The Edinburgh Fringe
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is back this year for its 75th birthday, and Majk will be doing a live show, “Heroes, Revised“, at 16.30-17.30 on the 6th, 7th, 9th, 10th and 12th of August at The Quaker Meeting House (Venue 40). Tickets are £7(£5 concessions) from the Fringe website.
“Revised” because (a) we really need to re-think how we define a hero for the 21st century, and (b) it’ll be to some extent a re-worked and updated version of the online show Majk did for the Fringe in 2021.
He will also have a bit more time to spare this year than in previous Fringes, so expect to see Venue Nine and Three Quarters popping up here and there…
Out of the Bedroom and the Meadows Festival
Majk performs regularly at Out of the Bedroom, Edinburgh’s longest-running open mic night, and on Saturday the 4th of June it held an open mic stage at the Meadows Festival and welcomed about 25 amazing live acts. Majk hosted the first section and did a half-hour feature slot.
Time To Save The World!
In the run-up to the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow between the 31st of October and the 12th of November this year, I did what I could to bring the issue of the environment to people’s awareness through the medium of comedy songs, with a series of “micro-gigs” in and around Edinburgh in October and early November. The line-up was something like this:
Saturday 16th Oct: 11.45am-12.15pm, the Eco Fair, Out of the Blue Drill Hall, Dalmeny St, EH6 8RG
Sunday 17th Oct: Just after 12pm, the Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, EH1 2JL as we unveil our new “Quakers for Environmental Justice” banner and hang it from the Meeting Room window
Also Sunday 17th Oct: 3pm, Beetroot Sauvage Cafe, 33-41 Ratcliffe Terrace, EH9 1SX
Thursday 21st Oct: 3pm, SHRUB Zero Waste Hub, 22 Bread Street, EH3 9AF
Also Thursday 21st Oct: 7.30pm, singing on the beach at Portobello with the Protest in Harmony choir
Friday 22nd Oct: 7pm, the COP26 Pilgrimage ceilidh, Walpole Hall, St Mary’s Cathedral, Palmerston Place
Sunday 31st Oct: 1pm, Extinction Rebellion’s Climate demo at the Scottish Parliament
Wednesday 3rd Nov: 6.30pm, Typewronger Bookshop, 4a Haddington Place, EH7 4AE
Thursday 4th Nov: 4pm, SHRUB Zero Waste Hub, 22 Bread Street, EH3 9AFSaturday 5th Nov: 7pm, Corner Pocket pool & snooker club, 24-26 Buccleuch St, Dalkeith, EH22 1HA, supporting the amazing David Rovics!
Saturday 6th Nov: a cabaret slot at the Friends of The Earth international ceilidh in Govan, Glasgow
“Heroes” – Online Edinburgh Fringe concert
With the help of the amazing Sandy Butler I recorded my online show, “Heroes” for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this summer, and it looked bloody good.
The show was available to download on demand from the 6th to the 30th of August, and raised £262 from ticket sales, which went to support the Grassmarket Community Project in Edinburgh and Quaker work in the UK and abroad.
It included plenty of the trademark Majk Stokes humour, plus a couple of rather more serious songs, including a new one entitled “Real Heroes”, dedicated to all the NHS staff who’ve done so much to look after us all during the pandemic, and to all the essential workers who’ve kept the shops open and made sure that the country didn’t grind to a halt completely. Also with insights into the secret life of trainspotters, the reality of relationships, and what it means to be a hero in the 2020s, and featuring Quakers, protestors, superheroes, merry maidens, leeches and IT support guys.
I’m hoping I’ll be able to do a repeat showing at some stage later this year.
Songs From Lockdown- Comic Relief Fundraising Gig
I did another of my zoom gigs online on Comic Relief day, Friday the 19th of March: as it marked basically a year since the UK went into its first Covid lockdown, I performed some of the new songs and poems I’ve written over that time; and tried to raise a wodge of money for charity. It was my most international gig yet, with people tuning in from as far away as San Francisco and New Zealand; and we reached £935, which Comic Relief told me puts me in their top 10% of fundraisers!
And on Saturday the 27th of March, between 7 and 10pm, I took part in the wonderful Ceilidh Collective‘s equally wonderful Equinox Ceilidh, fundraising for the perhaps even more wonderful COP26 Coalition’s World Climate Ceilidh in October: I sang one of my songs and helped to raise a brilliant £1155.13 for an incredible cause!
TIME TO SAVE THE WORLD!
Online Album Launch Concert
7.30pm, Saturday 18th April 2020
*Zoom link below*
The title of Majk’s show in 2018/2019 was “One More Cup of Coffee, and then we’ll Save the World”, and broadly speaking it covered two subjects about which he feels passionate: coffee and the environment. Well, he’s had his cup of coffee, and now the world (still) needs saving, so this year he will be launching his new album “Time to Save the World”, with some more songs about the environment and other new material, plus one or two old favourites.
He was going to hold a live launch concert at the start of April, follow it up with a few gigs around the country and do a series of shows in the Edinburgh Fringe in August… and then Covid-19 happened.
In fact right now it feels like the world needs saving even more than before, so Majk has needed to take a bit of time to write a couple of new songs and subtly change the angle of the show to reflect the fact that we’re currently living through two crises. However he still believes the world can be saved, and so he invites you to join him on Zoom for an online launch gig on Saturday the 18th of April at 7.30pm.
Meeting ID: 768 6844 3641
I’ll send out the password individually- let me know if you’d like it.
Join the superheroes, coffee-drinking eco-warriors, bears and baboons, Martians and Venusians, Tasmanians and Yorkshiremen, ancient Romans, ageing rockers, IT workers and genetically-modified cats, and help to save the world.
Other Gigs to be announced
(when we can meet together in groups of two or more people again!)