Fringe Festivals! This year Majk is doing a small tour of his show “One more cup of coffee, and then we’ll save the world”, taking it to the Brighton Fringe (19th-22nd May), the Ludlow Fringe (16th June) and the Edinburgh Fringe (3rd, 25th and 26th August- other dates to follow)
Later this year he will be going back into the recording studio to record a new collection of songs- provisionally entitled “Sweets from Strangers”, it will feature some of the newer songs he’s been trying out recently, including one or two tracks which (gasp!) aren’t silly…
Potatoes and Broken Hearts: at the end of 2018 Majk realised he had written not only quite a lot of songs but also enough poems to fill a small book. So he produced a small book! Potatoes and Broken Hearts is available now from Typewronger Books in Edinburgh or you can order it online from this website.
He also has songs online to download from itunes now! They have been listed on iTunes etc under “Majk”, but having struggled with the fact that there’s a Kosovan musician, also called Majk, who’s way more famous than I am, I’m in the process of re-launching my “Too Much Caffeine” album as listed under “Majk Stokes”
The Adelaide Fringe! 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, Majk reprised his Adelaide show in 2018 at the Edinburgh Fringe, doing a run of gigs at the Quaker Meeting House (Venue 40) running from 14th-18th August and taking in two of his greatest passions, the environment and coffee.
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 2018 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 2018
Beetroot Sauvage Vegan Cafe/Restaurant opening weekend, 19th and 20th of June 2018
Beetroot Cafe Raw Burns Night, Friday 26th January 2018: 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 2017 at Daylight Robbery on Dublin Street and a small tour of Edinburgh over the Autumn.
Majk had three concerts in the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017, 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”