BOOKING OFFER: PATRIK FITZGERALD

Dear all,

I'm booking some dates for Patrik Fitzgerald.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4u4lAPV865Y

He is available from early December 2012 onwards:

Patrik Fitzgerald (born Patrick Joseph Fitzgerald, 19 March 1956, East
London)[1] is a singer-songwriter and an originator of folk punk[2] The
son of working-class Irish immigrant parents, he began recording and
performing during the punk rock movement in 1977, after working briefly as
an actor.
Early recordings

His early songs were generally short, sarcastic efforts, recorded with
just an acoustic guitar and occasional studio effects, with lyrics
containing a large amount of social comment. Fitzgerald was soon regarded
as an original of his genre, somewhere between a punk-poet and an urban
folksinger, and was lauded in some circles as "the new Bob Dylan". After
starting out as a busker, he approached David Bowie's original manager,
Ken Pitt, requesting his services; Pitt declined but an audition was set
up with Noel Gay in 1975 who also turned Fitzgerald down.

In 1976 Fitzgerald auditioned, alongside Mick Jones and Tony James for the
band London SS, again without success. After a spell acting in a communal
theatre group, he drifted towards the developing Punk scene. He was a
regular customer at the Small Wonder record shop in London, and when Small
Wonder launched a record label Fitzgerald was one of the first to submit a
demo - and got a deal, with the new label releasing his first three EPs,
the first being Safety-Pin Stuck In My Heart, still his best-known work,
and one which he subtitles "a love song for punk music". Patrik became a
regular performer at London Punk gigs, and supported The Jam on their
national tour.[3]
Polydor era

These early recordings attracted interest from Polydor who signed him up
to record his first LP, Grubby Stories in 1979, recorded with established
punk musicians including Robert Blamire of Penetration and John Maher of
the Buzzcocks.[1] The LP contained 17 tracks, 7 of them recorded with
these musicians.

Two singles were also released by Polydor, either side of the album, and
Fitzgerald undertook a tour with a new group of musicians: Colin Peacock
(guitar), Charlie Francis (bass) (later to join Toyah), and Rab Fae Beith
on drums (later of The Wall & UK Subs).

Fitzgerald appeared in the post-punk documentary 'Rough Cut and Ready
Dubbed' in 1979/80 contributing the title song 'Island of Lost Souls' and
one performance of 'Tonight' with Colin Peacock on keyboards.
Early 1980s

After being dropped by Polydor, he continued to play solo acoustic
concerts, gradually forsaking the ironic, sarcastic mode for a more
deeply-etched, darker formulation.

Now without a manager, Fitzgerald returned again to acoustic solo
performance, then releasing a single under the pseudonym Josef Garrett,
then, using a borrowed Revox, he began recording a series of backing tapes
to use in live performance. These recordings, based partly on the former
group's unreleased material, with Patrik playing everything, were released
in 1982 by Red Flame as his second album 'Gifts and Telegrams'.

At this point, Patrik Fitzgerald formed a small group of solo performers,
working under the banner, Ghosts of Individuals, and featuring himself,
David Harrow, U. V. Pop, Kevin Hewick and Anne Clark (known for her solo
albums on Red Flame). The forerunner of London's cabaret scene, the
Ghosts, like Fitzgerald's music, was aimed at, and appealed to London's
loners[citation needed].

In 1981, he released a five track 12" titled Tonight EP. This recording
was credited to a trio, Patrik Fitzgerald Group, comprising Fitzgerald -
credited with songs, guitars piano etc., Colin Peacock - credited with
synth and guitar, and Lester Broad - credited with saxophone. Engineer was
given as abbey. This EP had three tracks on side one - MR & MRS, Animal
Mentality and Tonight. Side two contained A Superbeing and Waiting for the
Final Cue.

Following this, in mid 1983, Patrik Fitzgerald formed a collusion with a
peripheral musician from the Ghosts, clarinet player Alistair Roberts, and
along with three more brass instruments players he recorded his next LP,
Drifting Towards Violence. The music on it is mostly acoustic, accompanied
by the gloomy sound of the brass section and hard-hitting lyrics. Released
by the Belgian label Himalaya the record went completely unadvertised,
and, consequently, sank without leaving a trace. The release was followed
by a solo tour of Europe, where Fitzgerald has retained a loyal following.
Return in 1986

In 1986 he released Tunisian Twist, which introduced a radical change of
style towards a more commercial sound. The album features a
guitar/bass/drums/keyboards band, with a brass section; its sound is thus
much fuller than Fitzgerald's previous work. The lyrics deal with subjects
as diverse as terrorism, surrogate birth and trade unionism in the climate
of Thatcher's "economic realism". While some of the songs are heavy with
ironic humour in the manner of Patrik Fitzgerald's early days, there
remains the biting incisiveness which has always been his hallmark.

In that year he also contributed a duo with Anne Clark to the compilation
LP Abuse - Artists For Animals, dealing with the controversy of
bullfights. In the absence of commercial success, Fitzgerald took a job as
a waiter at the British House of Commons, before relocating to Normandy in
1988. However, he found himself disenchanted and unable to find gainful
employment, and so returned to England three years later.
1990s and beyond

The early 1990s saw Fitzgerald return to playing gigs again, and he also
re-launched an acting career, the most high-profile engagement of which
was a version of Molière's The Miser at Stratford.

Seven years after his last release, 1993 saw the release of a new album on
Red Flame, Treasures from the Wax Museum, a compilation of early 80s
material, with four new tracks.

In 1995 he released Pillow tension on the Greek label Lazy Dog and
relocated to New Zealand. Beat Bedsit Records issued Room service a CD
with new bedroom recordings in 2001.

The album Floating Population (2006) was issued to coincide with a
European tour with Attila the Stockbroker. It contains a few new songs and
alternative versions/recordings of songs spanning his entire career.

Dark side of the room (2006) is a split CD with the band POG. It contains
12 tracks by Fitzgerald, mostly versions of old songs.

Spirit of Revolution (2007) is a split 7" single with punk poet Attila the
Stockbroker. It contains 5 tracks, 2 new Patrik Fitzgerald recordings. The
Next Revolution recorded live in Norway and Tired recorded in New Zealand
and sent by email to Norway, where industrial classical musicians and the
sound of rainfall were added and the track was mixed.

An early rough cut of film documentary called 'All the Years of Trying'
directed by Dom Shaw previewed on 6 March 2009 at the Kosmorama Film
Festival in Trondheim Norway. There was also a tribute concert organised
on the same day as part of the festival, organised by Crispin Glover
Records. The finished film, incorporating footage of the tribute gig
premiered at the Raindance Film Festival on 4 October 2009 and was shown
at London's Whitechapel Art Gallery on 24 April 2010 as part of the East
End Film Festival.

I hope to hear from you asap.

Regards.

Alain


Some Noise asbl
C/O Alain Bolle
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Belgium
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