A Celebration of Jake & Georges - 14th November 2017 - Sherman Theatre Cardiff
On 28 October 1973, Yorkshire singer songwriter Jake Thackray played a concert in Cardiff that he later described as the high point of his career.
It was the inaugural concert of the newly opened Sherman Theatre and Colin Evans, Reader in French at Cardiff University and friend of Thackray’s, had astonishingly persuaded French chanson ‘superstar’ Georges Brassens to play his one and only UK concert alongside Jake.
Little known outside of France, Brassens was a huge star in his own country and one of the most-celebrated French singers of the 20th century. During a career of nearly 30 years, Brassens sold more than 20 million records and in 1967 was awarded the poetry prize of the Académie Française.
Jake Thackray compared himself to Brassens (in typically self-deprecating style) as a ‘little known two-bit singer from Leeds’. Yet at this time Thackray was in fact at the height of his own fame having already made over 150 TV and radio appearances, often before audiences of millions on programmes such as Braden’s Week, The Beryl Reid Show and Look North. Thackray had also (briefly) fronted his own show Jake on the Box.