The Edinburgh Fringe! Majk is planning to build on the success of his recent tour of Australia by performing his show “One more cup of coffee, and then we’ll save the world” in the Edinburgh Fringe, 6.30-7.30 on Tuesday-Saturday 14th-18th August at the Quaker Meeting House (Venue 40.) After a pretty successful run at the Adelaide Fringe, a lovely gig in Canberra and a good reception on the open mic scene in Melbourne, and a hitch-hiking tour of South-Eastern Australia, he will be reprising his Adelaide show, taking in two of his greatest passions, the environment and coffee.
He is also playing three charity concerts in August, also at the Quaker Meeting House (Venue 40), with fellow musicians Beth Clarke and Palden Darvish (collectively known as the Midnight Strawberry Sessions) on Saturday the 4th; with Millie Hoddo and Ryan Gibson (glorious soundscapes with handpan drums and a variety of guitars) on Sunday the 26th; and with Sarah Phizacklea on Monday the 27th. All of these are 6.30-8.30 and all proceeds from ticket sales go to charity.
He also has songs online to download from itunes now!
The Adelaide Fringe! Because he went off to Australia to visit his sister in early 2018, Majk thought he’d make a go of it and put on a show in the Adelaide Fringe, which is like the Edinburgh Fringe only hot and sunny. His show, “One more cup of coffee, and then we’ll save the world” ran from 21st Feb-4th March at Basement Studios, Adelaide, and was well received, gradually building a bit of a following and decent audiences and getting a rather lovely review from Jude Hines of Stagewhispers: http://www.stagewhispers.com.au/reviews/one-more-cup-coffee-and-then-well-save-world
Tree-planting: in April Majk went off to Cumbria with some old friends to plant some trees in memory of the lovely Stephen Owen. He personally planted 14 trees, and put in stakes and rabbit guards for another couple of dozen, and he will be including them in the total of (at least) 80 trees that he has committed himself to planting this year, to go some small way towards countering the carbon emissions and general environmental damage caused by his flying to and from Australia… and by living in the Western world.
West Port Gardens Festival, 16th and 17th of June.
Beetroot Sauvage Vegan Cafe/Restaurant opening weekend, 19th and 20th of June.
Beetroot Cafe Raw Burns Night, Friday 26th January: an amazing meal and some rather good music (is there something of a theme going on there?)
Majk’s new CD, Too Much Caffeine, is now available: he held a small launch gig on Friday the 13th of October at Daylight Robbery on Dublin Street and a small tour of Edinburgh over the Autumn.
Majk had three concerts in the Edinburgh Fringe last year, entitled “Make Tea, Not War”, 7-9pm on Saturday the 5th, Sunday the 27th and Monday the 28th of August, featuring special guests handpan drum player Milly Hoddo (5th and 27th) and storyteller Mark Borthwick (28th), at the Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, EH1 2 JL. Between them they raised £373 (and 50 pence!) for the Meeting House’s designated charities in 2017.
Majk’s first CD, Scratch One, was a short-run fundraiser album for Akany Avoko, an orphanage in Madagascar, as part of a year-long national appeal that raised over £20,000.
Majk has written several songs for comedy cult project “The Enlightened Brethren of the Sacred Truth”