A three day festival celebrating the best of contemporary British songwriters… the songs that made us laugh, dance, cry and sing along …
Lyricull brings together the greats of British songwriting and fantastic performers for a 3 day festival to perform and talk about their careers and what inspires them.
Artists in conversation with Russ Litten
Russ Litten is the author of “Scream If You Want To Go Faster”, “Swear Down” and “Kingdom”. He has also written for TV, film, radio and the stage. In 2016 Russ, along with the internationally renowned producer and musician Steve Cobby, released the spoken word/electronica album “My People Come from the Sea”. The album “Boothferry” followed in 2017. A collection of short stories “We Know What We Are” will be published in 2018.
Suzi Quatro 12th April 6.00pm
Suzi Quatro is a trailblazer for women in the music industry. Playing bass guitar, writing songs and fronting her eponymous band, she rocked the 1970s. Working with legendary songwriters Chinn and Chapman. Suzi’s versatility is clear for all to see: as well being an author, it is performing which still gives her the biggest buzz. She is famously quoted as saying, “I will retire when I go on stage, shake my ass, and there is silence.”
Chris Difford Date 12th April 8.30pm
Chris Difford is a rare breed. As a member of one of London’s best-loved bands, the Squeeze co-founder has made a lasting contribution to English music with hits such as ‘Cool For Cats’, ‘Up The Junction’, ‘Labelled With Love’, ‘Hourglass’ and ‘Tempted’. Despite the fact that Chris has helped soundtrack so many fans’ lives since his first release in 1977, the passion for innovation and love of playing still drives him to carry on writing rather than sit back and admire his handiwork.
Glen Matlock 14th April Time 8.00pm
English to the core, Matlock was born and bred in Paddington, London.
Always in the thick of London culture, at the tender age of 16 and shortly before attending St Martins art school, Glen was not only hanging out but working in Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood’s Teddy boy shop on Kings Rd ‘Let it Rock,
There he overheard a conversation with erstwhile pilferers, Steve Jones and Paul Cook saying they were looking for a bass player for their then fledgling band. McLaren stepped in as manager and once Johnny Rotten had been recruited, the Sex Pistols were in business and kick started a huge cultural shift in English music’s worldwide platform as well as the building blocks of a full teenage rebellion against as the saw it, the dull and mundane.
Kevin Armstrong 15th April 8.00pm
Kevin Armstrong’s guitar playing has accompanied stars including David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Morrissey, Prefab Sprout, Sinéad O’Connor, Roy Orbison, Brian Eno, Grace Jones, Paul McCartney and Gil Evans. Tonight at Lyricull Kevin guides us through his legendary career with a guitar, specially selected film clips and in conversation with Russ Litten.