Words of wisdom from legend John

John Cooper Clarke
John Cooper Clarke

A BONA fide post-punk legend kicks off the week’s entertainment at The Flowerpot in Derby on Friday, October 21.

Poet and performer John Cooper Clarke’s biting and satirical verse and his unique delivery have made him one of the most distinctive performers of this or any era.

A hit on the punk scene, he broadened his appeal further by branching out into music albums, with his poems being given spicy backing by a succcession of talented musicians on albums such as Disguise In Love, Snap, Crackle and Bop and Zip-Style Method.

After a relatively fallow period in the 1980s and 90s, he’s back with a vengeance and still very much in demand on the live scene as a much-loved wordsmith and performer.

The King Street venue then enters tribute territory on Saturday, October 22, when The ELO Experience arrive to pay homage to Jeff Lynne and his gang of Brummie chart favourites.

The band bestrode the charts during the late 70s and early 80s thanks to mega hits such as Turn To Stone, Mr Blue Sky, Sweet Talkin’ Woman and many more.

The ELO Experience capture the very essence of the Electric Light Orchestra’s sound and the excitement of their impressive live shows.

Sunshine And Spinach are the latest act to participate in the Acoustic Wednesdays slot, in the bar, from 9pm on Wednesday, October 26.

Finally, there’s the welcome and eagerly-awaited return of Jackie Leven, the Scottish-born roots legend.

A convert to blues at a relatively young age, he started playing in local bands before introducing his own knockout material into his act, to increasing acclaim.

Over the years, there have been ups and downs for Jackie but his love of music has seen him through and his stock has remained high thanks to both his live performances and records.

Doors open for all gigs (expect the Acoustic Wednesdays slot) at 8pm and admission is £14 for John Cooper Clarke, £12 for The ELO Experience and £9 (£8 concessions) for Jackie Leven.

Ticket details are available by calling RAW Promotions on 01332 834438.