witnessing an early UK show by Bob Marley and his fellow Wailers stirred Debbie’s soul and before long she was rooting about in various specialist vendors picking out tunes on scratchy Jamaican sevens. Reggae was and remains a major passion (not long ago she was invited to join Sisters in Reggae) but at some point Debbie found some Fela Kuti 12”s in much missed Flyover Records in Hammersmith and a new passion for the motherlode of African music began. (For anyone reading this who could do with a strong dose of Afrobeat NOW, here is Fela’s Zombie – which goes out especially to long-standing friend John Clarkson).
These days Debbie’s sets more often than not are an amalgam of great African and Jamaican sounds, entertaining crowds at festivals, gigs and clubs including Bestival, Shambala, Fusion Marrakech, RFH, Scala,100 Club, Passing Clouds and Richmix. This absolutely cracking set from the 2017 Musicport Festival leans more to the African side but gives an idea of the range of the material Debbie shapes into a very satisfying whole.
Debbie has a long-running interest and involvement in radio and is an accomplished broadcaster. Debbie was part of the first women’s radio station in London, Brazen FM, in the early ‘90s and later delivered 2 hour mix sets on the first internet radio station – Gaialive. These days Debbie has a regular spot on Resonance FM – (a sort of WHC for the radio) – her Outerglobe music magazine programme going out on Thursdays at 18.30-19.30 UK time and repeated Tuesdays at 08.00.
Having built up such a wide range of experience over the years, Debbie can now often be found delivering training or appearing as a panellist or keynote speaker at events such as WOMEX, In the City and Radio 1 Sound City. She has lectured at City University and Birkbeck. Sometimes Debbie goes back to SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) which some of the people reading this will remember as the hothouse of the African music scene in London in the 1980s when the whole ‘world music’ (I know) explosion introduced us to shedloads of glorious live music, blasting colour into our grey postpunk world.
Politicised from an early age, Debbie is a champion of women’s music and achievements and is chair of Women in Musicbut as ever seeking new musical delights and sharing them with others remains central to her being and that’s good news for the rest of us.
Tickets are £10 per person and are available HERE